Pictured, from left, are: front row, Cathy Bassett, Mountaire director of Communications & Community Relations; Phillip Plylar, Mountaire president; Mike Little, Mountaire vice president of sales; Ashley Reynolds, Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Board member and Great Futures Gala co-chair; Erica Kennedy, unit director for the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club; Linda Cullen, Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board member; C.J. Pitts, Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club program coordinator; Millie Charnick, vice president of operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware; Mary Jo Tolliver, Great Futures Gala Committee member; Jullie Burton, Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board member and Great Futures Gala co-chair; Toby Cullen, Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board president; back row, Tracey Gross, Great Futures Gala Committee member; Chicki Kennedy, Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board member, Tammy Ward, Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club Board member, Nicole Silicato-Miller, Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Board vice-chair; and Rose Vendetti, Great Futures Gala Committee member.
Mountaire Farms recently provided a $20,000 donation to help launch a fundraising campaign to expand the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club. The club currently serves 100 children from the local area and has a waiting list of those who want to participate but are turned away.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear stories about kids who could benefit from these before- and after-school programs but can’t join their peers because of space limitations,” said Mountaire Farms President Phillip Plylar, who had recently toured the facility.
“This facility is right in our own back yard, and we drive by it almost every day,” Plylar said. “We are proud to be able to help raise awareness about the need to help more kids find a safe place to play and learn.”
“We are so appreciative of the support and pledge of Mountaire to help us keep more kids safe and mentored in the Millsboro/Long Neck area,” said Erica Kennedy, director of the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club. “Keeping those kids in a Boys & Girls Club environment who don’t have adult supervision at home … is essential to their long-term success, safety and happiness.”
The goal of the expansion plan is to build a gymnasium, more bathrooms and new classrooms to accommodate a teen program at the facility. Currently, the club only accepts children from kindergarten through eighth grade. A preschool for 20 children operates a few miles away on Oak Orchard Road.
A fundraising event — the Great Futures Gala — to help kick off the capital campaign for the expansion is being held on Feb. 7 at The Peninsula Golf & Country Club. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.GreatFuturesGalaDE.com or call (302) 945-3350.
The Great Futures Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation who mission is “to support the safety, education and future of the youth in Delaware that need us most, through supporting the local Boys & Girls Club organizations and the work they do every day.”