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85 Years of Helping: Pasadena Boys and Girls Club Celebrates Birthday and $800,000 Make Over

Published on Saturday, August 6, 2022 | 5:44 am

With a bounce house, a dunk tank, and free backpack giveaway, the Pasadena Boys And Girls Club celebrated its 85th birthday Friday — and perhaps more importantly, the recently-completed $800,000 renovation of their North Fair Oaks Avenue property. 

An ebullient Lisa Cavelier, the Club’s chief executive officer, said the event at the Mackenzie-Scott Branch, at 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., was just the beginning of their year-long birthday party. 

“We gutted the building in December,” Cavalier said. “We took out the floors that were 30 years old. We did new floors, new paint, we took out windows that had been covered with drywall and opened those back up again.” 

The “biggest ticket item”? The new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

“It’s almost half a million dollars,” she said. “We have changed from a 30-year-old chiller system to now a modern, zoned and wonderfully cool air conditioning and heating system. It’s all been such a huge project all through the last six to seven months, and we’re almost complete at this point.”

According to Cavelier, the renovations and improvements serve a twofold purpose.

“The renovations allow for a couple of really important things,” she explained. 

“One is that both of our buildings now look the same, that no matter where you go in Pasadena to walk into a Boys and Girls club, it looks fresh and clean and worthy of the kids and the staff that are spending their time here. That was my number one goal.” 

The revamped building also allows for more children in the building, said Cavelier. 

Cavalier explained that following the pandemic, the Boys and Girls Club is building back capacity slowly.

“We are on a slow build after COVID,” she said. “Both of our branches were open, and I think we had close to 250 registered at each branch, and we topped out at 150 each day or so in each building. So the goal is to serve more kids and do better at serving them.”

Several large and familiar Southern California organizations and donors assisted with the renovations, including the Ahmanson Foundation, the County of Los Angeles through Measure A, the Skylight Foundation, the Helen and Will Webster Foundation, as well as Alabama quarterback Bryce Young,  through a partnership with CashApp. 

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