NORTH HAVEN — After months of planning, the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club’s North Haven location is ready to open. The Wallingford-based club hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Hope Christian Church on Wednesday and will open Aug. 28 to coincide with the start of school.
“I hope everyone here is as excited as I am for this new venture,” said Carlos Collazo, club executive director. “The Boys & Girls Club has been around for 56 years and this is actually the first time the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club has gone outside of the Wallingford community. So for us this is huge.”
Couches for the new location were donated by Froogle Furniture, desks and chairs were provided by New England ReUse and Nick Cassela of North Haven donated office furniture. Furniture was moved into the Montowese Avenue church building by Quinnipiac University students.
iPads were donated by the Paul Mitchell School in North Haven to create the Paul Mitchell Genius Bar. Pool and foosball tables were taken from the Wallingford club to create a game room.
“This day is really the beginning of a dream we had 14 years ago when we came to North Haven,” said Jim Detweiler, pastor at Hope Christian Church. “Our dream was to have a church that was deeply rooted in our community. We knew that there was a need for after school programs, but we just didn’t have the resources. Today is an exciting day for us at Hope.”
The club is also expecting to gain additional funding from the North Haven Rotary Club and the Tessa Marie Memorial 5k & Walk on Sunday, Nov. 10.
“This year, 50% of the proceeds will be coming here,” said Dana Morris, spokesperson for the Tessa Marie Memorial Fund.
Eric Scaranuzzo, club board member, said that the Tessa Marie Memorial Fund would be given naming rights to the club’s game room space for their donation.
The ceremony closed with Collazo’s son, C.J., cutting the ribbon for the grand opening and Dee Prior Nesti, executive director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, welcoming the club to North Haven.
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