Darden Foundation Grants Local Clubs $1000

Grant Will Advance Clubs’ Educational & Civic Engagement Programs

The Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs announced it has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The Restaurant Community Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve.

“Each grant is not just a check – it is an opportunity to make an impact, from providing essential supplies to food banks in Oregon, to mentoring students in Phoenix and supporting environmental education in New England,” said Drew Madsen, president and chief operating officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc. “Our service philosophy extends far beyond the walls of our restaurants. These grants bring that philosophy to life by helping to develop a better future for those we serve, one community at a time.”

The donation will be utilized to advance the Clubs’ educational and civic engagement programs throughout Sullivan & Orange Counties, including structured daily tutoring programs and monthly community service projects for all Club members. Recent community service projects the Club kids have participated in include Relay for Life in Pine Bush and in Monticello, recycling projects in the Circleville programs and the raising funds for the Grandview Palace fire victims in Liberty.

“We are proud to partner with Darden Restaurants and the Darden Foundation to provide tutoring and academic support for children who need us most in our communities, in the hopes they will not only succeed but thrive academically. And we are proud of their support of our civic engagement programs, which help give our Club kids deep appreciate and respect for their communities,” said BGC Executive Director Alexis Eggleton.