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August 5, 2014 | News

Foundation Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has made a $142,192 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties (BGLSC) to ensure financial growth and sustainability for the agency. The grant’s primary purpose is to provide BGCLS with the resources they need to develop today’s youth into the future leaders of Lake and Sumter Counties.  This funding allows the BGLSC to hire a full time fundraising professional and purchase the technology and software necessary for success.

“This grant helps us to take a crucial step toward making a long-term, sustainable impact on the youth of Lake and Sumter counties,” says Freddy Williams, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties. “We applaud the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation’s commitment to philanthropy in Central Florida, particularly in Lake County.” Mr. Williams started as the new CEO in October 2012 and recently was named Rookie of The Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the America Southeast Region.

“The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has made a sizable commitment to Boys & Girls Club movement across Central Florida including Lake County, committing over $2.6 million to the efforts over the years” said David Odahowski, President and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. “The Lake County Boys & Girls Club, its Board of Directors and new leadership have put Lake County on the map for this type of grant funding.”

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties (BGCLSC) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In 2013, over 1,853 local youth benefited from Club programs with three priority outcomes – Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character and Citizenship.  Club programs are offered at locations in Leesburg (2 sites), Eustis, Umatilla, Bushnell, Wildwood, Clermont, and Lady Lake. For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties, please visit