The “2008 Positive Place for Kids Campaign” has reached its $1.3 million goal for the Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County.
And the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club has received a pledge of $50,000 from the Continuous Blessings Foundation, which plans to contribute $200,000 over the next five
“This is the most money ever raised in our annual campaign,” Jim Little, board chair, says the Wake clubs’ annual campaign, a four-month effort that involved 300
For the first time, the campaign included a challenge grant that matched any new or increased corporate contributions dollar for dollar up to $25,000.
Top donors included WakeMed, Cargill, RBC Bank, Bank of America, The Allstate Foundation, Progress Energy, SAS, Duke Hospital, Capmark Foundation, Continuous Blessings Foundation, Capital Bank, AT&T, Carolina Hurricanes Foundation, Rex Hospital and First Citizens.
Media campaign sponsors Time Warner Cable, Capitol Broadcasting and Myriad Media also supported the campaign with contributions.
Co-directing the campaign were Little and Guy Lucas, board vice-chair.
Located in seven locations throughout Wake County, the Boys & Girls Clubs organization serves more than 4,000 at-risk youth ages six to 18.
The pledge to the Zebulon club includes $40,000 for naming rights at the group’s facility at Zebulon Middle School, and to reserve naming rights for a gym the Boys & Girls Club will build at its permanent facility in Zebulon.
The remaining $10,000 sponsors the club’s day-camping session through July 18 in Nash County.
The Continuous Blessings Foundation, formed in memory of former Zebulon resident Chris Bunn, plans to contribute $200,000 over the next five years for the gym.
Bunn died last year from cancer.
A financial adviser at Merrill Lynch, Bunn was active in sports in the area and played football and baseball at Virginia Military Institute.