The Boy's and Girl's Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has made headlines recently for being unable to pay back a debt to the City.
On the flip side, they say they are right on track with their operational budgets for the year. As the club holds fundraisers throughout the year, some people may wonder where the money they give is going: the operational budget or the debt repayment.
Their operational budget requires $1.5 million per year, and this money goes to ensuring the Club runs smoothly and that enough supplies are provided for the children that come. Their debt repayment is $1.6 million to the City of Harrisonburg for renovations and other work done on the Simms Community Center.
Heather Denman, the Executive Director of the Boy's and Girl's Club, explains the money from upcoming fundraisers will go to the budget, not the debt.
"CiCi's is doing a fundraising event for us this evening, and that, the funds raised at this event will support our $1.6 million annual operating budget," says Denman. "They wanted to help out with operations. Chick-Fil-A contacted us because of recent media, and they want to help with the Capital Campaign. So we are going to do some kind of an event with them to support that."
The Club is currently looking for a way to handle to the debt other than through conducting fundraisers. They will present their plan at the next council meeting on February 12.