HARIBO of America Supports Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha With COVID Relief Funds
Kenosha, WI – December 7, 2020 – This year, Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha has had to cancel and adjust several fundraising events and cancel multiple sports leagues. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of financial strain on the Club. Thanks to a $100,000 donation from HARIBO of America, the Club now has the means to continue serving the kids who need us the most during this trying year and beyond.
With KUSD’s transition to virtual learning, the Club is now running a free virtual learning support site, a program made possible thanks in large part to HARIBO of America. Funds will be used to support extra staff time, healthy snacks, enhanced Wi-Fi needed for learning and for other program related costs. The program began on November 30th and will tentatively run through January 8th. The program was completely full in just three days with members who had been attending the Club after school in the fall.
HARIBO of America’s CFO, Wes Saber, has been on the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha’s Board of Directors since 2019. When Saber first toured the Club in 2018, he saw the dire need for additional programming space. About six months later in January of 2019, the new “Tween Center” opened thanks to HARIBO. The company also helped support the new outdoor playground earlier this year.
“It’s deeply important to us to give back to our local communities, and the Boys & Girls Club does so much to help children and young adults in need,” said Wes Saber, Chief Financial Officer, HARIBO of America. “We believe every child deserves a safe place to learn and play, so it’s an honor to partner with the Club and to serve on the Board to bring new projects and spaces to life that bring smiles to the faces of Club members.”
“Since becoming introduced to the team at HARIBO of America, the Club has been able to complete some really fun projects benefitting our members,” said BGCK’s Interim CEO, Kathy Holland. “We are so lucky to not only have Wes on our board, but to have such a dedicated and compassionate company come to town and become a permanent part of this community. And I know our members always look forward to gummy bear treats!”
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.
HARIBO is the world’s leading manufacturer of gummi products, most famous for its beloved Goldbears. Globally, the business employs nearly 7,000 Associates and operates 16 production sites in 10 countries. A family-owned business with a century long heritage, the company’s founder, Hans Riegel, built HARIBO on a foundation of quality and delivering moments of childlike happiness through its products. Established in 1920, HARIBO is the acronym that comprises the founder’s name and the city in which the company was born (Bonn, Germany): HAns RIegel BOnn. The company prides itself on making playful gummies that are meant be shared so our inner-child can always experience joy through sweet treats. HARIBO global headquarters is in Grafschaft, Germany and its U.S. headquarters operates out of Rosemont, Ill. For more information, visit www.haribo.com.