Builder’s Club at the Boys & Girls Club helps ‘BADRAP’ |

Builder’s Club at the Boys & Girls Club helps ‘BADRAP’

ProvidedMembers of the Boys & Girls Builders Club recently raised funds for "BADRAP," a pit bull education and rescue group. Builders Club members include, front row, left to right: Mercadies Gentry, Nina Aegerter, Jade Burghard, Blaze, Sandy Pape, Aria D'Aintree, Lindsey Torres, Nellie Cuellar; standing: Konaugher Bannister, Abcde Giesseman, and Selina Perez.

Members of the Boys & Girls Club Builder’s Club recently raised $100 to donate to the organization “BADRAP.”

Builder’s Club is a leadership program for middle school students that meets at the Boys & Girls Club Main Site every Monday at 3:30 p.m. The program is a collaborative partnership with the Kiwanis Club of the Sierra’s, Kiwanis International, and the Boys & Girls Club of America, and provides youth with leadership skills through service. Participants elect officers, learn how to conduct meetings, and identify needs for community service.

The club members identified an issue several months ago that they were passionate about through BADRAP, which began as a resource for pit bulls and their people in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999 and has grown to a national sensation providing information, training, disaster relief and animal welfare program models to help dogs everywhere.

After the Builder’s Club sent their donation, they received more than a thank you note. Following are some of the quotes posted on the BADRAP Facebook: “Such cool kids”; “Such big hearts! And what a handsome club mascot!”; “We worry so much that our kids don’t get it, but they do!!”; “This made me tear-up a little bit”; “Lake Tahoe has much to be proud of”; “I hope all their parents are holding their heads high, cause they are doing an awesome job! GREAT JOB KIDS!!! You put a lot of adults to shame!”; “Way to go South Lake!! Makes me so happy to call this town home. The people here are amazing, perhaps the only town I have ever lived in where my red nose girl was loved by everyone. Way to keep up the good work Tahoe!!”.

In addition to financial and other support from Kiwanis, Sandy Papp, a Kiwanis member, serves as the volunteer advisor to the group. Club staffers Nina Aegerter and Kelly Garrity round out the adult support and direction the youth receive.

This Builder’s Club project is one of the many ways that the Boys & Girls Club is having a lasting impact on its 870 members.

The Builder’s Club will host an open house 6-8 p.m. March 12 at the Club’s Main Site, 1100 Lyons Ave. The public is welcome and a free dinner will be provided.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club and Builder’s Club visit

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