Alcoa Foundation makes donation to Boys/Girls Club

The Alcoa Foundation has contributed $13,500 toward the purchase of computer equipment for the newly-renovated Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, announced Darrell "Pappy" Crowe, Club executive director.
   Computer education is among the new classes to be taught at the Club's new facility, formerly occupied by East Tennessee Undergarment Co., 104 Hudson Drive, Elizabethton.
   Sandy Monger, coordinator, said the Alcoa Foundation supports education and other worthy projects in the communities in which the company operates.
   This Saturday, employee volunteers of Alcoa Extrusions in Elizabethton will help move furniture and other equipment into the new Boys and Girls Club facility.
   "The Alcoa Foundation is proud to be a part of the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County," Ms. Monger said.
   Approximately $880,000 was spent on renovation of the 26,000-square foot facility. There are two full-size gyms, showers and dressing areas, computer room, fine arts and crafts room, kitchen and conference room.
   "Thanks to the financial support from the State of Tennessee, the City of Elizabethton, and contributions and in-kind donations from local business, industry and individuals, more than $1.1 million has been pledged to the Boys and Girls Club over the next five years. Funds were used to purchase the building and to defray renovation costs," said Mayor Sam LaPorte Jr.
   In addition to the State of Tennessee, City of Elizabethton, and the Alcoa Foundation, contributions have been received from Citizens Bank, Carter County Bank, Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank, Tetrick Funeral Home, Summers-Taylor, Nor-Well Co., Inc., Crawford Drywall, Thomas Weems Architects, General Shale, Harris Tarkett, Southern Finance, Elizabethton STAR, Kenneth Brumit and Jeff Reed. Labor was provided by the Carter County Work Camp of the Northeast Correctional Center.
   The new Boys and Girls Club facility is one of the top five percent in the country when compared to size and activities which will be available, Mayor LaPorte added.