Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa associates, Club members, board of directors and advocates gathered Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to cut the ribbon on the new Studebaker Club, completing the final new Club opening of the Club Pathways capital campaign launched in 2017. The Studebaker Boys & Girls Club officially opened to members June 6, 2021, and is located on the southside of Des Moines at Studebaker Elementary School.
The Studebaker Club offers members special features like STEM and robotics equipment, LEGO walls, table games and a renovated playground area with a basketball court and soccer field. The opening of Studebaker marks a major milestone towards completion of the Club Pathways capital campaign: designating creation of three new metro Clubs – including the Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Club at Drake University and E.T. Meredith Jr. Club at East High School. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa now serves more than 2,600 members in eight metro Club locations.
“The growth our organization has achieved during the past several years has been phenomenal, thanks to incredible donors, partners, board members and dedicated staff,” said Tony Timm, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. “Our Club Pathways campaign has ensured kids in the Des Moines metro will receive the services they need to achieve great futures.”
Through the creation of three new club sites and significant expansions of two current sites, the Club Pathways capital campaign was designed to develop four paths throughout the Des Moines community where a Boys & Girls Club can accompany a child throughout his or her entire education. Upon completion, Club Pathways will nearly double the number of youths served, from 1,900 to 3,300.