of hope were shining brightly on the future $8.5
million Bayshore Community Center this morning
as State Senator Jackie Speier and Assemblymember
Kevin Shelley presented $750,000 and $500,000
checks, respectively, to the Boys and Girls Club
Board of Directors.
More than 50 people gathered on the grassy hill
site at Bayshore Heights Park to view architectural
renderings of the proposed community center project.
Board President Michael Callagy and Mayor Sal
Torres welcomed the attendees and spoke of the
long collaboration which has moved the project
closer to reality.
The City of Daly City has provided $2 million
of seed money toward the three-story, multi-use
facility, as well as the land. The Mid-Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club plans to operate the Youth
The 31,700 square-foot structure will house a
public library, fitness center, gymnasium, youth
recreational facilities, and meeting rooms. It
will have the capacity to serve 500 to 750 people
"We are here because we believe in our kids. In
the end, when we look back at our accomplishments,
we are often measured by what we do for our children.
The State of California is proud to be part of
this commitment, and I'm thrilled to be able to
bring home some of your tax dollars, which will
help build this dream community center," announced
State Senator Speier, a former board director
of the National Boys and Girls Club.
"This state-of-the-art facility is going into
a community that needs it the absolute most. This
center will be the envy of many neighborhoods,"
noted Assembly Majority Leader Shelley. "It is
a project that will produce clear and direct benefits
Most of the speakers also referred to the special
benefits for the youth, acknowl-edging the presence
of about 20 children from the Mid-Peninsula Boys
and Girls Club. The planned Bayshore Community
Center, under the direction of the Mid-Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club, will provide expanded after-school
educational and recreational programs for local
"Unstructured time spent by youngsters can easily
turn into destructive time," said Mid-Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dan Dadoun.
"Simple boredom can turn to unwanted activities.
Reports show that more crimes by kids occur between
three and six o'clock in the afternoon than at
any other time of the day. We want to be pro-active,
and provide the children other options by increasing
their choices for after-school activities," he
Earlier this year, the City of Daly City conducted
a design competition to combine the community's
input with professional creative vision for the
proposed project. Of the three finalists, EKONA
Architecture & Planning of San Francisco was selected
as the winner by a 12-member Selection Committee,
which included neighborhood advocates, Mid-Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club representatives and city staff.
"The project is truly unique and a challenge because
the need for this center and the creative vision
for the building precede the funding. We are just
starting to raise the capital needed, and are
determined to do so in two years," commented Mayor
"We've gone from zero dollars to $3.25 million
in record time. We're about $5 million short of
our fundraising goal, but we're off to an incredible
start," the mayor told the enthusiastic crowd.
"Together, we will raise the balance before the
Funding for the $8.5 million Bayshore Community
Center is dependent upon a variety of potential
sources, including public and private grants as
well as other fundraising activities. For more
information on the project, contact Dan Dadoun,
Executive Director of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and
Girls Club at (650) 347-9891, or email: email@example.com