Trail Blazers, Windermere And Community Celebrate Refurbished Meyer Boys & Girls Club
By make it better Posted in: makeitbetter
Friday afternoon was a beautiful day for a celebration. The warm rays of sunshine were put to good use as the Trail Blazers, Windermere volunteers, Boys & Girls Club representatives and oodles of kids gathered at the Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club in Sellwood to commemorate the opening of the newly refurbished center.
Early-morning volunteers from Coca-Cola joined those of Windermere and the Trail Blazers to continue the club spruce-up—made possible by a $25,000 donation from make it better and Windermere—with fresh paint, cleaning and landscaping.
“The Windermere Foundation, what we do is, all the agents, they donate a portion of every commission and we raise money so we can do things like this, refurbish the club. Last year we helped the Blazers with the northeast club and then this was perfect to come down and do the same thing and replace the scoreboards and all that,” said Brian Carlson, President of Windermere Services for Oregon and SW Washington. “Every agent in Oregon helped us do this. And then we have a yearly service day and so all the red shirts you see walking around today, those are agents who showed up to landscape and clean up the club before the kids start coming here all summer. They always need a little sprucing up. They love doing it and it’s a lot of fun and that’s it.
“We’re out there in the community all the time,” Carlson continued. “In and out of people’s homes and helping grow communities and helping people move and really involved in everybody’s life that way, but we get paid for that. So it’s nice to come back and say ‘Thank you,’ and help the community and do stuff like this.”
With the morning’s activities complete, the growing crowd and excited kids headed inside to watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the newly renovated gym. New scoreboards, photos of Trail Blazers and wall carpeting we’re just a few of the improvements they saw as the flooded through the red double doors and onto the court.
Trail Blazers Ambassador Jerome Kersey joined the fun in the gym with BlazerDancers and Blaze the Trail Cat to kick-off the afternoon carnival. DJ OG ONE kept the music pumping while Boys & Girls Club members danced, decorated cookies, chowed down on lunch, had their faces painted and left their marks on a giant mural to hang in the club.
“It’s always important to give back to the kids and the community that helped today, Windermere, the Blazers and everybody coming together, all the volunteers, really make this whole thing go because without them this just can’t get done,” Kersey said. “It’s as much about having a place to come and play and everything, but it’s a safe haven, a place to keep learning during the summer, so when you go back in the fall to school, you know you kept up with your skills or your skills have gotten better.”
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