The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas (BGCTX) aimed at the green during a golf tournament Friday afternoon.

The event was a fundraiser for the organization which is set to open its doors in Taylor next week. This was the first local fundraiser for BGCTX.

"All the money that is generated from the event will go directly into operations," said Daniel Anstee, BGCTX area director.

The four-person scramble tournament was played at Mustang Creek in Taylor and was open to the community.

BGCTX is expected to open Aug. 15, the same day school starts in Taylor. Anstee said an official open house will be held after the school year has started.

"We will jump straight into programming," Anstee said. "We've already hired our staff, and it's a good staff."

He said some of the staff members came from Duck University and already have experience working with students.

Anstee said BGCTX has close to 150 members signed up so far.

"The main goal for the first couple of days of school is to get the kids acclimatized to the facility and get them use to the groupings they're in."

He said as a new program in Taylor, BGCTX wants students to become familiar with the program and what it is about.

In February, the Taylor ISD board of trustees unanimously agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BGCTX, which designated the Northside Elementary Campus on Dellinger Road as the new home for Boys and Girls Club of East Williamson County.

The club will operate Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. During the summer, the Club will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Local children ages 5 to 18 years old will have the opportunity to engage in fun and productive activities every day at the Club. Healthy snacks and warm meals are also provided on a daily basis. Dedicated and trained staff will provide a consistent positive environment while providing nationally tested enrichment programs that cover a wide range of interests. Club programming is centered on three priority outcomes including academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and leadership.

The fee is $25 per member and $50 max per family. Children must be enrolled in kindergarten to be eligible and must provide a copy of their birth certificate.

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