Boys & Girls Club of Ada receives $15,000 donation

From the left, in the back, Charlie Vest, Sher-Mon Clement and Brenda Ware gather with Boys and Girls Club children Oct. 9 at the Club. Vest and Ware donated $15,000 for 1,500 uniforms for the children.

Officials at Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center celebrated the impending opening of a new, expanded facility by reaching out to area children through the Boys & Girls Club of Ada.

Brenda Ware and Charlie Vest presented a $15,000 donation to Boys & Girls Club of Ada last fall as part of a continued effort to reach out to the community the medical center serves. Vest said his children play sports in the B&G Club leagues, and he was familiar with the club’s needs.

Kyle Wilson, executive director of Ada’s Boys & Girls Club, said the donation was a welcome relief from a never-ending search for funding.

“We struggle to keep our doors open at times,” Wilson said. “We serve Ada and the surrounding communities, and ... without organizations stepping up and helping us we would not be able to serve these kids.”

The funds will be used to provide uniforms — an expensive item — for league children, reducing the cost of their participation in sports and other activities. 

Ware said COFMC staff believe in supporting the communities in which they practice, and the expansion of their current facility in Ada provided a timely opportunity to reach out to an organization that fit their mission.

"They have a similar mission to ours, which is to provide care and education for healthy living," Ware said. "We wanted to find a way to be involved in the community with similar, like-minded organizations."

Ware said COFMC plans to reach out to other organizations going forward.

Wilson said Boys & Girls Club of Ada is actively seeking donations.

Anyone who would like to help, either by donating money or supplies or by volunteering to help out, should call 580 332-3717 or visit the Boys & Girls Club of Ada's website at www.bgcada.com.

This story has been corrected to reflect the correct amount COFMC donated to Boys & Girls Club of Ada — the donation was $15,000, not $1,500. Additional comments by Brenda Ware have also been added to the story.

Contact Carl Lewis at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com

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