RCU makes big donation to Boys & Girls Club

By: Bob Gallaher, Andrew Fefer Email
By: Bob Gallaher, Andrew Fefer Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- There was plenty of excitement at the Mary Markquardt Center in Eau Claire Friday morning as RCU mascot Savin' Sammy was in the house to present a big check to the Boys and Girls Club.

Royal Credit Union raised $20,000 at the 20th Annual Charity Classic Walk/Run last month.

Foundation Board President John Sackett says it's a pleasure helping an organization committed to the education of our youth.

"The Boys and Girls Club obviously touches many, many kids lives, it's a very deserving organization, does some wonderful things for children and we found this to be one of those organizations because of their needs met our criteria so it's a pleasure for us to support them," says Sackett.

Executive Director Sara Antonson says RCU's donation is a dream come true and the money will be put to good use, to help assist the kids in their homework and educational presentations and activities.

"$20,000, this is going to help us set up two technology classrooms here at the Boys and Girls Club, we are really excited about that, we have a lot of open space and when you have 100 kids in one area it's hard to keep control. Having two classrooms will allow us to give more individual instruction," explains Antonson.

Antonson believes it's important to keep up with technology and to enhance their kids boys and girls experience.

"We're going to be putting some smart boards in there and computers of course, really trying to keep up with the times now. There's so much technology and we want to make sure the kids have the opportunity to learn and work with the technology now too," says Antonson.

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