LACONIA — The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region announced Friday that it has received a $25,000 unrestricted gift to operations from an anonymous donor.

According to board president Walt Flinn, the gift was completely unanticipated. "It came out of the blue — a wonderful surprise to start the new year. We are very grateful," he commented.

The donation will support staff, programs and scholarships at the Boys & Girls Club, which serves 50 elementary and middle school students per week at its new facility on North Main Street.

"This gift will provide mentoring, leadership development, homework assistance, sports and recreation, healthy snacks, art instruction and a whole lot more during the time of day when kids are most at risk," stated Executive Director Chris Emond. "Because of donors like this, every kid has a chance to do great things after school, no matter what their family's financial circumstances might be. It will make a big impact."

The gift comes shortly after the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region announced an intention to merge with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord in order to streamline operations and strengthen programming. Preparations for the merger are still underway, Emond confirmed.

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