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Perforce cuts checks for Boys & Girls Club, golf

Submitted by on 1, February 10, 2010 – 5:45 am2 Comments
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Boys & Girls Club veep Bill Dal Porto and Perforce CEO Chris Seiwald

The foundation for Alameda’s Perforce Software has donated $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda for the new Youth Development Center it’s building on the grounds of the old Woodstock Elementary School. The money will be dedicated to construction of a new, state-of-the-art technology lab.

Work has begun on the 25,000-square-foot facility, and the club’s executive director, George Phillips, said he hopes it’ll be completed in late January 2011.

“The mission they serve in the city is invaluable. It’s a really key component to how the city serves the kids,” Perforce CEO Chris Seiwald said.

Seiwald, whose 10-year-old foundation typically donates between $100,000 to $200,000 to charity, said he was also drawn to the project because he thought it a good combination of governmental and private efforts. The city is applying to use $2 million of its Measure WW regional park bond money to help build the club, and it will get some use of the new facility in return.

Meanwhile, the Boys & Girls Club is hosting its 25th annual “Be Great: Alameda” auction dinner on Saturday, March 6 at the Hilton Oakland Airport hotel. Auction items will be posted online beginning this Sunday, February 14. The money raised will be used to build the club’s new facility. Tickets for the black tie-optional event are $125 each and are available online. For more information, call 522-5900 or email the club at auction@alamedabgc.org.

And if you’re looking to get more information on the new facility or to donate directly, you can click on the banner ad on the right side of the page (or just click here.)

The Perforce Foundation has also issued a $20,000 challenge grant to the Alameda Junior Golf Club to aid its efforts to assume responsibility for the Mif Albright nine-hole golf course. Through the grant, the club will get a dollar for every dollar donated by the community up to that amount. The money will be used by the non-profit for startup costs and working capital.

The club is set to ask the City Council if it can take over the city-owned par 3 course, which is popular with youths and seniors but which has been facing permanent closure. City officials say the course is facing declining revenue and rounds, though golf boosters say different.

“Children in Alameda need options and golf is a great choice. The Perforce Foundation is proud to make this donation and help keep this course open for the children, seniors and the community,” Seiwald was quoted as saying in a press release announcing the grant.

If you’re interested in donating to the club’s Keep the Mif campaign, you can make out your pledges to Alameda Junior
Golf and send them to Alameda Junior Golf, 1 Memorial Clubhouse Drive, Alameda, Calif., 94502. Or for more information, call 521-4727.

2 Comments »

  • Scott says:

    The New Boys & Girls club is a great new addition to the west end of Alameda. Thanks Preforce to helping to make it happen.

  • Lorre says:

    Under Seiwald's guidance, Perforce has displayed an impressive committment to social responsibility. This apparently even during difficult economic times when many larger companies have significantly trimmed contributions from their foundations. From its green practices to stepping up for its workers and community, I'm impressed. Thank you Perforce and Chris Seiwald for your commitment to making Alameda a better place to live, work and create.

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