Fundraising reaches halfway goal for Boys & Girls Clubs in La Mesa – East County News

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

By Rick Griffin

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County Foundation is halfway toward a goal of raising $8.9 million in donations that will be used to construct a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center and fund an endowment to operate both facilities. Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director, reports he has commitments of $4.45 million, including a $3 million pledge from La Mesa residents Mary Alice and Ron Brady, founders of The Brady Companies.

Ron and Mary Alice Brady at 2013 Stampede

Ron and Mary Alice Brady at 2013 Stampede

As a result of the Brady donation, Fazio said the new La Mesa clubhouse will be called the Brady Family Clubhouse. The 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, to be located in Highwood Park on the west end of the La Mesa Middle School campus, will be the largest of the six Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. With construction planned to begin in 2015, the new clubhouse will feature The Academy, a learning center, a full-service kitchen and nutrition center, a separate “Little Rascals” area for 5-to-7-year olds and a gymnasium named for La Mesas native, Helix High alum and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. Walton also is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame.
Fazio said the Brady donation also will help renovate an existing teen center in La Mesa, to be renamed the Brady Family Teen Center. Owned by the City of La Mesa and operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County, the teen center is a popular home-away-from-home for La Mesa’s 11-to-18 year olds since it was opened in October 2006. The Teen Center will receive an exterior face lift, interior upgrades, including flooring and carpeting, new furniture, computers and a security system.
Donations and pledges also will fund a permanent endowment to provide ongoing funding for the new clubhouse and teen center, Fazio said.