Support to rebuild the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club begins
While this is a horrible event to have happened it has actually brought people together to help raise funds to rebuild the club as it once was. I think it shows how much the community really appreciates having this club in their neighborhood.
There have been a few organizations that donated money to the club, but recently the Depew and Lancaster Fire Departments held a fill-the-boot drive and raised about $18,500 for the club. That is astonishing.
For three hours, the members of the departments stood outside at various intersections asking for donations and with the help of passing motorists they raised a significant amount of money. It just goes to show you that anything can be accomplished when you have a dedicated group of people working for a great cause.
The reason why I wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention is because I think sometimes we hear, read, and focus too much on the bad and never really get to witness the good. This is a great example of good and people moving forward instead of looking backwards.
I grew up in Alden and I honestly couldn’t tell you if a club like this was in the area, but if there was, I definitely would have loved to utilize it. Going back to the Facebook comments from people and in the newspapers on how the Depew club changed their lives or helped them in some way, it made me think that having a club like this may be would have given me completely different opportunities in my life.
So, while I missed out on being a part of a club when I was younger, I would love to play a small part in this club now by helping to make sure that upcoming events to raise funds for the club are well known to the public and that way this place that means so much to the community will come to life once again.
Therefore, the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club will be holding its first major fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb.9, at the St. Mary’s high School Athletic Complex. Tickets are $25 and include beer, pop, food, and music. Also, tickets include entry for the door prize, which is a 32 inch television.
The theme of this event, and all future events and benefits through the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club Inc., will be called "Honoring our Past, Building our Future."
Those interested can purchase tickets at the Lancaster Club on Broadway. Volunteers are needed for this event including food servers, bartenders, check-in table, clean-up help and more. If you would like to help contact the club’s Board President, Lisa Jerebko by text, phone 474-1024 or email her at LJerebko@roadrunner.com.