WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Jennifer Ousley began working at the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club when she was a student at Purdue University. But when she moved to White County, a Boys and Girls Club was nowhere to be found.
"When I moved to Monticello, I knew with this type of community, it would thrive in our community," said Ousley.
Ousley joined a group that was already pushing for a local club. The planning began more than a year ago, and a completion deadline was set for October 1, 2013.
When that day came, Ousley said the doors remained closed.
"We've been working on all the logistics of the club, but we're waiting on our funding, which is a lot of people's problems when they start up new organizations," said Ousley.
Ousley said they need to raise about $35,000 to run the program for the next year. The Twin Lakes School Corporation has allowed the club to use Meadowlawn Elementary School, but she said funds are needed to support the need.
"We're anticipating over 200 kids on a daily basis to come to our organization," said Ousley.
Ousley said they've applied for some grants, and have held several fundraising events. Another fundraising event is scheduled to take place this Friday before the Twin Lakes Football game.
"We're going to have a bouncy house, we're going to have a magician, we're going to have a DJ. It's just going to be a fun party out in front of the Meadowlawn School," said Ousley.
The new opening date is now set for January 6, 2014. That's a day Ousley said she's been waiting for.
"I think it's going to be bigger than anyone can imagine," said Ousley.
The club will be open to any child in White County, grades K-12. If you can't make it out to the fundraiser this Friday, but would like to donate to the club, click here.
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