City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, City Manager Jimmy Morales and other local dignitaries, Dr. Gene Gitin and Barry Goldin of the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, Bank of America Miami Market President Gene Schaefer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig and board members, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade supporters celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the organizationâ€™s new South Beach Club, which serves approximately 450 children from the local area.
After having served the children of Miami Beach for 27 years, the prior 2,500-sq.-ft. South Beach Club on the existing site was demolished in September 2011 to make way for the new, state-of-the-art 11,000-sq.-ft facility. The new Club features a game room, cafeteria with teaching kitchen for the Clubâ€™s culinary program, community room/homework room/literacy room made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, arts & crafts room, technology room, teen center, offices and reception area, and much more. The building cost was $2,000,000.
The South Beach Club provides positive programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Sports programs offered at the Club include baseball, intramural flag football and intramural soccer. A summer program, allowing children to learn values such as friendship, honesty and teamwork, will be offered at the South Beach Club in summer 2016.