Tucked behind the Edgartown School on Robinson Road in Edgartown, the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club just celebrated their 80th year providing a safe and affordable place for children to learn and have fun. The event took place July 27 under a beautiful tent on their property.
From its inception in 1937 as the Edgartown Boys Club, the organization evolved to the Boys Club of America in 1938, the Edgartown Boys and Girls Club in 1983 and then two years later adopted its current name.
Throughout the year around 100 children come to the club every day for the after school drop-in program or full day summer camp.
Howard, as past president of the Board, and I attended this fabulous 80th anniversary celebration. The Boys & Girls Club is such an important component in the Island culture but few of our summer residents understand the importance of this modest but most effective organization. They act as the happy holding place for kids who would otherwise be latchkey kids, assisting them with homework and providing athletic and creative activities.
Mike Donaroma donated the fabulous flowers arrangements and luscious green plants that decorated the tent. He also spoke, sharing with all how important the Club was when he was growing up. Kudos to the many Island restaurants and caterers who provided the fabulous food.
So many of the kids of all ages helped to pass appetizers and were a good example of the happy environment they enjoy at the club. Vineyard Vines provided their shirts and they looked fabulous and so enthusiastic to be part of the celebration.
Want to get involved? Tax-deductible donations of clothing and household goods to the club’s Second Hand Store on N. Summer Street in Edgartown help to support the club’s programs. Volunteers are always needed there and at the club itself to help with tutoring, special events and office work. To learn more about the organization, visit www.mvbgclub.org