GRENVILLE BAKER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB WELCOMES NEW BOARD PRESIDENT   & TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS 

Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce new positions to its Board of Directors. John Campbell has been elected to the position of President of the Board. The Club is also pleased to welcome Natalia Good and Sean Simensky to its Board.  

John Campbell

John Campbell 
John Campbell will serve as Board President for 2021. John became involved in the Club began when his children were members, more than 15 years ago. From there, his passion for Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club and its role in “inspiring youth the realize their full potential” grew.  Over the years, John has served as President of the Board (from 2011-2014), as a Youth of the Year Judge, and on the Executive, Operations, and Golf Committees.  In his professional life, he is a Senior Vice President- Investments at UBS Financial Services in Jericho, NY.   

John Campbell remarks, “My involvement at the Club has been a blessing for me and time well spent. For all that I have given, I have received so much more. I have been privileged to see the inside story on all the Club does for the children of this community.” 

Erick Brook has been named President-Elect for 2021 in preparation for leading the board in 2022. Eric is also the current Treasurer and serves on the Executive and Golf Committees. 

Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is also delighted to welcome new Board members Natalia Good and Sean Simensky 

Sean Simensky

Natalia Good

Natalia P. Good, an attorney and graduate of Fordham Law School, is a veteran volunteer of Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club. She started volunteering as a tutor and then went on to serve on the Gala, Youth of the Year Selection, and Operations & Safety Committees. Beyond her commitment with the Club, Natalia is also involved in the UJA Long Island Women’s Cabinet, conducts interviews for Duke University’s Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee, and has served in various fundraising capacities for several local nonprofits. She currently resides in Locust Valley with her husband Adam and their two children. 

Sean N. Simensky also joins our Board this year. An alumnus of the Club, he understands deeply the work we do and, in fact, he and his family have been dedicated volunteers and supporters for many years. Most recently, Sean has served on our Gala and Operations & Safety Committees. In his professional life, Sean is an associate at Rivkin Radler in the firm’s Banking and Corporate Practice Groups and concentrates his practice on general corporate representation of private national and international companies, not-for-profit corporations, as well as representing financial institutions, private lenders and borrowers in loan transactions. In 2019, Sean was honored by Long Island Business News as a “30 Under 30” award recipient.  

 

Healthy Snacks Bring Joy

Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is delighted to have been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation to help enhance its afterschool healthy snacks program. We are very grateful for this gift as we know that good nutrition is integral to children’s wellbeing and helps them stay on track to reach their full potential.  

Thanks to the owners of Dunkin’ Donuts in Bethpage, Louis Brienza and Bruce Carusi, the Club was recommended to the foundation for consideration. The mission of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is to bring joy to kids battling hunger or illness. Kari McHugh, Executive Director of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation remarks, “We are so proud to support Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club with a grant to help provide healthy snacks to kids in the Locust Valley area. 

Indeed, this grant is a wonderful contribution to our afterschool program as we provide daily snacks for approximately 200 kids a day, 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year. As children come to the Club directly from school, they arrive hungry for a nutritional boost. This grant will supplement the Club’s existing snack program, allowing us to add more fresh fruits, vegetables and string cheese so that kids have the energy to get their homework done, take part in activities, and have fun. 

L to R: Theresa Codispoti, Operations Manager Dunkin’ Brands; Ramon Reyes, GBBGC Executive Director; Louis Brienza, Dunkin’; Franchise Owner; Bruce Carusi, Dunkin’ Franchise Owner.

The Art of Holiday Shopping

For many of us, the Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of holiday shopping season.  Indeed, the bargains begin before the last piece of pie is served! This year, we hope that you will keep the Club and our kids in mind as the holiday spirit takes hold. Here are a few ways to give back while getting a great deal. 

For something utterly unique, consider a hand-crafted gift made by one of our Club kids. During this season of giving and celebration, our tweens are reminding us how blessed we are here in Locust Valley through their Torch Club Holiday Art Sale. 

Through Torch Club, our leadership and community outreach program for children in grades 6-8, our kids have developed a strong sense of appreciation for and a desire to give thanks for their families and their Club. Indeed, at a young age, they are learning to plan and participate in worthwhile community service projects. This holiday season they are lending their artistic talents and organizing an Art Sale to raise funds for children in need.

If you’re an Amazon shopper, please consider signing up for the Amazon Smile program, which donates .5% of your purchases to the charity of your choice at no cost to you. To sign up, visit smile.amazon.com and follow the simple instructions to choose “Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club” as your beneficiary

Likewise, if you find yourself at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, we are delighted to share that Neiman Marcus is once again supporting the Club with a second national holiday fundraiser that will run through December 31, 2020. Specifically, Neiman Marcus customers can donate to Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club while checking out in the store and online

The Trick to a Halloween Treat!

There are few things that children look forward to more than a day dedicated to candycostumes, and spooky storiesThis year, to ensure safety, our creative staff and Keystone teens transformed our customary Spook Alley event into a haunted house on wheels, which traveled to each of our afterschool sites on October 30th.  

Leading up to the event, our Keystone Club teens decorated a Grenville Baker bus in various Halloween motifs and stuffed individual trick-or-treat goodbags for the children in our afterschool programChildren boarded the Haunted Bus one at a time to collect their treats. The trick, of course, was that a friendly-spirited “scare” awaited our candy gatherers as masked teens jumped out from behind the seats. Children exited the bus, treats in hand, to be greeted by Michelle Gallucci, our Bayville Site director, who was dressed up as a T-Rex 

To round out the afternoon, we organized games and activities, including pumpkin design contestscookie decorating, and a costume competition. Prizes went to Best Costume, Most Original, Funniest, and Scariest. G.Willikers of Locust Valley generously donated $10 gift cards to all of the winners!  

Other supporters of this wonderful event included the Changemakers Interfaith Groupa group of students from Syosset High Schoolthat donated Halloween goody bags to the kids at LV Reformed Church and Lou Brienza of Dunkin’ in Bethpage, who donated doughnuts and Munchkins for the kids to enjoy. 

The day was frightfully fun!