Davis gala proceeds help Boys & Girls Club

Aug 8 2013 - 11:56pm

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FARMINGTON -- The Layton Armory, it appears, will be the new home for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis, officials said.

The selection of the armory as the new home for the club was revealed at the Davis County Commission meeting Tuesday.

The BGCWD is to be the recipient of the proceeds of the 10th annual Davis County Gala to be held Sept. 5 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.

Each year, the commission chooses a worthy cause to support with its black-tie gala. This year the commission chose to raise funds for the BGCWD.

"The Boys and Girls Club has a limited presence in Davis County, but raising much-needed funds will aid the organization in expanding their presence and reach, helping many more children in need in Davis County," said Dave Hilliard, director of operations for Davis Conference Center.

The club, for more than a year, has been actively pursuing a new site in northern Davis County.

"The primary line of pursuit is entering a partnership with the Davis School District for the use of the Layton Armory," said BGCWD Chairwoman Janene Muller.

The armory is west of Central Davis Junior High School, 663 Church St., just off Golden Avenue.

"If an agreement for the use of the armory cannot be made, BGCWD is looking at club/school partnerships similar to the successful programs at Odyssey Elementary in Ogden and North Davis Junior High in Clearfield," Muller said.

District officials met with Boys and Girls Club officials in mid-June and reached an agreement for the use of the armory, Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said.

The school district and Layton city are splitting the cost of installing a used boiler from the old Wasatch Elementary School in the Central Davis Junior High School armory, Williams said. The Boys and Girls Club is simply renting the building according to the district's rental policy.

The district owns the building, Layton shares maintenance based on an interlocal agreement between the district and the city, and the Boys and Girls Club gets to rent a heated facility, Williams said.

"We are so excited that the Boys and Girls Club is expanding their presence in Davis County," Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.

"This will help meet the needs of more of our at-risk children here locally," he said.

Placing the club in the armory will benefit local children where most of the low- to moderate-income families in the county live within a 2-mile radius of the armory, Petroff said.

Muller said the BGCWD appreciates the generous support and work of the Davis County gala committee.

The gala in previous years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for its designated recipients.

Those interested in attending the gala may call 801-451-3231 or visit www.daviscountygala.com.

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