Boys and girls clubs of Bay County celebrated 50 years of service to our community on June 16th, 2015. Many community members and leaders gathered to join in the celebration. The celebration was held at the 19th Street Boys and Girls club among the kids as they enjoyed the wonderful services the clubs provide.
Our very own Larry Perry and Eric Garmon were in attendance. Other attendees included Greg Brudnicki (Mayor of Panama City), Gail Oberst (Mayor of Panama City Beach), Mike Nichols (Panama City Commission Ward IV), Mike Nelson (Bay County Commission District 1), Bill Dozier (Bay County Commission District 3) and Guy Tunnell (Bay County Chairman and Commission District 4). Tunnell, Nelson, and Dozier presented an official proclamation memorializing the event.
The clubs currently provide after-school and summer enrichment to more than 750 local children in their four facilities, board member and former club member Arthur Cullen said. Of those children, 57 percent come from single-parent families, 55 percent are minorities, 77 percent are on free or reduced lunch plans and 60 percent are on scholarship. Last summer the clubs served 40,000 meals to their members, a program Cullen called “one of the greatest things” the clubs do. They also offer swimming lessons at the only local aquatics center for children.
From all of us here at #TeamPY, a heart-felt thank you goes out to everyone at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County!