'We built this for you': BGCEC opens new building in South Walton

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 03:18 PM.

Inside the club's gymnasium, a few speakers took to the podium to commemorate the special occasion that has taken more than 10 years of planning, fundraising and building to come to fruition.

"We built this for you," Wilkinson said, pointing to a group of children huddled together.

"The amazing thing is that even when we didn't have the space, the kids still came," Wilkinson added. "The programming and the staff — that is what makes this organization so special."

Billie Gaffrey, art teacher at Seaside Neighborhood School , donated colorful murals to the club, vowing to volunteer time to teach art at the club. Wendy Mignot, jewelry designer and owner of La Vie Est Belle, along with Brandey Barton and Margie Zeitlin, came bearing gifts as well with a $10,000 check to use towards implementing an anti-bullying program at the South Walton Club. Mignot created a special necklace and hosted a fundraiser at her store for the club.

Walton County District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows was also at the opening. She took a tour of the building and said a few words at the podium noting that the "investment that the Boys & Girls Club makes to our community is priceless."

With numerous programs, dedicated staff and nearly 30 times the space compared to its previous location, the South Walton Boys & Girls Club is more than ready to fulfill its mission.

"We want our kids to be humble, productive, caring, responsible citizens of our great country," Rassa said. "We hope to be busting at the seams with new memberships."

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