Benefit raises $200G for BGV school expansion



MILFORD >> The 2017 Fore Change fundraiser to benefit Boys & Girls Village raised more than $200,000 to support the growth of Charles F. Hayden School.

BGV IS statewide provider of behavioral health treatment, permanency planning, and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youths and their families.

The Race Brook Country Club in Orange held the event on June 5, which was underwritten by the BIC Corp.

Nearly 150 golfers spent an afternoon playing golf, while another 20 athletes participated in the “Rally for the Children” tennis tournament at Tennis Central in Woodbridge.

The day ended in an evening fundraiser at Race Brook, attended by more than 200 people.

The evening was highlighted by a speech from Kimone Facey, a BGV foster child.

Facey, who is a member of the state Department of Children and Families Youth Advisory Board, spoke of how support from BGV, DCF, and her loving foster family enhanced her self-confidence and allowed her to overcome a number of challenges.

Facey will attend Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., in the fall.

“The success stories we heard at our fundraiser exemplify the importance of BGV’s work,” said Dr. Steven Kant, BGV’s president and CEO.

“Through our school, Work To Learn vocational training, and foster care programs, BGV provides at-risk youth with opportunities to create better futures.”

Proceeds will support the 8,300 square-foot expansion of the Upper School, which will accommodate the recent addition of grades 11 and 12. It will include a larger student center and gymnasium, additional classroom space, and a full-size cafeteria.