Over $1 million donated to Boys & Girls Clubs, will help improve technology lab

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming annual giving campaign has raised over $1,024,000 “preliminary dollars.”

“At the annual Boys & Girls Clubs Awards and Recognition Breakfast held in Casper on August 28, 2019, more than one-million dollars was donated to support the Building Connections Campaign that will expand the Club’s technology center, support Club programs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the Club,” a Wednesday announcement states.

Some of the donated funds will go toward relocating and expanding the Susie McMurry Technology Center at the Boys and Girls Clubs Main Club in Casper.

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“’We have simply outgrown our current tech center. In order to provide the tools and resources our kids need to thrive in school and to be prepared for the careers that are awaiting them, we need to update our tech-related programs and equipment,’ said Ashley Bright, CEO, BGCCW.'”

“’To do this, we will add just over 2,200 square feet to the ground floor of our East K Street building, allowing us to provide digital arts learning space, robotics lab, more computer stations, and instruction space.’”

The project is expected to get undeway this fall.

Other uses for the donations are to support Boys & Girls Club programs.

“Funds will also go toward supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s $3.6 million annual budget,” they said. “The organization serves over 11,000 kids at 10 sites in three counties, including outreach programs like Cowboy Ethics and financial literacy at WyoTowne.”

Bright thanked the community for their support.

“’It is an honor to serve this generous community through our work with its families and children,’ said Bright. ‘We are humbled and grateful for the amazing support. We are blown away.’”