Boys and Girls Club sets ambitious fundraising goal

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal Crustaveous Owens, 7, center, signs in recently to get his book for a reading program at North Mississippi Boys & Girls Club in Haven Acres. The club’s board has set a new fundraising goal of $200,000.

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Crustaveous Owens, 7, center, signs in recently to get his book for a reading program at North Mississippi Boys & Girls Club in Haven Acres. The club’s board has set a new fundraising goal of $200,000.

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi’s corporate board has set a fundraising goal of $200,000, more than double the amounts they have raised in previous years.

Annual Campaign Chairman Ted Moll announced the ambitious goal at the annual Boys & Girls Club Champion for Youth Breakfast on Thursday morning.

“We have had a corporate fundraising campaign in the past but haven’t been as diligent as we probably should have been,” Moll said. “Tupelo is such a generous community, and we’ve underestimated that in the past.”

Moll said the corporate board has historically raised about $60,000 a year but this year decided the amount and effort put into raising money for the organization, which supports 150 Tupelo youth each day, was not enough.

B.B. Hosch, division president at Renasant Bank, began the corporate contributions with a $6,000 check from the bank Thursday morning.

“We think of this as more than a donation, it’s an investment,” Hosch said. “One of our most promising young officers, Louis Conley, is a graduate of this very club.”

The $200,000 fundraising goal encompasses all five clubs in the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi region, which includes clubs in Oxford, New Albany and Ripley. Somewhere between 500 and 600 children go through the doors of the five clubs each day, according to Director of Operations Tonny Oliver.

So far the campaign has had $84,000 pledged through internal fundraising, which includes money committed from corporate board members, advisory board members and annual campaign committee members.

The corporate board has set a goal of reaching the $200,000 mark by April 30.

jb.clark@journalinc.com