Lake Park Community Center

Helping the Community

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2014
Contact: Cyndy Ryan, program director, 561-863-0052
561-371-2253 (day of event)

Charity continues under-ther-radar help for kids in Lake Park and Riviera Beach

 

When members of Club 100 Charities first began its partnership with the Town of Lake Park, the PBSO and the Bethlehem Haitian Baptist Church a year ago to run a program for children from Riviera Beach and Lake Park, they were a bit unsure.

After all, the faith-based non-profit was unfamiliar with the area. They didn’t know what the kids would like or what their parents would need. Would anyone even show up?

In droves. The evidence will appear between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday August 8, when Club 100 hosts a gala closing of its first Summer Camp, which attracted more than 100 children ages 8 to 12 to Bethlehem Baptist, where the program is based, located at 425 Crescent Drive in Lake Park.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better response—not only from the community but from our donors, sponsors and volunteers,” said Harry Drier, a Charity 100 board member. “Our collaboration has been a complete success.”

Besides the 40-day summer camp, Club 100 also operates a food pantry, clothes closet, community garden and, once school starts, an after-school tutorial and physical fitness program. All services are free for registered families and are primarily privately funded.

The gala event on August 8 will feature, among other things, a PBSO S.W.A.T. Team demonstration, free lunch and ice cream and a book bag giveaway filled with supplies for registered campers. Everything is donated and free of charge.

PBSO had seen Club 100’s under-the-radar success at Cabana Colony in Palm Beach Gardens, a previously troubled area with troubled kids. Club 100 launched a successful boxing program and educational initiatives, among other things, and youth violence decreased dramatically while school performance greatly improved. PBSO in Lake Park, which had its own concerns about its young locals, soon came calling.

PBSO officials had been concerned about unexplained conflict between kids of different nationalities and between kids who live in Lake Park and Riviera Beach and sought to stop it.

With the help of its donors, affiliates and volunteers, Club 100 Charities is doing its part to help.