GILFORD — Youth Center Director Scott Hodsdon is gearing up for a banner year of fundraising in 2016 in more ways than one.
While the noise from a pickup game of basketball reverberated in to the office, Hodsdon and Derek Tomlinson, of the board of directors, said 2016 is the third year of their campaign to get businesses to support the Gilford Youth Center by sponsoring a banner for their main athletic court.
The banners are hung around the court and, in exchange for supporting the youth programs provided by the center, each banner sponsor gets some advertising.
The Gilford Youth Center was built about nine years ago as an annex to the Gilford Community church from donation from a generous family. The annex is home to the Miss Lakes Region Pagent, Gilford Got Lunch!, Santa Land, the Lunch Bunch Fitness Club, The Gilford Rotary – "Evening in Paradise" events among many other activities.
For the past six years, the center has been home to St. Baldrick's "Shave for a Cure" for cancer event.
Hodsdon said the Gilford Youth Center provides a variety of activities for area children including the pickup basketball game they had after school on Tuesday. He said about 50 percent of the kids who participate in the wide melange of programming that is also coordinated through the town of Gilford Parks and Recreation Department are on scholarships.
Although Tuesday's group insisted their homework was already done, Hodson said the location is perfect because, ideally, the students can go the library then come to the center to burn of some energy during drop-in time. He said the school bus is starting to drop more and more students off at the library or the center.
During the summer, the Gilford Youth Center becomes vital, said Hodsdon, because it gives many students a safe place to go. He said center organizes trips to Gilford Beach, Fisher Cats games and Canobie Lake Park.
He said because of the support the center gets from the community, students are exposed to the art, music and theater through Junior Picasso night and trips to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.
So far, the Gilford Youth Center has 11 banner sponsors but still has three sides of the auditorium to fill.
Hodsdon said a 3-foot by 6-foot banner cost $1,500 annually or $3,500 for three years. A 4-foot by 12-foot banner costs $2,500 a year or $6,000 for three years. Included in the sponsorship is design and artwork assistance, a listing on the Gilford Youth Center Website with a link to the business, a company brochure in the lobby, a company logo on all program brochures and event programs.
For more information or to assist at one of the programs, people should call Hodsdon at 524-6978.
Gilford youngsters and Derek Tomlinson, left, and Scott Hodsdon, right, take a pause in their pickup basketball game Thursday to call attention to the Gilford Youth Center and their banner fundraising campaign. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo/Gail Ober)
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