(PRWEB) October 07, 2016
The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, a fixture on Chicago’s northwest side for more than 85 years will be honoring a number of their alumni and supporters at a banquet on October 22, 2016. The event is billed as the 85th Anniversary and Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. One of the inductees is our managing partner, James J. Morici, Jr.
Jim has been a longtime supporter of the NBGC and its programs and served as the organization’s Chairman of the Board of Directors in the 1990s. He was instrumental in fundraising for the organization and helped it transform itself into corporate giving after having been long sponsored by a local business that ceased its support when it relocated. Among other things, the Board under Jim’s leadership established the position of Director of Development and began a campaign of writing grant applications to charitable organizations and foundations.
During Jim’s tenure, the club also recognized its growing girls program and formally changed its name from the historic “Neighborhood Boys Club” which had existed since its founding in 1931, to the “Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club.” In addition to his work on the Board, Jim was also instrumental in growing the scholarship program that benefits the youth volunteers who contribute to administering the program. The program provides sports activities, after school care and weekend recreation to over 900 boys and girls from ages 5 through 16. One of its alums, Jim Morici, played with the Locusts and later the Cougars, during the 1960s and 1970s.
When asked about his experiences at the NBGC, Jim stated “I really love the program they provided when I was a kid and continued my involvement with the organization as a way of giving back to my community.” Jim also stated that “I appreciated some scholarships that I got during law school and so contributing to the NBGC Scholarship Program was an easy thing for me to do.” When asked what he thought was one of the most important attributes of the program, Jim stated “I think having the neighborhood centered teams really did a lot to contribute to the social fabric among the kids and parents of the neighborhood.” He also said, “The program is completely free and that was a real attribute during my earlier years when lots of folks in my neighborhood really needed that assistance. I really enjoy contributing to such a fine organization and to be recognized by them and inducted into their Hall of Fame is very humbling and gratifying.”