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City of Albany Receives Boys & Girls Clubs of America CARE Award

Special to the Metro

Albany, GA - The Children are the Reason for Excellence (CARE) Award is given annually to recognize individuals, donors, and corporations from all sectors for their outstanding efforts to impact the lives of the children who need us most throughout the Georgia area.

The CARE Award is given to an individual or business not directly affiliated with the Club organization who has provided outstanding in-kind or direct support to their local Boys & Girls & Boys & Girls Clubs across the state. Marvin B. Laster, Chief Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany stated, “The CARE recipients have made a major difference for the Boys & Girls Club Movement. There were multiple deserving submissions this year. However, the Committee chose to honor two CARE recipients this year. The City of Albany is one of those recipients and receives the award due to their partnership which has already surpassed the expectations of the Boys & Girls Clubs across the state. Some of its benefits will be demonstrative over time as club members begin to thrive right here in the good life City. As a result of the continual support from the City of Albany, the Club is able to continue to provide much needed services and is a model for the state of Georgia.” The City of Albany has been a long-standing partner of the Boys & Girls Club. Since the 1960’s the City partnered with the Albany Boys & Girls Club’s Olympic sized pool next to its Jefferson Street Unit. City Manager, Sharon D. Subadan credits the progress of the ongoing partnership between the City & BGC to the support given by the Mayor and Board of City Commissioners. This partnership continues to bring strength of the city government & BGC to expand and enhance opportunities for even more youth. The Board of Commissioners approved a new management agreement for the BGC at Thornton Park to include a brand new pool and splash park. The pool opened this summer and the newly renovated Club will open this winter. The Board of City Commissioners offers financial support to operate the Jefferson Street pool as well and are working on a SPLOST sales tax project that, along with other projects in the City, will update & refurbish this pool. Ms. Subadan said, “the Mayor, Board of City Commissioners and I are so honored to support a program that is responsible for literally thousands of kids learning water safety and honored to receive the CARE award.” The CARE Award was presented earlier this month at the Boys & Girls Clubs Georgia Area Council Meeting held in Atlanta GA.