October 12, 2018

$1M donation launches Boys & Girls Club of Hartford’s new fundraiser

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
From left to right: Sam Gray, president and CEO, BGCH; Christopher Swift, chair of the BGCH Capital Campaign (Chairman & CEO, The Hartford); Alan Kreczko, chair of BGCH board of trustees; Gregory Davis, club alumni, member of BCGH board.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford (BGCH) announced a new fundraising campaign Friday aimed at financing a new facility in the Capital City's South End.

BGCH said the fundraiser has been kickstarted by a $1 million pledge from property and casualty insurer The Hartford, with its CEO and chairman, Christopher Swift, serving as the campaign's chair.

The new facility, also supported by $7 million pledged by the State Bond Commission, will serve an additional 1,500 children in the city's southeast corridor, where nearly a third of Hartford's youth live and go to school.

Alan Kreczko, chairman of BGCH's board of trustees, said the club will help increase graduation rates and lower crime and teen pregnancy rates.

The first Boys & Girls Club was established in Hartford 158 year ago, as the organization now has clubs in all 50 states.

The club offers academic, civic and nutritional programs to help children and their families.

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