An investigation into the cause of the fire at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club’s administrative building at 511 Grant St. is still ongoing, but the damage is done.
The blaze left almost the entirety of the 3,000-square-foot building destroyed, taking with it program supplies, equipment, furniture and files, including historical information and photographs of the Club’s 73 years in the community.
“We’re still not sure what all was lost,” says Elizabeth Biggerstaff, annual fund and public relations manager at the Boys and Girls Club. “It seems every day we realize something else was in the building that’s now gone.”
No one was injured in the fire, but it’s left the Club scalded at a crucial time in its development, since the need for the organization is growing and they are trying to expand in size to serve more youth.
Elizabeth hopes that the community will lend support in any way that they can. If you’d like to lend a hand or have any questions, call Elizabeth at 919-688-7315, ext. 22.
Another way to help is to attend the John Avery Boys and Girls Club Olympic Gala in honor of Dr. LeRoy Walker at Bay 7 on November 18 at 6pm. The gala includes dinner with a silent auction and award ceremony, with all proceeds benefitting the Club.
“This is a great way the community can help us to replace items that were lost and continue serving the underprivileged youth in Durham,” Elizabeth says. Call or email Elizabeth for more information.