The Rapidian

youth commonwealth

ALDI opens new store and gives back to Grand Rapids

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 09-06-2011 under NONPROFITS

Beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2011, ALDI will offer grocery shoppers a smarter alternative as the select assortment discount grocer opens a new location in Grand Rapids at 3101 Knapp Street NE. Known for its premium ALDI select brands, ALDI...

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"Unplugged Wednesdays" connects Club members without a power cord

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 07-20-2011 under NONPROFITS

This May, the Steil Boys & Girls Club decided to power down, literally. Staff members launched “Unplugged Wednesdays” after noticing one day that youth were flocking to play video games and use the computers instead of enjoying the...

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Huggable holiday heroes from Younker's benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 11-19-2010 under NONPROFITS

This holiday season, Younker’s introduces two highly likable heroes that are sure to win hearts. With help from the community, the twosome will help save the day for a local Boys & Girls Club member! Younker’s is part of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc....

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20 years of true dedication, a thank you to Lee Scott

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 11-19-2010 under NONPROFITS

The commitment of one individual often makes all the difference, and Mr. Lee Scott, was one man whose efforts helped keep Grand Rapids’ youth in a safe and positive place for two decades.   After almost 20 years of service to Boys & Girls...

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2nd annual Steak and Burger Dinner raises nearly $40,000 for BGCGRYC

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 10-19-2010 under NONPROFITS

When faced with challenges in her career, Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes learned to focus on the journey and not the destination. The 2nd Annual Steak & Burger Dinner provided the Club members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth...

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Secchia's Lake Michigan home creates beautiful backdrop for the first Summer Soiree

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 08-02-2010 under NONPROFITS

Peter and Joan Secchia graciously opened their Lake Michigan home to host Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth’s first ever Summer Soirée to benefit Camp O’Malley on July 13, 2010. There were 85 Camp O’Malley supporters in...

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Essilor USA gives free eye exams and sends Club members home with new name brand glasses

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 07-06-2010 under NONPROFITS

Sight is an important sense that sometimes gets mistreated due to financial setbacks, but on June 8 Essilor USA, the world’s leader in ophthalmic lenses came to Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth to give free eye exams and...

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Ping Pong playing on the streets helps raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 07-06-2010 under NONPROFITS

With five dollars, Grand Rapids passer bys were able to stop and play a quick game of table tennis (or ping pong) and local business, CPPR, was on its way to helping raise awareness about table tennis and raising funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of...

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Three Club members earn themselves new iPods

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 07-06-2010 under NONPROFITS

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Club members, Brenda, Marshawnna, and Keshawnna earned themselves a trip to the Apple Store at Woodland Mall on May 27th. Brenda was winner of the Steil Club Power Hour program with 583...

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Fifty-year-old westsider awarded for performance in boxing ring

by (Matt A)

Submitted 05-20-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Pat Schmidt, a local westsider in his 50s, proves that you can still be a star in the ring even after hanging up the boxing gloves. Out of 42 referees that participated in the 2010 National Golden Gloves Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas, Pat...

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