Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and more than 300 donors, community leaders and supporters will participate in a donor appreciation event that will support local young people and their families on Thursday, Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m.. The event will start with entertainment, food and networking at our Taft Street location and the Club will honor Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and more than a dozen donors.

The Club will announce the winner of the John and Jo Ellen Mckenzie Scholarship Fund where a local student will win a $100,000 scholarship to college. The Club will provide scholarships to two additional students due to the generosity of Steve Olson, Al Toon and Aaron Olson.

The Club will cut a ribbon opening its new community, teen and fitness facility, which will become the first facility of its kind in south Madison. The Club will honor Craig and Karen Christian, American Family, Hovde Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital, National Guardian Life, Metcalfes, Rhyme, Findorf and other donors for investing more than $150k in this new community and teen fitness space. In addition, Rose Bowl Champion and former Wisconsin Badger player Haywood Simmons will be named the lead health and wellness coach.

The Club will conclude the program by announcing Anne Gillespie, a principal from Chicago Public Schools, as it new Chief Academic Officer and the Boys & Girls Clubs CEO will give a progress report to the community of its strategic goals and objectives moving forward.