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XTO Energy Donates $10,500 To Local Boys & Girls Club


The Boys & Girls of Richland County has received a $10,500 donation from XTO Energy.

In the second year of the re-invigorated Boys & Girls Club summer programs, club staff gears up for the four camps being offered. Because summer doesn't halt work, these camps are a big hit with kids, parents and donors. Boys & Girls Club of Richland County provides a safe and positive place for youth to build Great Futures.

"The summer camps are no exception, says Michele Seadeek, development director. "2015 was our first year of the revived summer program and we started with 10 kids but had 36 kids by the end of that season."

This summer, the club is offering four summer camps for K-fifth grade that cover art, outdoor adventure, Olympics, and Hollywood and include several day trips around the county. Current total camp enrollment is more than 130 with kids from all over Richland County as well as several who are visiting from out of state.

"Our summer camps allow kids to explore their community and surrounding areas in ways that they may not otherwise," said Janelle Buxbaum, operations program manager. "I am excited that we are able to provide such a great experience to the community youth. Unfortunately, we are so limited by the size of our facility that we have to restrict the size and scale of our programs offered. I look forward to moving into our new clubhouse where we can provide these and more opportunities on a larger scale, servicing more youth."

For those families facing financial hardships, the club created the Back-A-Kid Fund. Donors can help a child attend the Club who may not have the means otherwise.

XTO is one of the great supporters of this community that feels that Boys & Girls Club summer camps are essential to our youth. The donation allows 15 kids to attend the Art camp, 15 for Adventure camp, and 10 for the Olympic camp.

"Without gracious donations, like XTO's, Boys & Girls Club of Richland County could not provide such great opportunities to Richland County youth and we thank them for understanding this need," Elaine Stedman, CEO, said.

If you wish to learn more or Back–A-Kid to the club, please call 406-433-6763 or visit


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