Sun Lakes Garden Club supports the Boys and Girls Club

A donation from the Garden Club provided the tree and smaller plantings. Shown here are participating teens, Garden Club members, and governing members and staff of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass.

The Garden Club of Sun Lakes continued its philanthropic activities by presenting a generous check to Amy Herr, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass. The money will be used for beautification of the Banning location, as well as sponsorship of teenagers to attend the Clubs’ six-week Summer Camp.

“We are so appreciative of the generosity of Sun Lakes,” said Herr, as she accepted the check from Maureen Keeney, Chairman of the Garden Club’s See’s Candy Fundraiser.

Herr founded the Banning chapter in 2006 with only five youngsters. There are now 12 locations in the Pass area, from Cabazon to Yucaipa, serving about 750 participants per day, ages 5-18 years old. The Banning location is utilized by about 30 teens each day. Satellites clubs for after-school programs can be found in all schools in Banning and Beaumont except the high schools.

Activities provided in the Club’s main location are wide and varied, including homework support, billiards, air hockey, board games, ping pong, non-violent video games, basketball, foos ball, and use of a piano. The Club has a separate full-size kitchen, with food donated by Walmart, food pantries, or individuals. Cooking classes are available to emphasize a healthy lifestyle, and arts and crafts are held in the area, which is completely tiled.

There are separate rooms for a STEM lab with 3D printers, a Creativity Room with a recording booth, photography equipment, and musical instruments, and a Young Justice Program presented in conjunction with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. Classes and guest speakers are also provided.

Summer Camp for 150 teenagers will be held from June 12-July 26 at Nicolet Middle School and Brookside Elementary. Some academics will be provided, too, although they will be “camouflaged.”

To join the Boys and Girls Clubs, teens need a signed application from their parents/guardians. They pay $10 per year, or 25 cents a week, or nothing at all. For more information about joining or volunteering in this wonderful non-profit organization, see bgcsgpass.com, or call (951) 922-3259.

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