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Posted: 09/18/13

2013 walk, run to benefit
local Boys and Girls Club

Observer Staff Writer

      A stroll through a northern Macomb County orchard will help ensure that local children will stay on the right track toward a successful future.
       The 2013 Walk and Run for the Future will benefit the Boys and Girls Club Stanley Ian Babinski Unit on Sept. 21 at Westview Orchards on Van Dyke and 30 Mile Road.
       Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the run start time at 8:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m.
       Stan Babinski, who helped start the local club, said the fundraiser is critical for the continued operation of the club, bringing in nearly half the money needed for the $100,000 to $140,000 a year required to run a club.
       "We want to make sure we have a safe place for kids to go after school," he said.
       This year, the club is aiming to raise $45,000 with the event, $15,000 above last year's goal. Babinski said they have raised about 35 percent of the goal as of Sept. 11.
       This year's event, in addition to its new location at Westview Orchards, includes a 5K run. The event will also include refreshments and activities following the run and walk. As a bonus, anyone who participates in the event will gain access to the attractions at Westview Orchards.
       All proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club's programming and operations. The club offers activities for local students ages 6-18 centered around character and leadership development; health and life skills; arts programs; sports, fitness and recreation; and education and career programs.
       Jason Crute, director for the Washington Township Boys and Girls Club, said the annual membership fee is $25 per child. Crute said the actual cost of a child in the club is $500 a year when including materials and other factors.
       "We pay for the supplies they use, whether it's pencils, books or laptops," he said. "We don't charge for anything, so that has to come from somewhere."
       Additionally, he said $25 per child may seem cheap, but when considering families may have three or four children enrolled it can become pricey. The fundraiser helps in this regard by offering scholarships.
       "We're a donor-based program and funding like that can go to help members who can't afford a membership," Crute said.
       Crute said membership has increased to more than 260 kids since it opened in 2011. He said about 30 kids participate on a daily basis in the fall, while 50 to 60 kids a day utilize the club in the summer.
       "With more kids showing up, they tell someone, and they tell someone, and hopefully it's starting to snowball," he said. "Hopefully one day we can be a fixture in the community."
       Major sponsors for the run include the Romeo Ford Engine Plant & UAW, Westview Orchards, TRW, Meijer, Serra GMC/Cadillac/Kia, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lisa's All Breed Dog & Cat Grooming, Washington Lions Club and Ronnisch Construction. Babinski said the event coordinators are still seeking sponsors and other donors.
       The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Macomb County is housed in the Stoney Creek Community Church at 26 Mile Road. The club is named the Stanley Ian Babinski unit in honor of Babinski's son, who died from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
       Registration is $25 per person and can be done in advance or the day of the event. Visit and to register for the race and receive a shirt.
       For more information, visit or call Babinski at (586) 745-0479.

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