Major Changes At Boys & Girls Club

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Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club has started its 2015-16 program year, under the leadership of new executive director Franca Trunzo, with changes to club professionals’ responsibilities and capital improvements to the organization’s building.

Program Director Desirae O’Neill has assumed the role of associate director, overseeing the day-to-day management of the club and programs. Her responsibilities include program development and implementation, partnerships, facilities and operation.

“We are thrilled to have Desirae fill the position of associate director. As a past club member, volunteer, part-time and full-time staff, I can think of no one who better understands the nuances and dynamics of our club than Desirae,” said Trunzo.

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Club members are thrilled with the new dance studio

After the club’s summer program ended and prior to the beginning of the new program year, the club undertook necessary remodeling projects to some of the interior spaces of the facility. Sherman Williams Paint Store of Glen Cove donated paint for the club to recoat several rooms including three main offices, the computer lab, learning center, library and the games room. The computer lab learning center and the library are instrumental to the success of the club’s education program while the games room is one of the most heavily utilized recreational spaces in the building.

Improvements to the building also incorporated the reconstruction of the dance studio, thanks to a grant from the William C. and Joyce C. O’Neil Charitable Trust. This is the first time the dance studio has had a major overhaul since the building was constructed in 1976. The much needed renovation of the dance studio, contracted by LMW Group of Glen Cove, included a Harlequin sprung dance floor, a suspended ceiling, HVAC, electric lighting and fixtures, new doors and paneling, sheetrock and paint, mirrors, ballet bars and custom cabinetry to house audio equipment.

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The games room is a big draw for the kids

“We are truly grateful to the William C. and Joyce C. O’Neil Charitable Trust for providing us with this generous funding to renovate our dance studio. The dance program is one of our most relevant curriculums because it teaches educational discipline, promotes physical fitness and health, and fosters positive behavior and self-image,” said Trunzo. “We are also very thankful to the Sherwin Williams Company for donating 35 gallons of paint to refresh and brighten up our much used spaces. We want our kids, many of whom call the club a home away from home, to be happy and cheerful and the colors we have chosen are conducive to inspiring that mood.”

With the new dance studio now completely renovated, the club invites specialists and instructors in dance, gymnastics, Zumba, yoga, salsa and cheerleading to volunteer their time teaching club members in the new studio; those interested can contact doneill@glencovebgc.org.

Renovations to other areas are in dire need of upgrades and improvements. To get involved, contact ftrunzo@glencovebgc.org.

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