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Boys, Girls Club To Lose Summer Camp Funding

Club officials say annual fundraiser is in doubt.

Officials from the say they are scrambling to secure funding for their summer program after an annual fundraiser at Laurel Mall was canceled because of the impending redevelopment.

The club stands to lose $20,000 to $40,000 after plans to hold its annual carnival on the parking lot of Laurel Mall was scrapped, according to Levett Brown, the club’s president. Brown said he was told this spring by managers at the development that the carnival wouldn’t happen because of an

“We were told by the developer that we can’t do it,” he said. “It’s just been up and down as to when they are going to do the demolition.”

Calls to the developer for comment went unanswered as of late Monday.

Demolition on the mall's parking lot was to start last year but was put on hold until after the holiday. Plans eventually call for

The club has been holding the carnival at the mall, along Route 1, for the last 10 years. The club partners with a local carnival service and collects a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales. The funds pay for the club’s summer camp and waiver program, which allows for lower program registration fees for low-income children.  Without it, Brown said the club will have to end the program.

“That’s a huge fundraiser for us,” he said. “Financially, it will be hard. We will definitely not have [the summer camp].”

Moving the carnival to another location in Laurel is unlikely, he said, because the Route 1 location was the most ideal for the carnival owner.

The fate of the carnival is the latest financial blow to the club, which has been struggling to keep its doors open in recent years. In November,  Brown and other officials at the club of the club, which is housed in the oldest standing building in the City of Laurel.

But Brown said that the board of the directors is still hoping to bolster revenues by renting space inside the building and securing grant funding from the state.

Not sure April 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
My son's play flag football for the club now. They have played tackle one year in the past. I do believe that LBGC should be for Pg County Laurel residence only. And I have heard whispers of mishandling of monies. But I have to say to "Laurel Baller" there is no room for RACISM in this conversation. But I have to ask, why not hold the carnival at another venue?
Not sure April 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Laurel Native. Where do I even start???? Stop with the Racism card already. I have lived in laurel for 15 years. I have never been discriminated against once out here. So how do you go from "LAUREL IS A RACIST ASS TOWN" to "LETS ALL GET ALONG" Did you get out and vote? Don't lie to me to make your self feel better. The people got out and voted and Moe won. You are entitled to your own opinion. But all you did was point a finger at the Mayor. Are you any better then Lewnes? I don't need proof of mismanaged money from the football side of things. Maybe somebody cares to tell us what happen to the 2 or 3 previous commissioner's????? I am on nobody's side here.And there is another team in Laurel just not in the "City" that play on Rt 197 And another in west laurel. With the same price.With all that said I do not feel comfortable making donations are doing fund raisers, if I do not know where the money is going.
Antonio Washington April 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I'm curious why the summer camp would cost $20,000 to $40,000. What are the actual costs of the camp? If they have no paid employees there's no salaries to pay.
Suzanne Haversack April 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The Greater Laurel United Soccer Club offers British and Brazilian Soccer Camps at very reasonable prices. These camps are run by professional trainers and are a lot of fun! Sign up at www.glusc.com.
Antonio Washington April 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
City of Laurel also has summer camps. $100 for City resdients and $130 for non city. How much does the LBGC camp cost? https://www.cityoflaurel.org/sites/default/files/u28/Spring%20Summer%20Brochure%20%202012%20WEB.pdf

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