A Louisville Boys & Girls Club has been enhancing its facility lately with a few much-needed improvements. The Newburg Club, part of the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana (BGCK), was named the beneficiary of a $25,000 grant from the Messer Construction Co. Foundation, and it hasn’t wasted much time getting to work. The Club has used the funding for several capital improvements around the building, aiming to provide a safe and hospitable environment for its members.

Among the improvements are new flooring throughout the facility (not including the gymnasium), internal and external security cameras, partitions in the restrooms, a new grease trap for the kitchen and new door hardware and locks.

Jennifer Hegelson, BGCK’s president and CEO, added her appreciation for the grant.

“BGCK greatly appreciates the Messer Construction Co. Foundation’s generous support,” she said. “This grant will make a substantial impact on our Newburg Club and the youth we serve there each and every day.”

On hand in October for the check presentation was Messer vice president John Megibben, who, along with other Messer Employees in attendance, got to interact with the members and staff who are directly affected by the funding.

“The first thing that was apparent upon walking into the Newburg Club was the tremendous job the staff there is doing,” Megibben said. “The kids were all having fun, they were productive, they were active, they were all smiling. The BGCK and Newburg Club staff clearly have a great deal of pride in each and every one of those kids.

“We at Messer are very proud to have those types of people in our community, and we certainly are happy that we could assist them with the grant so that they can attend to some of their needs.”

Also on hand was Messer project executive Will Fishback, who is actively involved with BGCK and was Messer’s sponsor for the grant.

“We were all very impressed with the kids and staff there,” Fishback said. “It was great to help serve the kids dinner and play games with them, and it’s nice knowing that some of these improvements will enhance their experience and help keep them safe.”

The Newburg Club serves 100-120 youth per day, all between the ages of six and 18. It is one of five BGCK locations throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana. Each club is open every day after school, during school breaks and during the summer. Club members are asked to pay a minimal membership fee of $15, but the fee is waived for any member unable to pay.