Offer aids Boys & Girls Club

MILFORD – The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley has received a big boost for its capital campaign to build a new addition: An anonymous donor offered to match donations through June or up to $100,000.

Over the last year, the club has raised more than $2.3 million, or about 75 percent of the $3 million needed to expand the facility. "This generous offer to match donations is a great boost to our optimism and confidence about our ability to successfully complete this campaign in a timely fashion," Executive Director Susan Taylor said in a press release.

The addition will include a new gym for more sports and recreational activities, and a teen center with a separate entrance. Renovations to the current facility will improve access to academic, STEM-based programs (science, technology, engineering and math) and performing arts. There will also be a video-game room and a kitchenette as part of the 2,500-square-foot teen center, located next to the gym.

The addition will allow the club to renovate and reconfigure its spaces, which are now too small. Membership increased by more than 200 percent over the last decade and an average of 177 kids go there each day.

Built around the former home of the American Stage Festival, the club serves more than 850 young people a year from Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon and other Souhegan Valley communities. The campaign leadership team has been meeting for almost a year. John Morison, of Hitchiner Manufacturing, the team’s leader, announced the public phase of the campaign to a group of early donors at a reception in February.

Assisting Morison are Paul Amato, founder of Alene Candles; Don Brezinski, of Southern New Hampshire University; Marc Chareth, of Edward Jones Investments,;Allise de Smet, of Jay Steel; Jay Dinkel, of Enterprise Bank; Lew Dokmo, an independent defense and space professional; Mike Tule, of the McClane- Middleton law firm; Alan Woolfson, of Monarch Instrument; and Seth Zeigler, of BigPicWellness. For more information about the expansion, visit www.svbgc.org/building forthefuture or email Taylor