The 21st Century Fund, a giving circle in Western New York, announced the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club as its grand prize winner at their voting event Thursday.
The grand prize of $100,000 will be used by the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club towards their 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project.
The project will transform the organization's 60-year-old clubhouse into a multi-use center that will serve more than 900 local children and families.
“We are thrilled to accept this $100,000 grant from the 21st Century Fund and are so grateful that through the generosity of the Fund members, we can offer expanded services and activities which will make a significant impact on the lives of our youth and strengthen our city and region,” said Rebecca Vincheski, Chief Professional Officer, Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club.
There were a total of 25 applicants for the award and the four finalists were: Aquarium of Niagara, Buffalo City Mission, Jericho Road Community Health Center and the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club.
The 21st Century Fund was established in 1919 to encourage long-term philanthropy in Western New York. Members pay a one-time fee and come together each year to vote and award a $100,000 grant to an organization for a project that will benefit the community.