Rockford, IL- Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the Club Blue 2019-20 Committee and Foundation Board, presented checks totaling $30,000 to KFACT and Children’s Safe Harbor through a virtual check presentation ceremony. The virtual compilation was released on Club Blue’s Facebook page at 5pm. It included remarks from Therese Trenhaile, Club Blue Foundation Board President, Shamika Williams, Executive Director of KFACT and Megan Brechon, Executive Director of Children’s Safe Harbor as well as Club Blue’s traditional toast to congratulate the charities.
These 501(c)(3) organizations were selected by an independent, undisclosed selection committee to receive grants funded by monies raised in 2020 for projects that carry out the Club Blue mission: To supply the basic goods and services that promote the safety, health and well-being of children in need in our community.
Monies raised by Club Blue 2020 will allow KFACT to provide additional mentorship and direct services to support and expand programming for the Lady All Star Program. KFACT All Stars have a 100% high school graduation rate and 96% of the girls pursue post-secondary education. A total of 250 girls will be able to enroll in the program for the 2020-2021 school year.
Children’s Safe Harbor is an organization that provides a safe place for families to use when exchanging children for visitation and provides supervised visitation services. Parents may access services through court order, agency referral or by self-request. The Club Blue grant will allow the program to support their “Safety for Children through Expanded Exchange Programming”. Funds will allow for additional staff in order to have their doors open for morning exchange of children on Sundays, between the hours of 8am to 12 pm.
“We are grateful to this community of generous businesses and individuals who continue to support our mission through their donations to Club Blue, even in these trying times. Because of their generosity, we have the opportunity to ensure that KFACT and Children’s Safe Harbor can provide critical services to Rockford’s children in greatest need.” said Therese Trenhaile, Club Blue Board President.
Club Blue began in 2011 by ten women who gathered together and were shocked to learn about the magnitude of child abuse in the Rockford community. The women decided to take action and eighty-two days later the first Club Blue event was held.
The Club Blue committee has grown and in 8 years have raised over $1,500,000 to support children in need in our community.
For more information regarding Club Blue and the charities they serve please visit www.clubbluerockford.org