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Ramsdells helping to build great futures with Boys & Girls Club

Posted: Monday, Jan 6th, 2014

Kelley Ramsdell of J.C. Ramsdell takes some time to read with children at the Boys and Girls Club of Moody County. J.C. Ramsdell and Ramsdell F&M recently donated $100,000 to the club to help with the completion of the club’s new building. Kari Burggraff of Ramsdell F&M, at left, took on children in a game of Risk at the Moody County Boys & Girls Club as one of the club employees watches the action. Ramsdell F&M and J.C. Ramsdell recently donated $100,000 to the club to further the completion of its new building. The Boys & Girls Club of Moody County recently received significant donations worth $100,000. Presenting checks to the club were, the couple on the left, Mark and Kari Burggraff of Ramsdell F&M and, the couple on the right, Brandon Armstrong and Kelley Ramsdell of J.C. Ramsdell.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Moody County broke ground this past summer for new facilities with the Ramsdell family companies playing a big part in making the new home a reality.

Their gift of $100,000 was officially presented to Boys & Girls Club on Dec. 27.

Ramsdell F&M owners, Marc & Kari Burggraff along with J.C. Ramsdell owners Kelley Ramsdell and Brandon Armstrong, have been strong supporters of the club since its beginning seven years ago.

“Over the years the Flandreau community has been good to our companies and we feel obligated to give back to a great cause that will benefit our community in the future,” Scott Ramsdell said.

The Boys & Girls Club of Moody County has spent the past seven years in various different homes. With the completion of a $2 million capital campaign, they will officially have their own 11,000-square-foot building.

Ramsdells and the local communities have recognized the need to support the youth of Moody County. The Boys & Girls Club is one of two after-school programs for youth in the city of Flandreau.

The new home of the Boys & Girls Club of Moody County will include program space for arts, academic success, healthy lifestyles, outdoor play space, a gymnasium and a teen center. Construction for the new facility is currently under way southwest of the Bill Janklow Community Center and on schedule to open mid-June 2014.

The Boys & Girls Club of Moody County not only provides necessary after-school care for youth, but focuses on three priority outcomes: academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. Impact-driven programs are run every day for youth to help each child grow in those three areas.

Programs like Clubs Against Tobacco, Kids Can Cook, and Power Hour—a mandatory homework time with tutoring and academic enrichment activities—help the youth of Moody County to realize their full potential.

“The club gives the kids a safe place to attend that is not only affordable to all but it teaches the children lifelong lessons that will help shape each child to be a better person and in turn grow up into a better community for all,” said Kari Burggraff.

Burggraff serves on the local advisory council for the club as well as the corporate board.

An average of 40 youth per day have a safe, educational and fun place to go every day after school and in the summer because of generous investors like the Ramsdell families and their companies.

To get involved with the club, visit www.greatfuturessd.org or call 605-692-3333.

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