Businessman Donates $1M For New Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Clubhouse

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013, 9:45:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Jack and Cindy Jones present the $1 million check to SMBGC President/CEO Aaron Young (right).
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Jack and Cindy Jones present the $1 million check to SMBGC President/CEO Aaron Young (right).

Local real

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

Vista Gardens. 

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.

Rather

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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