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(from l. to r.) Ashley Reyes, Brian Reynolds, Resorts World Casino New York City Vice President, Scott Molina, Resorts World Casino New York President, David Kupecky, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens Executive Director, Korrine Cuascut
By Carlotta Mohamed

The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens (BGCMQ) received a generous $10,000 donation from Resorts World Casino New York City to help kick off their Nov. 27 Giving Tuesday fund-raising campaign.

The contribution pushes the club — located at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in South Richmond Hill — closer toward reaching their goal of raising $28,000 in 28 days to help fund the youth programs they offer to the Queens community.

“Yet again, Resorts World Casino New York City shows their commitment to the enrichment of the Queens community. We are extremely grateful for their dedication to ensuring all our children are given the tools they need to lead successful lives,” said David Kupecky, executive director of BGCMQ. “We hope their generosity inspires others to support our mission of providing quality youth programs this Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season.”

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for social media activism, was created in 2012 as a counter to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It has since grown into a global movement to help facilitate the spirit of giving and philanthropy at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

“I am honored to partner with the real-life heroes of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens who work tirelessly to inspire and enable young men and women in our community,” said Scott Molina, president of Resorts World Casino New York City. “Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to support their impactful programs that are helping to change the lives of 4,000 at-risk youth each year.”

For more than 60 years, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens has inspired and enabled all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

The club provides quality after-school programs that enhance the educational, emotional, social, and physical development of youth. Members seek refuge in the club and benefit from its safe, stable and positive environment, supportive staff, and engaging in constructive activities.

The club serves youth between the ages of 5 and 18 annually, averaging more than 850 children per day from Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Jamaica, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, and parts of Brooklyn.

Donations toward the Giving Tuesday campaign can be made at www.givinggrid.com/bgcmq, by calling Vanessa Carter at (718) 441-6050, ext. 207, or by mail at BGCMQ, 110-04 Atlantic Ave., South Richmond Hill, NY 11419.

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmohamed@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

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