CSU Helps Local Boys and Girls Clubs Celebrate 75th Anniversary

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s College of the Arts is teaming up with local artists to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley celebrate a milestone anniversary with its “75 Blue Doors” project, symbolizing how local clubs open doors of opportunity for youth.

On Friday, Nov. 1, CSU student volunteers and local artists will join some of the 850 children served daily by the local Boys and Girls Club to create, from 3-7 p.m., unique works of art out of 75 doors – one for each year since Bill Jordan launched the local presence that now serves over 3,200 children at five Columbus-area clubs annually.

“We are excited to partner with Columbus State University and the community to celebrate our 75 years in the Chattahoochee Valley,” said Rodney Close, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley. “This is a very special project that will benefit and celebrate very special children and staff who have gone through the blue doors and who will continue to walk through those doors and toward great futures.”

The local clubs are still seeking donations and volunteers in conjunction with the project. They specifically need paint, rollers, brushes, painter’s tape, buckets and similar items. Volunteers are also encouraged to sign up for the Nov. 1  afternoon of painting at the North Columbus Club, 1309 29th St. Businesses are encouraged to send a team or two of painters to paint doors that will be hung with pride in the city.

If you can donate items or manpower to the event, contact Wendy McReynolds, director of strategic development for the local clubs, at 706-596-9330 or wmcreynolds@bgc-colsga.org.

Public Relations Campaigns, a senior-level Communication Department class in CSU’s College of the Arts, has been helping McReynolds organize and publicize the event.

“I had an outline of what we wanted to do, and the class has taken it on and just run with it,” she said.

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