New club to be built on S. Texas Blvd.

Submitted Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Boys and Girls Club of Alice held a Capital Campaign Fundraising Event on Thursday evening and announced the progress of the new building project.

"We are thrilled to stand here tonight and report that we have met the $700,000 mark thanks to the vision and generous donations of area businesses and individuals," said Paul Rycroft, Chairman of the Building Committee.

Platinum level sponsors, signifying gifts of $100,000 to $500,000 include Phyllis and Bill Findley, EnDyn Ltd. and Dixie Iron Works.

Gold sponsors, who have given gifts of $25,000 to $100,000 include Maxine Flournoy, Alice Echo-News Journal, Jim Wells County, Carolyn and Joe Merritt, the Alice Pediatric Center and Erik and Carolina Nisimblat.

Silver level sponsors, with gifts of $5,000 to $25,000, are C.C. Winn, Bush's Chicken (Victor Guerrero), Rushing and Gonzalez, Pam and Victor Perez, Melba Ramirez, H-E-B, Dr. and Mrs. William Nisimblat, and Barrera & Barrera Law Firm.

Bronze level sponsors, with gifts of $1,000 to $5,000 include Francisca Garcia and Greywolf Drilling Company.

Rick DelBosque, Executive Director of the Alice Boys and Girls Club, informed the group of the club's history and status of the new building construction.

"For 44 years, the Boys and Girls Club of Alice has worked hard to inspire and enable our children, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens and learn the skills to live the American dream," he said. "This new building will make this dream a reality to even more of our area's children through increased programs and new facilities."

He added, "Our sign is already up on the five acres on S. Texas Boulevard. We have been surveyed and re-zoned. We're excited to get started."

A virtual tour of the new club was shown, including the three main structures - the main clubhouse, gymnasium and natatorium.

The clubhouse consists of a game room, technology center, community enrichment center, teen center, two learning centers, an arts and crafts room, kitchen and dining area.

The gymnasium features full-size basketball courts, a boxing and tumbling area, dressing rooms and bleachers.

The temperature-controlled natatorium features eight competitive swim lanes, a shallow area for swim lessons and rehabilitation activities, dressing rooms and an outside covered picnic area.

A new, large playground was also shown.

Nora Cuellar, board president, and Nora Barrera-Rycroft, committee member, explained the donation opportunities available and announced the current benefactors.

"Sponsorships are still available for several of the club's features, as well as many other ways to contribute to this project," Cuellar said. "Let's help make this dream a reality for our children, and say 'si' to the Boys and Girls Club of Alice."

For information on sponsorship opportunities for this project, please contact Paul Rycroft at 668-1212 or Debbie Crites, project manager, at 361-537-1484.