“The East Commerce Solutions Classic,” the Annual Golf Tournament of Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Raises $65,000 to Benefit Youth Employment Program

PROVIDENCE, RI – An incredible day of golf recently raised $65,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence’s Teen Youth Employment Program, as well as additional programs for the more than 4,000 local youth served annually across the Clubs’ seven Providence sites. “The East Commerce Solutions Classic” was held at the prestigious TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts on July 21, and was a resounding success thanks to player sponsorships, registration fees, a highly-coveted raffle, and many in-kind contributions.


“We are tremendously grateful to our presenting sponsor, East Commerce Solutions, who not only took the lead on helping to make the Tournament a success, but who also gave us a critical start to the event’s fundraising efforts,” said Nicole Dufresne, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence. “The day wouldn’t have been possible without additional sponsors Adler Pollack & Sheehan, P.C., Cox Communications, Jake Kaplan’s LTD, and New England Laborers’ Tri-Funds.”


Along with the Tournament’s main sponsors, many other friends of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence made contributions: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Deepwater Wind, Paul MacDonald, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management—The Turnbull Group, Med Tech Ambulance Service, Trans-Mate, and WPRI/Fox Providence/MY RI TV. In-kind donations, including Boston Beer Company, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Whole Foods, and all raffle prizes, added another $15,000 to the event’s success. In addition to their financial contribution, Union Local 51 and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trade donated in-kind labor and training to the Youth Employment Program.


“With fewer resources available to organizations like ours, and continued budget cuts at the city and state levels, we’re relying on the generosity of individuals and local businesses to support our work more than ever,” added Dufresne. “Not only will the money raised directly benefit teens in our youth employment program, it will also have an impact on the Club members they care for each day.”


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence invests $3,300 per member annually to provide life-saving and educational programs, evening meals, and Workforce Development initiatives such as Teen Youth Employment, Financial and Literacy Training, and Work Readiness and Occupational Skills. The organization also offers S.T.E.M. curriculum, which provides members with hands-on learning opportunities that increase academic skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


If you’d like to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence and make a donation that will help break the cycle of poverty through education and job opportunities for Club members, please visit www.bgcprov.org or contact Nicole Dufresne at (401) 444-0750.


About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence is “to enable and inspire children and youth, especially those from diverse or difficult circumstances, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible members of their community.” For 145 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence have provided a safe and positive learning environment for youth in the neighborhoods where they live. For more information, visit www.bgcprov.org.

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