The Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club announced several initiatives designed to expand future programs in a press release.
The board announced the completion of a purchase of a 21-acre undeveloped parcel of land off M. Daniels Lane, adjacent to the town of Edgartown’s Robinson Road Recreational Park. The purchase of the land also includes a memorandum of understanding with the town that includes a land swap. The club agreed to donate a two-acre parcel that abuts the park to the town; the town will purchase an additional 4.67-acre parcel for future expansion of town facilities, and the club will receive necessary easements for access to the property. The remaining 14-plus acres of the parcel will serve as the site of the club’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Edgartown, along with space for the future needs of the club.
Additionally, the board and the ad hoc development committee announced that the club had reached half its fundraising goal of $15 million needed for the land purchase and construction of the new facility, set to replace the existing building on another nearby parcel. As of July 9, the club launched their public fundraising campaign.
“We are very excited about building a new facility, which will better address our future needs by providing more space to serve a growing number of Island students,” said Norman Rankow, president of the Boys and Girls Club board, said in a press release.
The board also announced several leadership changes. The club appointed a new executive director, Dhakir Warren. Also at the board meeting, Norman Rankow was elected board president, Jonathan Chatinover was elected treasurer, and Jennifer DaSilva was elected secretary.