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Community rallies to save Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club

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The Boys and Girls Club in Oakhurst is closing by end of June leaving parents in limbo over where their children will go to after school.

The organization sent out a letter to parents letting them know the club will be closed during the summer and possibly indefinitely all because theirs not enough money to run the program.

“To the parents, this is unfortunate. We did not want to do this, nobody wanted to do it but for the health of moving forward, it is the right thing to do at this point,” Mountain Area Youth Organization Chair Doug Macaulay said.

MAYO contracts with the Boys and Girls Club in Fresno County but lately money has been in short supply.

“We just came to the conclusion that what we need to do is stop the bleeding,” Macaulay said.

He said the cost to run the club is $100,000 a year that is not including upgrade cost that are still needed for the Oakhurst site.

Macaulay said they need to fix an AC unit and the roofing will need to get fixed as well.

He said the local Rotary Club has stepped in to offer money but Macaulay’s goal is to fund the club for the entire school year and to get parents involved in the club as well.

“Our goal is to be closed for a short time. Our goal would be to be open when school starts,” he said.

The club serves over 400 children per year, over 100 kids depend on the club each day after school.

Oakhurst residents and businesses are coming together to make sure those doors stay open.

“It’s just an asset to this community and it’s something we need to keep and save,” Cheves said.

Mark Cheves, owns a local automotive shop in Oakhurst, he’s one of many people who are trying to keep the lights on at the Boys and Girls Club in Oakhurst.

“You know the old saying, ‘it takes a village’ that is absolutely the truth and we’re all going to come together one way or another and we’re going to keep the Boys and Girls Clubs open,” he said.

The club will be holding a car wash fundraiser at the Oakhurst Medical Building on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The club have also set up a paypal account for people to donate money.

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