LOCKWOOD – Staff at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County were excited to expand their physical activity programs, thanks to a $ 105,000 donation made Tuesday by Billings businessman Ron Muri.
“This is another great gift that will allow us to develop this foundation to help us continue to serve children for years and years to come. The money will go into the endowment, but then earning those funds will help us expand the quality and diversity of the health and life skills we offer, ”said Brian Dennis, President and CEO of The Boys. and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County.
It’s a busy four and a half hours after school each day for kids at five different boys and girls clubs in Yellowstone County. Each of the five clubs welcomes more than 350 children every day. A typical evening is filled with arts and crafts, science and technology, homework help, playground games, and the occasional school trip.
“We have a lot of programs for them. And something that every child, between the ages of six and 18, would love to be a part of, ”said Gwen Kircher, a member of the local clubs board since 2000.
Maggie is in fifth grade and regularly attends the Lockwood School club after completing her classes. She said it was her third year at the Boys and Girls Club.
“It’s just a really fun time with all the activities and everything we do. And I really like that because we can do art and dodgeball stuff and capture the flag and we do a lot of things, ”said Maggie.
Muri said he chose to donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs because the money will go directly to helping children.
“Instead of coming here and building more facilities in Lockwood and the heights, they’ve partnered up with existing facilities that make all the sense in the world, allowing more of the money to go. straight to the kids for things like you said, the programming. And I love that. I think it’s great and I think the kids are the benefactors of it, ”said Muri.
To continue promoting physical activity, the Lockwood Boys and Girls Club is planning to hold the first annual Ron Muri Fun Run next May.
“Make it a lot bigger, a lot better, a lot more people involved. Just a way for us to engage the community. Help our children be active and lead good, healthy lives, ”said Dennis.
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