estate businessman John D. (Jack) Jones has donated $1 million to the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica for a new community branch
located in the Mar Vista Gardens apartment complex.
“I hope that my support for the
Club will influence others to make similar investments in our communities,”
Jones said. “Local executives have the means and desires to see the
community’s children grow and prosper.
My wish is for my own children and grandchildren to carry on our
family’s tradition of investing in our community and supporting local kids.”
The Club’s newest branch - The
Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center - is located at 4901 Marionwood Drive in Mar
Working with the Housing
Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the facility will undergo a major refurbishment
over the next few months and becomes the newest addition to the Santa Monica
Boys & Girls Clubs’ community branches.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and
CEO Aaron Young said Jack’s commitment of giving back to the Los
Angeles community in this way was truly inspiring.
"The Mar Vista Gardens project would not be possible without Jack’s vision and dedication,” Young said.
The Youth Center will provide a range of recreational and educational
resources for youth to enjoy
that help youth achieve outcomes of academic success, good character &
citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
A few years ago, when Jones learned about the
Boys & Girls Clubs from his friend Cal Johnston, he knew his dream was to eventually
open a club in Inglewood.
After a couple
of false starts, the opportunity did not materialize; but a new door opened in
2009 when he met Aaron Young, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa
Monica. They established a great relationship and Jones has since served on the
Club’s board of directors.
Last year, amidst City and
County budget cuts, the stars aligned enabling Jones’s dream to come true with
the chance to open a new Boys & Girls Club in Mar Vista Gardens.
than closing down the existing Community Center, the Housing Authority of Los
Angeles solicited bids from non-profits to operate the facility for the benefit
of the community.
When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica was selected,
it created the perfect opportunity for Jones to fund the new club.
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