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Bank pledges $25,000 to BGCC

First National Bank of the Rockies has offered the Boys & Girls Club of Craig $25,000.

The catch?

It’s only available if others in Craig join FNBR in support of the Boys & Girls Club.



“This was a good fit for us,” FNBR President Todd Young said. “We’re committed to the community. I think (the Boys & Girls Club) has a huge impact on the community. It touches a majority of families in this town, I think, on some level.”

The bank is offering to match local contributions up to $25,000. For example, if someone contributed to the club last year, FNBR will match any increase to their contribution this year dollar for dollar.



The bank also will contribute 50 cents for every new dollar pledged.

“We want to give it away. We want to give every penny away,” Young said. “Craig’s been good to us, and we want to give something back.”

The two organizations have been working together to generate contributions to the BGCC’s 2005 fund-raising campaign, but the amount was a surprise to Director Jonathan Godes.

“This is definitely big news,” he said.

“This will basically incentivize giving on a local level. We’ll get twice the impact from the same dollar,” he said.

But, he warned, the match is good only if there’s a contribution to begin with.

The BGCC is serving 450 members, with more than 100 children at the facility every afternoon. That level of membership was unanticipated, Godes said.

Also unanticipated was the acquisition of the former National Guard armory for BGCC use.

The two combined have made for higher operational costs than creators envisioned.

Funds raised through the campaign will be used to meet those costs.

But even more, Godes said, they will be used to demonstrate to foundations the level of support the community has for the club.

“It’s more important to have a lot of people do a little bit than a few people do a lot,” he said.

Foundation awards and other grants will be used for capital projects, such as expan-ding the parking lot, adding lighting or a soccer field.

More details about the FNBR donation will be ann- ounced at an 11 a.m. ceremony today at the BGCC, 1324 E. U.S. Hwy 40.

Anyone wanting to contribute should call Godes at 826-0411.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 834-7031, ext. 210, or by e-mail at ccurrie@craig-dailypress.com.


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