Anonymous Donations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area received two new bikes from an
anonymous donor. We were able to make two sisters, Katrina and Florence,
very happy. Tis the season of giving!

November Youth of the Month

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Our November Youth of the Month are Evan McFarling, graduates 2023 and wants to be a firefighter and Aly Hutchinson, graduates 2025 and wants to be a teacher! Thank for being GREAT!

Save the Date! Tuesday Dec 2nd is #GivingTuesday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s the start of the holiday season, a time when you’re making shopping lists and planning Christmas gatherings. While you’re running around shopping for loved ones, why not give a gift to those who are in real need of your help, and not just during the holidays. That's what #GivingTuesday is for - a national day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday December 2nd, we encourage you to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area. Your gift will help open the door to a great future for a local child. No investment is too little to ensure the future of our children.


September Youth of the Month

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Youth of the Month for September are Bethany Rogers and Wyatt Nickelson. Congrats to both kids!!!

Breaking Records

Friday, October 10, 2014

Our Boys & Girls Club hit an all time daily high of 150 members at the Club yesterday. BGCCA provides a safe, fun place for kids after school. Our primary focus is making sure members get promoted to their next grade in school so they can graduate on time with a plan for their future.

Congratulations to our Club Director, Becky Spoehr and all our Club staff.

Mansour Karim Issues Donation Challenge

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mansour Karim, a long-time Pierre resident, is challenging community members to donate $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. If community members raise $50,000 by December 31, 2014, Karim has pledged to match their gifts. Karim’s most recent pledge is in addition to the $25,000 he gave in August of 2014 in response to a challenge issued by another donor.

If Karim’s challenge is met, the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area will add $100,000 to the $50,000 given in August for a total of $150,000 of endowed funds in 2014. The South Dakota Community Foundation will manage and invest the principal of all the endowed assets. The earnings will be available annually to the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area, which provides kids with a safe, supportive place to go after school.

“Mr. Karim is setting an example for others. He believes there are many people who care about the future of our children and will be happy to contribute by matching part or all of his challenge,” says Dennis Pfrimmer, president and CEO of Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc., which oversees the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.

People willing to accept Karim’s challenge can donate online at or by calling  1.800.888.1842 for more information. 

“The joy of giving is contagious, and Mansour Karim understands that challenge gifts are a powerful tool to encourage a community to gather around a common goal,” says Stephanie Judson, president of the South Dakota Community Foundation. “The donations to the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area will help ensure that young people in the community reach their full potential for years to come.”

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October's Mega Raffle Winner

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The winner of the October Great Futures Mega Raffle is Ann Schwartz. Congratulations, Ann! Thank you to Bridget M Photography and American State Bank for donating $500 in photo sessions and prints.

Peggy Laurenz and Glennis Zarecky were the other two finalists. 

Enter the Mega Raffle for your chance to win in November or December!

Extended Service Hours: 2014-2015 Pricing Info

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Extended Service Hours

Registration is required for the following extended service hours:
  • Early Dismissal from School Days 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Club is open 12:30 p.m.  to 7 p.m.): $8 FEE per day per member $70 TOTAL if paid before Sept. 22, 2014 ($10 Savings)
  • No School/Vacation Days 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Club is open 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.): $12 FEE per day per member $74 TOTAL if paid before September 22, 2014 ($10 Savings)
  • Holiday Break (Dec 26, 29-31, Jan 2*):  $12 FEE per day per member $55 TOTAL if paid for the Holiday Break by Dec 15, 2014 ($5 Savings)

    *In addition, there will be signup sheets to preregister for December 24 and April 3 to determine if BGCCA will be open or closed (minimum 50members required to be open).
NO CREDITS AND NO REFUNDS for non-attendance.
Application for Reduced Fees is based on income available for No School/Vacation Days.

Upcoming Field Trips

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Field Trips to Discovery Center:
  • October 29 (Halloween theme) 1-4pm
  • January 28 (Elks Aero space day)1-4pm
  • February 25, March 25 and April 29 (Earth Day activities)1-4pm
Discovery Center at BGCCA:
  • September 3rd (teens/4-5pm)
  • September 8th & 9th (K-1st/4-5pm)
  • September 22nd & 23rd (2nd-3rd/ 4-5pm)
  • September 25th & 26th (4th-5th/ 4-5pm)

Mansour Karim donates $25,000 to BGCCA

Friday, August 15, 2014
Jafar Karim had a fourth-grade education and his wife, Zahra, had none at all, but they knew better than any textbook could teach them that investing in the next generation brings big returns.

Zahra sold one of her rings to help pay the way for their son, Mansour, to travel from Iran to America to become an engineer.

Stephanie, Mansour and Becky

His American tale began when he arrived in November 1950 with $27 in his pocket – five $5 bills and two more $1 bills – the seed money to start him on the path to studying at South Dakota State University and eventually becoming an engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation in Pierre – and, in time, one of the region’s most generous donors.

In 2011, when the Pierre Area Charitable Organization honored Karim as Pierre’s Philanthropist of the Year, he had already given away nearly $1.5 million, and his charitable work has continued since then.

Paying it forward
Mansour Karim long ago paid back his parents.

Stephanie, Mansour and Becky

But Thursday he paid it forward, celebrating his 86th birthday by partnering with the South Dakota Community Foundation to establish the Jafar & Zahra Karim Endowment Fund to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.

Stephanie Judson, president of the South Dakota Community Foundation, said a couple from Wisconsin who wish to remain anonymous had already donated $25,000 in the form of a challenge grant to help the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. The grant challenged others to put up funds to equal that grant.

Judson said when Karim learned that the challenge grant had been made, he put up the matching funds by himself.

Judson and Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Director Becky Spoehr said the endowment will generate proceeds that will go to help the Boys & Girls Club each year, in perpetuity. And other donors will be able to add to the endowment as time goes on.

Karim, a long-time supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area, has great-grandchildren who have attended there.

Community of possibilities
Some of the seven children of Mansour Karim and his late wife, Ruth, were on hand Thursday as the endowment was announced at the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.

One of them, Jafar Karim of Rapid City – named for his grandfather – said his father’s love for Pierre and South Dakota makes it easy to understand why Mansour Karim is so willing to give to good organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club.

 “It’s not surprising in light of what this country and this community have made possible for him,” Jafar Karim said. “This community has made it possible for him to be successful in a way that never would have been possible where he grew up in Tehran, Iran.”

Judson said Karim is a great example for young people in the Boys & Girls Club.

“He believed in the American dream and he worked to make it become his reality,” she said.

With a small crowd gathered at the Boys & Girls Club to celebrate Karim’s birthday and hear the announcement about the endowment, Mansour Karim addressed the group briefly, saying the point was to honor his mother and father.

“I love you all. God bless us all. God bless the United States of America,” he said.

This article was written by By Lance Nixon of the Capital Journal
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