Event Will Highlight Demonstrations of Many Club Programs
Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs will observe its 75th anniversary with a community open house on Thursday September 21 from 4 – 7 pm. The celebration will take place on the Club’s campus, located at 450 South Sunrise Way in Palm Springs and will feature demonstrations of many Club programs, tours of the new Health and Wellness Center, and the opening of its new Panda Cares Homework Room. Refreshments will be served and community members will be able to interact with Boys & Girls Club staff and board members.
“At the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs we have a saying: Great futures start here,” said Margaret Keung, Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs CEO and Executive Director. “Since 1948 we have been inspiring greatness in local youth to enable and inspire young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At this Open House, we will be able to showcase some of our important programs that offer needed structure for kids and help us provide a vital place of stability. We invite the community to stop by and see how our organization directly and positively impacts the lives of area youth.”
At 4:15 pm, the new Panda Cares Center of Hope homework room, renovated with support from Panda Cares Foundation, will be officially unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Eunice Munoz, Area Coach of Operation of the Panda Cares Center of Hope, will offer some remarks about the partnership between Panda Cares and the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs. After this, participants will proceed to the Club’s gymnasium, where Keung will deliver opening remarks and receive a donation check from Desert Regional Medical Center. At 4:45 pm, Open House participants may explore the various program spaces on the campus to observe various programs in action. The spaces include the gymnasium, where pickleball, basketball, and 9 Square will be played, the art room where jewelry made of plastic Perler beads will be created, the Health and Wellness Center, and the Games Room, where Club members will demonstrate their skills at pool, table tennis, and shuffleboard. All attendees will be able to enjoy food graciously donated by Panda Express and Club members will receive donated books and other items. At 6 pm, Club members will participate in a raffle for an Xbox Series S model.
“Part of our 75th anniversary celebration involves reaching out to the many people who have enjoyed our services through the years,” Keung said. “We are asking all previous Club members, board members, and staff to let us know how they have benefitted from our programs and share their positive stories with us by submitting short summaries on our web site. We look forward to continuing this 75th anniversary celebration with everyone.”
Additional celebrations will take place throughout the season, including the upcoming “Be A Hero For Kids” Halloween Bash to be held October 29, 2023 at 4:30 pm at the Hilton Resort Palm Springs. The 2024 Honorees at this annual event are Patty Delgado Service, who will receive the 75th Anniversary Inspiration Award, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who will receive the 75th Anniversary Community Superhero Award, and Steve Tobin and Johnny Krupa, who will receive the 75th Anniversary Champions for Youth Award. 100% of all donations will directly benefit Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit bgcps.org/events.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs:
The Boys & Girls Club mission and vision are “to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Since 1948, it has been inspiring greatness in local youth and is committed to providing a Club experience that ensures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors.
The organization is committed to serving the youth in and around the City of Palm Springs. It strives to instill strong character, leadership skills, academic success and healthy living habits amongst its members and see them through to high school graduation, growing and retaining a solid membership foundation that will focus on pillars of community service, education, arts, and health and wellness.
BGCPS is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring equality and inclusion for all young people. It supports all youth and teens of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion in reaching their full potential. For more information visit bgcps.org or call 760-327-7544