New Boys & Girls Club opening coverage
Kenosha got its first look at a dream almost 20 years in the making with an open house and ribbon cutting at the new Boys & Girls Club facility at 1330 52nd St.
With a couple hours yet to go in the event, Walter Graffen, club chief executive officer, said 1,500 people had come out to see the new club.
The facility includes a large gym, a dedicated indoor soccer field, and a host of rooms that can be used for everything from just hanging out to performing arts. The facility also will house space for a number of local organizations who serve children including the Kenosha Police Department, The Spanish Center, The Kenosha Unified School District, and the Kenosha Community Health Center.
The building was funded by a capital campaign that has raised over $10 million so far, with a completion goal of $13.8 million. The city of Kenosha donated $5 million, and $1 million donations were made by Natalie and Dennis Troha and Joseph and Shirley Madigrano.
Here is some video of highlights of the opening ceremony: