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Youth Center Receives Funding Extension

The Millbrae Community Youth Center Project was granted another nine months to raise the remaining $45,000-$50,000 needed to complete repairs at the former Millbrae Lions Scout House.

The City Council, the Millbrae School District and the Lions Club this week extended the funding deadline to complete renovations to the former Millbrae Lions Scout House, giving organizers until Oct. 1, 2012.

In a report to the City Council, Denis Fama, fundraising chair of the Millbrae Community Youth Center Project, said much progress has been made at the scout house since the city, school district and Lion’s Club entered into an agreement in 2008.

However, the agreement’s funding deadline was Jan. 1, 2012, and organizers still needed to raise $45,000-$50,000 to repair the roof and make seismic upgrades, Fama said.

“I am asking each organization which is a party to the Dec. 16, 2008 (agreement) to grant an extension of nine months to the project,” he said. “I believe that this will give us sufficient time to complete our work and create the Youth Center which has been envisioned.”

The former Millbrae Lions Scout House, which is adjacent to , was shut down in 1999.

Once renovated, the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Clubs as an after-school clubhouse.

The project has raised $18,000 in cash and $75,000 in donated goods and services, Fama said, including help from and a successful . 

The Oktoberfest donations will pay for replacing the clubhouse’s doors, and a glass company is covering most of the cost of $10,000 windows, he said.

The organization still needs funding for termite treatment, new kitchen appliances, roof replacement and seismic work.

The Leos Club also donated $500 last week, and a resident is expected to send in $1,000 in the next few weeks, according to Fama.

Correction: The article previously stated that the Lions Club donated $500 last week, it was actually the Leos Club.

Denis Fama November 17, 2011 at 02:40 PM
One correction: the $500 donation is from the Leo's Club. But both the Lions and the Leo's have been wonderful partners in providing funding and volunteer support.

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