Boys and Girls Club ribbon-cutting draws crowd, praise

Boys and Girls Club ribbon-cutting draws crowd, praise

A large crowd braved rain and a cold wind in Kennewick Tuesday afternoon to witness a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Boys and Girls Club (BGC)’s newest clubhouse, just north of Park Middle School.

Tri-Cities woman of the year Marilee Eerkes and the president of Sun Pacific Energy, her husband Craig were on hand to cut the ribbon, opening the multi-million dollar facility.

The 23 thousand square-foot house is also named after the Eerkes, whose philanthropy and connections made the community-funded project possible.

Organizers say the new building boasts rooms for games, art and STEM projects, a kitchen, cafeteria and full-size gymnasium.

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BCG president and CEO Jim Clark flew in to celebrate the non-profit’s newest endeavor.

He told Action News the activities now the activities now available to the community will change our community for generations.

"So many kids are going to be in successful in life because of this, and that's what Boys and Girls Clubs do," he said. "When kid's have a positive experience at a Boys and Girls Club they get more A's and B's in school, they skip less school, they're more likely to graduate highschool and go on to be successful."

Clark says Tuesday’s grand reveal was made possible by the entire Tri-Cities community.

He says within 93 days of launching, the capital project already had $4.3 million in donations.

Eerkes family branch and Kennewick clubhouse

  • Where: 910 West 7th Place in Kennewick.
  • More information on Facebook: Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Note: Some mapping systems struggle to locate the newly-paved road connecting 5th Ave. and Jean Place to Kent and Olympia Streets, see picture:

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