Fauquier Boys & Girls Club in dire straits
The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier has been located off Keith Street in Warrenton since 2009. However, the organization is currently unable to pay off its $900,000 mortgage and needs the community's assistance. Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
At the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, you’re more than just a registration fee, said parent Melissa Layton.
Unfortunately, the numbers aren’t adding up for the beloved institution on Keith Street in Warrenton.
Due to an unsuccessful capital campaign a few years ago, the Boys & Girls Club is looking to raise $1.6 million to help pay off the dual mortgages they had when the club moved into the building at the end of 2009.
The organization is receiving a free marketing campaign from McKinsey Development of Warrenton in an attempt to raise the amount between now and the end of the year.
The worst-case scenario is losing the building to foreclosure, a possibility Layton doesn’t want to contemplate. With a son and daughter both enrolled in the after-school program, Layton loves the convenience and the personal relationships she and her family have forged with the staff and volunteers there.
With a schedule that doesn’t allow her to pick up her children from their respective schools on Monday and Tuesday, the Cedar Lee Middle School teacher relies on the schools to bus Jenna and Brandon to the Warrenton facility.
“It’s not just ‘hi, how are you?’” said Layton. “If we run into them in town, we stop, say hello and chat. They have a vested interest in the kids. They are not just a number.”
According to executive director Jon Gregory, the organization is currently paying approximately $4700 a month on the first mortgage note but has been unable to pay anything on the second note – approximately $900,000.
That note is being held by former building owners Mike and Kim Forsten of the Old Town Athletic Club.
There was an agreement that any payment on the second note would not be paid for two years, said Gregory. But that time has come and gone with the club receiving two extensions on the second mortgage.
While the tax records for 2012 were unavailable at press time, past club board president and organization co-founder Jerry Wood estimates the organization will be in the red by the end of the year should it not receive any major donations.
Layton said she likes the organization so much that she’d be willing to pay a sizable amount more than the $100 annual fee, especially in comparison to other, more expensive after-school programs in the area.
“Her [Jenna’s] experience there has been fantastic,” Layton said. “I’d hate to see it go away.”
Those interested in donating to the Boys & Girls Club can do so by visiting the organization's website bgcfauquier.org. The club will also be hosting its 13th annual Genia Haught Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 27 at Fauquier Springs Country Club. Deadline to register is Sept. 20. Tournament and individual hole sponsorships are also available.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of Friday's Fauquier Times.
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