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Important News & Upcoming Events

  • Red Sox Corporate Executive Chef to create menu for annual Evening with the Red Sox
    Event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2015) – Boston Red Sox Corporate Executive Chef Ron Abell will leave Fenway and head to Southwest Florida, as he leads the Aramark team in creating and preparing a new menu for this year’s 10th annual Evening with the Red Sox dinner and auction event.  Chef Abell served under Lydia Shire at Biba, Lucient Robert and Pierre Jamet at Maison Robert and as executive chef at the famed Icarus in Boston’s fashionable South End. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University and Blue Hills High School for the Culinary Arts, Chef Abell is constantly challenging and expanding his culinary skills. He is an active member of the Chef's Collaborative, [More...]
  • 10th Annual Evening with the Red Sox scheduled for March 2 at JetBlue Park
    Event benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2014) – The 10th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County’s Evening with the Red Sox dinner and auction is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015. For the third consecutive year, the event will be held at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Sox’s 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers. The evening will begin at 5:30 and include a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, silent and live auctions, dinner and autograph signings from Red Sox players. Last year’s event included autograph signings by Craig Breslow, Mike Carp and Will Middlebrooks. “Evening with the Red Sox has [More...]
  • From Juvy to NFL, banker credits Boys & Girls Club One Saturday night, Richard Fain found himself in an uncomfortable position. He stared at the ceiling from a bunk bed in juvenile detention. He was around 13 years old and had been picked up for stealing a Polo shirt and shorts while with friends at Edison Mall in Fort Myers. My mom taught me better than this, he thought. Up until that time, his friends fell into two categories: kids who dabbled in shoplifting and would soon graduate to selling drugs and kids who competed in sports, like the young men he played basketball with at the first Boys & Girls Club in Lee County. "That was really the turning point in my life," said Fain, 46. "I could go the straight and narrow and pursue education [More...]

Mission Statement: to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Since 1974 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County has helped strengthen the community by providing a safe, positive, constructive place for youth. The Clubs offer young people a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural, and social programs. We seek to enrich the lives of the youth we serve and foster opportunities for personal growth and achievement.

The Boys & Girls Clubs is an afterschool and summer enrichment program for boys and girls 6 to 18 years old. We operate 7 sites throughout Lee County and serve over 1,700 youth a year. These youth rely on the Clubs and the staff to guide them through their adolescents and provide the structure for successful adult lives. Many of these youth live at or below the poverty line and in many instances are being raised by a single parent. Though they face many obstacles the Club is a constant positive in their lives. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is committed to helping those who need us the most BE GREAT!

Proof Positive

These statistics reflect the results of the Florida Tax Watch Research Institute and internal studies of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County youth members. They demonstrate the positive impact Boys & Girls Clubs programs have on the youth we serve.

  • Learning gains in reading and mathematics for Club members was greater than that of their peer student population
  • The dropout rate for Club members was lower than that of their peer student population
  • Club members had a lower rate of absenteeism at all grade levels and significantly lower rates of serious criminal offenses
  • 91% of Club members maintained or improved their overall grade point average in school
  • 86% of Club members gain knowledge of nutrition and healthy living habits

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