Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County announces $400,000 Arcadia Community Matching Challenge with the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Arcadia Boys & Girls Club members cut the ribbon with local Arcadian Ashley Coone, Arcadia Boys & Girls Club Director Sofia Gilot and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County President/CEO Bill Sadlo

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County dedicated the new Arcadia Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, September 20. Before the ceremonial ribbon cutting, the agency announced a $400,000 Arcadia Community Matching Challenge in partnership with the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Barancik Foundation also gave the organization a $50,000 lead gift to support the Club’s programs.

“The Barancik Foundation is a proud supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, and its transformational services for our community’s youth,” said Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of the Barancik Foundation. “We’re excited to see these programmatic opportunities go beyond county lines and impact deserving children in DeSoto County.”

All donations will be matched 1:1, up to $400,000, and directly support the programs at the Club, which is located at 14 School Ave. in Arcadia.

“Thanks to the Barancik Foundation, individuals can empower Arcadia’s youth to excel in the classroom, adopt healthy lifestyle habits and build leadership skills in a positive place with trusted youth development professionals,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

To learn more about the Arcadia Community Matching Challenge, visit bgcsarasota.com or call 941-366-3911.

In addition to the Barancik Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is grateful for the following contributors who helped make the dream of the Arcadia Boys & Girls Club a reality including Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Pete and Joanne Powers, Keith and Linda Monda, Charlotte Perret, Willa and Robert Bernhard, Scott and Gayla Moore, and Bob and Lin Williams

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County have played an integral role in the Sarasota County community for more than 48 years, providing daily programs and services to 7,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, each year. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit bgcsarasota.com.

About Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation:

The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. The Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research. Visit BarancikFoundation.org to learn more.