by Wilma Norton in Giving
Surprise $100,000 grant fuels Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay expansion in Wimauma
Last summer, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay came to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay with an urgent request: It needed money to start a summer program to serve young people in the Wimauma area. South Shore Council members believed in their plan and granted $50,000. In a short time, the club was able to leverage that initial investment into $500,000, including a $250,000 appropriation from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and a partnership with the Hillsborough County School District.
Based on that success — and knowing that the Boys & Girls Club needed more — the South Shore Council stepped up again, this time without being asked. At the May South Shore Council meeting, council president Rick Rios surprised Boys & Girls Club President & CEO Chris Letsos with a check for $100,000 from the Harold W. Corrigan Fund.
"We looked at what you guys were doing and we really want to see this be a success," Rios said. "Harold was a former educator, and I think he'd be ecstatic to see what his gift is doing."
See the story about the grant from The Observer News