Project nears completion for Boys/Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County will move into a newly-renovated facility on Nov. 5, thanks to the generosity of state and local government, business, industry and individuals.
   The Elizabethton STAR is among those making donations and in-kind contributions, totaling $880,000 over the next five years, to renovate the former East Tennessee Undergarment plant on Hudson Drive.
   The Boys and Girls Club serves the needs of many who, otherwise, would not have opportunities to develop friendships and enrich their personal lives, according to Charles Robinson, publisher of the STAR.
   The club is currently sharing space with Elizabethton's Park and Recreation Department, located in the old National Guard Armory on Mill St.
   When renovations are completed later this month, the club will have a 26,000 square foot facility, housing two gyms, locker and shower facilities, computer room, fine arts and craft room, kitchen and eating area.
   Today, more than 1,100 boys and girls participate in a year-round program of athletics, academics, team building, computer education, leadership development and drug awareness.
   "We are proud to join other local business and industry participating in this worthy cause which will enrich the lives of so many young citizens in our community," Robinson said.
   Thus far, contributions have been received from the State of Tennessee, City of Elizabethton, Citizens Bank, Carter County Bank, Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank, Tetrick Funeral Home, Summers-Taylor, Nor-Well Co., Inc., Crawford Drywall, Thomas Weems Architects, Harris Tarkett, Southern Finance, Kenneth Brumit and Jeff Reed, in addition to the Elizabethton STAR.
   When completed, the Boys and Girls Club facility is expected to be valued at approximately $1.2 million, club officials said.
   "We will now have space to add more programs to serve even more boys and girls in Elizabethton and Carter County," said Darrell "Pappy" Crowe, the club's director.
   Elizabethton Mayor Sam LaPorte Jr. commended the individuals who made contributions and in-kind donations to renovate the facility.
   "The facility stands as a tribute to the outstanding citizens in our community who have worked together to accomplish a common objective," Mayor LaPorte said.