MASSENA -- Professional hockey player and Massena’s hometown hero Zach Bogosian has thrown his support behind efforts to establish the Boys & Girls Club of Massena.
Bogosian will be in town for a barbecue July 27 in support of efforts to establish the Boys & Girls Club of Massena.
“I’m honored to help however I can,” the 22-year-old Winnipeg Jets defenseman said this week when he accepted the role of celebrity spokesperson, adding “We need the programs and opportunities for the kids of our community that this club will provide.”
With a goal of opening its doors in May 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of Massena is intended to provide children with a positive place to go, results-oriented programs and a professional staff to guide them.
“I know how hard work, supportive adults and great programs can help you achieve what you want to in life,” Bogosian said. “You’re not going to achieve great things without dreaming it and working towards it. It’s nothing that the world is going to hand to you – and, really, it feels so much better when you know you have earned it.”
“Every kid has a chance to do great things but it takes work and getting the doors of the Boys & Girls Club open is what we, as a community, need to get behind to make a reality,” he said.
To help raise awareness and funds toward the establishment of the club, Bogosian said he will be participating in events whenever his NHL schedule allows. He will be speaking about getting kids active, and is looking forward to paying visits to the club once it is open to hang out with the members – maybe play some floor hockey or a game of hoops.
“It’s so great to have someone like Zach want to join us in our efforts to make this club a reality, said Boys & Girls Club of Massena Board President Timmy Currier.
The announcement comes as the non-profit formally begins the public outreach portion of its “Campaign for Kids: The Foundation of our Future” that will help raise the funds necessary to establish and maintain the club.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we can secure the funds we need. If those individuals, organizations and businesses who opened up their hearts and their wallets in support of other worthy causes in Massena come through for the community again, we will be opening our ‘big blue’ Club doors in May, for sure,” Currier said.
The Backyard BBQ to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club Saturday, July 27, is to focus on informing invited guests about the club, its funding needs and lining up commitments of support.
The “house party” will be hosted at a local home with live music, local catering and cash bar. With only a limited number of spaces available, the guest list will include invitees recommended by Zach and members of the capital campaign committee, with the balance available to the public through a silent auction.
To be added to the guest list, prospective attendees may email names and a bid amount to info@BGCMassena.org prior to Friday, July 19.
Other events tentatively planned include a “Run, Roll, Walk, Skip for the Boys & Girls Club” in September to help raise awareness, funds and “get active” with the kids of our community in connection with the annual National Day for Kids; Boys & Girls Club Week; and a Boys and Girls Club Hockey Tournament each summer featuring Zach playing and coaching.
“Zach is a role model that our kids can look up to and emulate while showing them that celebrities are real people,” Currier said. “We are just so grateful for his willingness to be a part of this important effort.”