The Boyle Heights-based Variety Boys and Girls Club has received a $100,000 matching grant from The National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada, the organization recently announced.
“The National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada is happy to once again contribute to the great work the Variety Boys and Girls Club provides to the East Los Angeles community,” said Milt Moritz, President and CEO of the association.
The grant, which will be used to enhance the Club’s new state-of-the-art facility, matches the $100.000 raised by the non-profit’s board of directors and staff, according to the award announcement.
“The National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada’s continued generosity and support of the Variety Boys and Girls Club helps make an impact on the lives of children in Boyle Heights, for that we are grateful,” said Lyndon Golin a board member of the Variety Boys and Girls Club and the National Association of Theater Owners.
Founded in 1949, the Variety Boys and Girls Club has deep ties to the entertainment industry, noted Jay Swerdlow, the Club’s board president, who, along with Executive Director Cris Arzate accepted the award at Rave Motion Pictures 18 + IMAX in West Los Angeles during a recent association film product seminar.
“Their very generous matching grant of $100,000 will enable us to continue to make a positive difference to the children and families in the Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles areas. We thank them for their commitment to our community,” Swerdlow said.
Located near Cesar Chavez Avenue and Soto Street, at 2530 Cincinnati St., the Club offers a variety of programs and resources to its members, ranging in age from 7 to 17, including after-school and summer recreational activities such as arts and crafts, computer literacy and science programs, physical education, mentoring and other programs.
Members pay $6.50 a year for the first child in a family, and a decreasing amount for each additional child in the same family.
“This award is an enormous honor for us, in celebration of what the Club has accomplished so far, and in honor of faith in our future,” Arzate added.
For more information about the Variety Boys and Girls Club, visit their website at www.vbgc.org.