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From the latest news stories to recent event highlights, this is your complete Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) information resource page.

Cocoa Branch Grand Opening!

On January 15, BGCCF proudly unveiled our new Cocoa Branch to the local community. Nearly 100 guests and capital campaign supporters attended the official grand opening and toured the beautiful new Club… our third in Brevard County. The two story, 10,000 square foot Club features a youth game room, teen center, sound studio, tech lab, and much more. Thank you to everyone for helping to make this much-needed location a reality for children in the Cocoa/Rockledge area.

Cocoa Grand Opening

BGCCF Named Four-Star Charity By Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator

We’re proud to have earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator—only 3% of nonprofits nationwide can claim this accomplishment. We’ve worked hard to be fiscally accountable and demonstrate to our supporters that we are an open book committed to running a sound organization. Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please CLICK HERE to view our four star rating.

Orlando Sentinel Family Fund - Boys & Girls Clubs Keep Kids in the Classroom:

Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel and a generous grant from the McCormick Foundation, our Tupperware Brands Branch is helping children thrive academically. The Orlando Sentinel’s Holiday Family Fund Story demonstrates how our Clubs, programs and staff are keeping children off of the streets and in the classroom. Check out the story by Mike Bianchi – CLICK HERE.

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Orlando Magic Holiday Shopping Spree:

Glen Davis and Andrew Nicholson from the Orlando Magic teamed up with Pepsi and Walmart to give a little cheer to some of our children this season. Club members from our Buenaventura Lakes, Parramore and W. Orange Branches were treated to a holiday shopping spree, each receiving $100 gift cards. Members purchased gifts for themselves and for family members—all in the spirit of giving and receiving. The generous event culminated with a check presentation to BGCCF president & CEO, Gary Cain. We are grateful to everyone who took part in this event and provided some happy memories for our members this holiday season… most may not otherwise have anything under their tree this year.

Magic Holiday Shopping Spree

Orlando Sentinel: Studies Show How Boys & Girls Clubs Improve Chidren’s Lives

This article from the Orlando Sentinel demontrates how Boys & Girls Clubs are safe havens for at-risk children. Investing in Boys & Girls Clubs is a true return on your investment. CLICK HERE to read the article.

Supporter Spotlight: Wells Fargo and our Mims Branch

Recently, our Mims Branch in Brevard County hosted an important session on banking and financing with Wells Fargo Bank. Club members learned about how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, and pay for college. All of our Clubs promote financial responsibility and independence and with the help of our friends from Wells Fargo, we are continuing to educate members on how to look out for their personal financial future.

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Club members, Andrea, Daliah, Keidrick, Thaddeus, Frederick, and
Keinaudre, with Daniel Wong from Wells Fargo Bank.

Community Spotlight: Taft Branch Remembers

On September 11, Keystone and Torch Club  members from the Taft Branch created a thank you banner to recognize local firefighters at Fire Engine Station 73. In addition to the specially created banner, each firefighter received their own personalized wreath to remember the day.  We appreciate their continued service and dedication to the people of our local Taft community. Thank you for all you do!

Taft Remembers 9-11

Supporter Spotlight: Russ Salerno

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Russ Salerno, BGCCF Board Member, with Pamela Sible, Special Events Director. 

As a dedicated supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) for more than four decades, board member Russ Salerno is committed to making a difference in the lives of Central Florida youth.

Russ, who has served as a BGCCF board member for more than 40 years, is a BGCCF alumnus who attended Evans High School in Pine Hills.

Along with his Evans High School 1960’s Reunion class, Russ recently donated a brand new set of golf clubs that will go to a BGCCF Club member, and raised $1,300 for the End of Summer Program at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse and for membership scholarships to that Club (photo above).

We are grateful for your unconditional support and inspiration to our Club members and staff. Thank you, Russ, for your service to our local youth!

Volunteer Spotlight: Alison Fox

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Alison with Walt Disney World Clubhouse service director, Jose Bastias at the 2013 Annual Meeting in February, where she was named one of the three Volunteers of the Year.

Meet Alison Fox, a volunteer whose heart is as big as her impact on the Club members she meets with every week. She is a graphic designer, a mentor, and a friend to many. Whether it’s spending an entire day getting her hands dirty by helping to build our Club’s KABOOM! playground, working with Club members on crafts and homework, Alison plays a vital role in the development and lives of our Club members as a caring adult role model.

Q: How long have you been a volunteer with BGCCF?

A: I have been a volunteer at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse for the past nine years, and I visit every Friday.

Q: How did you first get involved with BGCCF?

A: I heard about volunteering at BGCCF through my work, Turnstile Publishing Co., and I thought it sounded like a great opportunity where I would get to help kids in our community.

Q: What do you do at the Club when you volunteer?

A: I get to play and socialize with the younger Club members. I love being with the younger ones because you get to observe all of them together and you get to see who may need a little extra push to participate in activities.

Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering at the Club?

A: Meeting new friends and seeing them grow up!

Local Pro Golfer and Wife Donate Fence to Universal Orlando Foundation Branch

Universal Orlando Foundation Branch Fence Collage

The Universal Orlando Foundation Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) was recently spruced up thanks to a generous gift from BGCCF volunteer Erica Holmes, and her husband, professional golfer and PGA Tour player, J.B. Holmes.

Club members will now have a more secure and safely fenced outdoor space dedicated to physical  activities like kickball, football, and other fitness programs that promote active and healthy lifestyles.

Thank you, Erica and J.B. for your generosity!

Gary Cain Named Among Top 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando

Orlando Magazine Top 50 2013

For the second consecutive year, BGCCF president & CEO Gary Cain was named among the Top 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando by Orlando Magazine!

Congratulations, Mr. Cain! To read the full article from Orlando Magazine, CLICK HERE.

New Park Opens at the Temple Terrace Branch

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This June, our Temple Terrace Branch in Brevard County celebrated the opening of a new park at their Club that features new park benches and tables, a swing set, slide, merry-go-round, monkey bars and more. The ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 22nd included face painting, games, prizes, food and lots of fun.

The new park was made possible with the help of the Housing Authority of Brevard County and began as a community service project that Temple Terrace teen Club members organized for Keystone Club. The teens created a proposal for a new playground to be constructed in their neighborhood and then presented it to the members of the Housing Authority, including Mr. Mike Bean, CEO, earlier this year.

We are proud of our teens for the creativity and hard work they put into their design to create a space where families can play and meet, and we are extremely grateful to the Housing Authority of Brevard County for making this dream park a reality!

To see the photo gallery from the ribbon-cutting ceremony, please CLICK HERE.

IHOP Provides Breakfast for Downtown Branch & Parramore Teen Center Club members

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For the third year in a row, the IHOP restaurant on E. Colonial Drive in Orlando brought more than 100 Club members from the Downtown Branch and Parramore Teen Center a yummy, hot breakfast to kick off the start of their summer break.

Club members enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs, and thanked the IHOP volunteers who prepared and served them the meal. Thank you, IHOP, for your generosity and for creating a special morning for our Club members!

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Yr End 13 newsletterJJ Redick Foundation, Pepsi Team Up to Give Back

J.J. and Chelsea Redick with Club members 12_12JJ Redick and BGCCF Club member

On Dec. 18, 75 Club members from the Taft, East Altamonte and West Sanford Branches of BGCCF went
on a holiday shopping spree at a local Walmart with the Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick, Josh McRoberts and
Andrew Nicholson. The event was made possible thanks to a generous gift of both gift cards and a separate
donation totaling $2,500 from the JJ Redick Foundation as well as $7,500 in gift cards and a cash donation
from Pepsi. Thanks for bringing “Magic” to our Club members this holiday season!

‘Party with a Purpose’ Raises $25,000 for BGCCF

Recently, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation
hosted their 2013 Party with a Purpose at the Hard Rock Live Orlando and raised $25,000
for BGCCF! Thank you everyone at PCMA for your generous contribution.

PCMA 2013

SunTrust Foundation announces gift to BGCCF

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Orange County Regional History Center Joins #GivingTuesday Movement

CLICK HERE to learn how #GivingTuesday is benefitting BGCCF!

The Great Race

BGCCF Members Get Sneak Peek of New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort

New Fantasyland Preview

Walt Disney World Gives BGCCF Members a Sneak Peek at New Fantasyland

All Aboard the Disney Fantasy Ship!

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Karl Holz, Disney Cruise Line president, presents generous donation to Gary Cain.

Disney Fantasy Group

Families & Club members joined by Disney VoluntEARS on Castaway Cay Island in 2012. 

In March 2012, Disney Cruise Line surprised BGCCF again with another magical opportunity…this time to sail aboard the newest ship in their fleet, the Disney Fantasy!

What better way to celebrate the arrival of the Disney Fantasy than to mark the occasion with a $250,000 contribution to help support our Brevard County Capital Campaign and upcoming Club in the Cocoa community. The generous gift was announced during a special “Plaque & Key” Exchange Ceremony which celebrated the arrival of Disney’s newest ship and commemorated the inaugural call of the Disney Fantasy on Port Canaveral.

Approximately 20 BGCCF families and Youth of the Year winners from various Clubs eagerly boarded the Disney Fantasy for an unforgettable three-day cruise that included an exciting sail-away party, meaningful community service project that yielded 100 art supply kits that would be later contributed to local Bahamian schools, as well as BGCCF. Thank you to Disney for offering our families this unforgettable opportunity…welcome home, Disney Fantasy!

We Welcome Inquiries from the Media

If you are a member of the media seeking more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, please contact Tina Ashe in our Marketing & Communications Department at or 407.841.6855.