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Nonprofit receives donation from baseball teams
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Posted: 2012 Nov 30 - 07:00

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The N.Y. Mets/St. Lucie Mets donated $5,000 to the Chuck Hill Unit of the Boys & Girls Club in Port St. Lucie to help save the club and keep kids in a safe environment.

In a time when hundreds of children and teens in the county are not receiving the guidance they need to graduate from high school, avoid the effects of violence, gangs and drugs or become responsible adults, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is there to help children and young adults.

In September, the Boys & Girls Club announced the Chuck Hill Unit was in danger of closing its doors if $150,000 wasn't raised by the end of the year to help fund the club.

It costs the organization $1,000 per child to have them as members after school per year. Costs are kept as low as $10 per year for members, as many are in the free or reduced lunch program.

The N.Y. Mets/St. Lucie Mets donated $5,000 to sponsor club members to attend the Chuck Hill Unit and participate in their effective youth development programs.

"The Mets are a big part of the community and see the importance of helping the youth in the county," said Paul Taglieri, director of Florida operations for the Mets.

"After touring the clubhouse, it only takes a moment to see how these programs enhance the lives of all the children attending and help them reach their full potential."

The Chuck Hill Unit opened its doors one year ago in a response to a neighborhood in need of a youth development program and currently serves 150 members.

To tour a Boys & Girls Club, please call (772)460-9918.

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