Three awards were presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Troy at the 2013 Michigan/Ohio Area Council Meeting & Youth of the Year Conference on Friday, April 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. Award winners in several categories were selected from nominations by Boys & Girls Clubs from both neighboring states.
Mike Savoie Chevrolet
was the recipient of the Michigan Community Service Award, recognizing his many years of service and support for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. Savoie’s company has donated over $10,000 to the Club annually, and has assisted the Club with maintenance of its van which transports members from area schools to the Club daily.
Savoie also supports other charities and schools, including the Judson Center, Albion College, Northwood University and Beaumont Children’s Hospital.
Current BGCT Board President Donna Barlow (pictured, right) was presented with the Michigan Outstanding Board Volunteer award. In over two decades with the Board of Directors, Barlow has been the chair of the women’s golf outing committee and was instrumental in overseeing the fundraising and construction process for the Club’s outdoor pavilion which was built last summer.
Barlow volunteers her time to support many of the Club’s special events, including the annual Taste of Troy fundraiser, charity poker, summer registration, and holiday parties and carnivals.
The Boys & Girls Club of Troy’s electronic monthly newsletter, which was created last November, was recognized with the Michigan Marketing & Communications Award. The e-newsletter boosts the Club’s marketing efforts and disseminates news and events pertaining to the Club, keeping over 1,000 recipients well informed of the Club’s affairs.
This communication tool also allows the Club to more effectively showcase special achievements by youth members as well as board members and community contributors, and presents a strong platform to promote programming and increase community outreach.
The Boys & Girls Club of Troy is a non-profit youth development organization that provides educational and recreational activities, in addition to mentoring programs, to more than 1,200 children, ages 6 to 18, in the tri-county area. For over 35 years, the Club has given youth a platform which allows them to develop into self-reliant, responsible, contributing members of the community.