MADISON (WKOW) – The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County will be able to help more kids in our area with two big grants from two local groups.
On Tuesday, American Family Insurance announced it will donate $1 million over five years for the club through its new American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, Inc., while the Burke Foundation will grant $2.3 million to the Boys & Girls Club over the next three years.
Officials say the money will go toward the College Club and the AVID/TOPS programs at the club to help more kids become ready for college and to help close the achievement gap in the Madison area.
“We believe in the Boys & Girls Club,” said Judd Schemmel, community investment director of American Family Insurance. “We believe that the club is improving the quality of life for young men and women and families all across this community. We've made many contributions to support the club's mission and from our perspective, our relationship with the Boys & Girls Club is much more profound.”
“We all play a role in this,” said Mary Burke, chair of the AVID/TOPS Steering Committee and a Board Member of the Burke Foundation. “None of us can do it alone but together we provide that support and the inspiration for our community's next generation.”
The Boys & Girls Club is also working with the Milwaukee Bucks to start a new youth education incentive program as part of the club's new partnership with the team. Wes Edens, one of the team's co-owners, has announced he will donate his courtside seats for eight home games to give to students in the Madison area who have improved in the areas of literacy, behavior, and attendance at school. The Bucks will also give out 30 more tickets to students at the club for the same games.
The Boys & Girls Club has worked with the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2008; they also work with students in Verona.