Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
Suzanne Aral-Boutros has joined the board of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, a cornerstone of the Glen Cove community serving and providing a safe haven for neighborhood children for almost 110 years. Aral-Boutros is one of 28 board members leading by example for the club’s 700 members, including January Youths of the Month, Katie Juarez, 8 and Michael McGuire, 13.
Katie Juarez is a second-grader at Gribbin Elementary School who aspires to become a professional swimmer and compete in the Olympics for a gold medal. Katie has been a member of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club for one year and enjoys cooking, playing basketball and billiards. Though Katie has been a member for a relatively short time, Katie finds solace in the club saying, “The club is a safe place where I can play basketball and pool with friends and also be able to get help with my homework.” Katie was recognized as Junior Youth of Month because of her outstanding conduct during the month of January.
Michael McGuire, a teen member and an eighth-grader at Finley Middle School, was recognized as Senior Youth of the Month for the month of January. Michael has a deep appreciation for buildings and skyscrapers. Michael plans on becoming an architect and looks forward to adding his own signature structural designs to the New York City landscape. Michael has been a member of the club for a year and a half and likes to play soccer, basketball and ping pong. When asked what the club means to him, Michael replied, “I’m able to get all my homework done at the club and I love playing all the different sports they offer in the gym.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this exemplary board and it is even more rewarding for me when you see kids like Katie and Michael and hear about their goals and aspirations. This is what this club is all about, providing kids with a safe haven where they can dare to dream and be given the tools and confidence to turn dreams into a reality,” said Aral-Boutros.