The Mashpee Men’s Club has awarded five scholarships totaling $4,500 to Boys and Girls Club winners.
The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod Youth of the Year winner Hunter Barry received $1,500, Sophia Ortiz and Courtney Story each received $1000 and Skylar Dutra and Dana Richmond each received $500. During the last 10 years the men’s club has raised more than $130,000 to support the mission of the B&GCCC.
The club cited Roche Bros. and Mashpee Stop and Shop for allowing their members to collect tax-free deductions and to the generosity of Mashpee residents and visitors.
The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod was formally incorporated on April 27, 1995 by a group of volunteers representing all of the towns on the Upper Cape and Barnstable. They officially opened the Kraft Family Clubhouse in Mashpee in October 1999 to serve the children and youth of Cape Cod. They serve almost 1,000 children a year, and together form the only Boys & Girls Club on Cape Cod, and the only essentially free after-school program on the Cape.
The professionally staffed program emphasizes character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness, and recreation. They operate a very deliberate and research-based program that integrates educational and health & fitness opportunities into every facet of the program, and that provides programming based on the children’s ages and developmental stages.
Following the presentations on July 9, each student described their future goals and how being active in the club has helped in striving for those goals.