Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Receives Dreamers and Doers Award from Appleton Downtown, Inc.

Appleton Downtown, Inc. recognized the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley on March 27th with its 2012 Dreamers and Doers Award for the renovation and expansion of its downtown Appleton facilities and programs.

The annual Dreamers and Doers Award, presented at ADI’s annual dinner at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, recognizes a business, group or individual “who has significantly enhanced, for years to come, the physical and/or economic landscape of the downtown.”

Present to accept the award were (left to right) Tim Kippenhan, Miron Construction,  Greg Lemke-Rochon, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and John Carew, Carew Concrete & Supply, Inc.

Greg Lemke-Rochon, Chief Professional Officer of the Club said, “We are delighted and grateful to receive this award from ADI. The hundreds of donors and volunteers who saw the need, understand the power of what a great Boys & Girls Club can do for our kids and our communities, and rallied to transform this building into one of the best Boys & Girls Clubs anywhere, are so deserving of this recognition.”

With a focus on providing accessible services, the Boys and Girls Clubs offer all programming at little to no cost. A $15 annual membership fee is all that’s requested for participation in daily youth development programming.

When the BE GREAT campaign started, the organization served just under 700 members daily. Now numbers have grown and nearly 900 children and teens daily are using services from the

Club’s expanded facility at 160 South Badger Avenue, Appleton and its six other school-based Boys & Girls Clubs. The Boys & Girls Club serves all youth, but has a special emphasis on those most in need. In 2011, 40% of Club members lived in poverty.

Improvements to the downtown Appleton Boys & Girls Club include:

  • The CLUB Teen Center, a 10,000 square foot space dedicated for service to teens that includes a music recording studio, soundstage, fitness center, career development center and more.
  • A performing arts wing featuring a dance studio, music room, and micro-theatre for drama.
  • The Youth Resource Center where the organization’s Center for Grieving Children, Youth & Family Counseling Program, Runaway Assistance Program, and Truancy Assessment Center are now housed.
  • Improved and expanded academic support program areas including two new Technology Centers, a Learning Center, a reading library, and two additional age-specific educational support rooms where Club members can learn study skills, engage in high-yield learning activities, gain technology access, and enhance their computer skills.

To schedule a tour of the Boys & Girls Club please contact Marta Weldon, Director of Development, at 920-750-5806 or

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