While many Club alumni have achieved particular distinction in fields such as entertainment, business, politics and sports, the average alumnus is not famous. Most have achieved success by getting an education, raising a family, serving their country, pursuing a career or supporting the community.
Millions have benefitted from belonging to a Boys & Girls Club since the first Club opened its doors in 1860. Based on research by Harris Interactive, Club alumni have very strong feelings about their individual Club experiences:
said Club staff helped them learn right from wrong
indicated the Club was the best thing available in their communities
said participating in the Club "saved my life"
Whether you live locally or are just in town for a few days, alumni are always welcome at the Club! Our vibrant Southport Clubhouse
at 385 Center Street in Southport
is what most alumni remember and love. But did you know we opened a new Clubhouse in the West End of Bridgeport? In 2011, the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse
opened its doors at 2414 Fairfield Avenue. We encourage you to stop in our Clubhouses, say hello and see how much has changed...and how much has stayed the same!
Each year, Wakeman must raise $1.3 million to support programs and operations at our Southport and Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouses and Outreach Program at McKinley Elementary School. Consider making a secure online donation to support the Club by clicking here!
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