Katz JCC supports Boys & Girls Club

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian visits the campers July 2 during their first week of camp. Pictured here is Guardian with Josh Reyes, 7, of Galloway Township. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian visits the campers July 2 during their first week of camp. Pictured here is Guardian with Josh Reyes, 7, of Galloway Township. ATLANTIC CITY – The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City opened its doors Monday, June 30 to more than 80 area children for summer camp thanks to the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center with support and financial contributions from philanthropist Lewis Katz, the City of Atlantic City, CRDA, South Jersey Industries, Senator William Gormley and several other area businesses and residents.

On Tuesday, July 2, Mayor Don Guardian, Senator William Gormley, CEO of South Jersey Industries Edward Graham, Katz JCC CEO Jack I. Fox, Katz JCC COO Marg Mancuso and Boys and Girls Club board members Louis T. Barberio, Joe Corbo and Tracey Triniwell visited the children.

“The summer program is up and running and the children will have a great program that they deserve,” said Guardian, who was instrumental in raising funds for the camp. “The program includes new and exciting field trips, special art programs and cultural activities, and with partnerships with area businesses, including the Atlantic City Public Library, we will be able to offer an expansive program. Our community stepped forward to meet the needs of our children and we are gratified by their response.”

Gormley is helping to facilitate partnerships with various Atlantic City organizations to expand the program allowing for a more enriching camp experience, according to Mancuso.

Lynette’ Cooper, 8, of Atlantic City is thankful that the community bonded together to ensure the summer camp opened. 

“I am looking forward to going to the beach and playing with my friends during summer camp,” Lynette’ said. “I am happy to be here, because if I were not here, I would have nothing to do. I would just watch television all day.”

Enrollment in the summer camp started with 35 children on Monday and in two days grew to more than 80, Mancuso said.

“Summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club is an obvious necessity for the children of Atlantic County,” Mancuso said. “I expect that in the coming weeks enrollment will continue to grow and these children will have enriching experiences that will last them a lifetime.”

“The opening of the Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp demonstrates the power of a community united for one mission,” Fox said. “It is amazing to see the kids enjoying these great activities, something that wouldn’t have happened if the community didn’t rally around the needs of the children.”

Raul Santiago, 8, of Atlantic City is happy to be at the Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp.

“I am happy to be here. I am looking forward to playing basketball and going to the beach. If I were not able to attend camp this summer I would be sad,” Raul said.

The Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp is led by Director Brian Little and coaches Bryant Deshields and Joyce Tilton under Mancuso’s direction.

Little was excited to see the children happy and engaged during camp and thanked all those who helped make it possible.

“It is an important program to offer the children of Atlantic City and we are thankful for all those who made today happen,” Little said.


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