News & Events

Aug 08 at 4:11pm -

We Are Officially Opening a New Site in Wakefield!




On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, the Club signed a lease with the Americal Civic Center. We are looking forward to offering high quality programming for children and adolescents in the community at this new location, starting this Fall. Check back through this month for more updates.



Unit Director Hired for Wakefield Club!




We are very happy to announce that Gene Dion

has been named the new Unit Director for the Wakefield Club.Gene is the former Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley. While at this Club Gene developed and implemented several National Award winning program in mentoring, anti-bullying, and the performing arts.


The Open Parks Program Has Arrived in Wakefield!




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9th Annual Bowl-a-thon

Join us:  Sunday, May 19th, 2013  10:00am – 1:00pm


Teams encouraged! Gather friends, family & coworkers to join in the fun. Teams are limited up to 4 people playing during each game. Teams receive two strings of bowling each. There is no limit for supporters and spectators!


Register your team or yourselfby Friday, May 10, 2013.  Visit our Club's event page: and click on the Join Now button in the top-right area.  You can also register by email at (include your team/captain name, your name, address, phone, and age).  You can also register in person at the Stoneham Club: 15 Dale Court, Stoneham, MA 02180 or at the Wakefield Bowladrome: 92 Water Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.


Collect pledges to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield. A minimum of $25.00 per player or $100.00 per team is encouraged. The bowler who raises the most money wins Red Sox tickets!


Make it interesting by initiating a challenge to another team or group! Compete to see which group can form the most teams, score the most points, raise the most money or all of the above. Game on for a great cause!


Create a fun team name, design your own shirts, or

show your team spirit in fun and creative ways.



Outdoor Festival of Trees

at the Wakefield Holiday Stroll

For the first time, this year's Holiday Stroll will feature a Festival of Trees! It will be held in the Lincoln Street parking lot, in Wakefield. The Events Planning Committee will provide the tree stands and an electrical source. All you have to do is supply a decorated tree!

We will accept trees from charities, businesses, teams of any kind! Trees can come from families, friends, neighborhoods, clubs, churches, and civic groups.

There is no entry fee. Tree decorating will begin at 1 P.M. and end by 3 P.M. At the event, raffle tickets will be sold and people will put their tickets in a box next to their favorite tree, in an attempt to win that tree! Proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham Wakefield Club.

This is an opportunity to have fun, get in the holiday spirit and help open the doors for our new Boys & Girls Club.


Meet Us at the Market!

Thanks to all of you who showed support for the establishment of a Boys & Girls Club in Wakefield as an extension of the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham by coming down to the Wakefield Farmers Market to learn more about what we are doing, how you can help, and our fundraising campaigns: Change is good., Wakefield Club Founding Members, 2012 Club, and Jeremiah Milbank Society. Many of you picked up a free Change is good. jar to throw your loose change into. It’s free, it’s easy, it’s for a good cause and you can win prizes in the process! If you have any glass jars that you don’t need and want to recycle, please rinse them out and bring them down to the manager's table or the Stoneham Club so that we can label them and put them to use as future Change is good. jars. Thanks to the best Farmers Market for hosting us this season!           

Click Here to Learn more About the Farmer's Club

Festival Italia, Che Bel Giorno!

Grazie, to the many people who stopped by our table on Albion Street during Festival Italia! Depending on when you stopped by you got the chance to chat with one of the Wakefield Club Committee members in attendance: George Getty, Bill Chetwynd, Bob Mailhoit, Colleen Getty, Wendy Dennis, or one of the miniature Getty girls. Alice, Clara and Madeline had a festive time while they enjoyed lemonade, cupcakes, popcorn, a trip to the bouncy house, a song from Carmen the accordion player, and the occasional impromptu balloon-sword fight. It was so much fun and a wonderful way to continue to spread the word about the efforts to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Wakefield. 

Change is good.

 Help Support our Change is good. campaign by picking up your free jar and registering it so that you can throw your loose change in it and then turn it in for a donation. Registered jars will periodically be entered into a drawing for prizes.  We will also keep you updated on our progress and where we’ll be next. 

The Savings Bank in Wakefield has offered to count your change and turn in the donation to us for free, so when your jar is full or even half-full you can bring it down to any Savings Bank branch for counting. 

We will be at the Wakefield Farmer’s Market on June 23rd, July 21st, and September 22nd.  So, be sure to visit us when you’re buying your fresh veggies and sampling some gelato!

 Great Time Had by All at the Comedy Event!

The Comedy Event, March 30, 2012, was a great night!  The evening took place in Peabody and was held as a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham's establishment of a Wakefield Club and also for the Ryan Gillespie Foundation.  There was a large turnout and generous support for both groups with over 500 people in attendance.  Thank you to all the generous donors that made the night and our silent auction a success!  Special thanks go to The Wakefield Savings Bank, The Leighton Family, The Metters Family, Senator Scott Brown, LongHorn Steakhouse, McGonagle School of Irish Dance, TS Target Sites, Claricode, College Guys Hauling Junk, Seafood Sam's, Sundae School, Kream 'n Kone, Ebb Tide Gift Shop, Yarmouth House Restaurant, & Harwich Junior Theatre.

To read a follow-up article and to see some photos from the event, please click here.

"Adam 12” Joins Us at the Dockside Restaurant to Support

the Effort to Establish a Boys & Girls Club in Wakefield


  Wakefield's own "Adam 12" (center) stopped into the Dockside Restaurant following his afternoon show on 101.7 WFNX Monday night to purchase his ticket for the March 30th Comedy Event and to have some food and drink to show his support for the establishment of a Boys & Girls Club in Wakefield. Wakefield Club Committee members Bill Chetwynd (left) and George Getty (right) were present to greet Adam and the other patrons who came out to dine at the Dockside where 10% of all purchases go toward the establishment of a Wakefield Club.  Thanks Adam!


Thank you to all who attended our Information Session!


On Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham welcomed all who wanted to learn more about what a Club is about.  While each individual Boys & Girls Club varies in its structure and some of its programming, the hope was that the evening would give visitors some insight into the overall mission of every Boys & Girls Club in America.  And that mission is: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 

Visitors went on tours of the Stoneham facility led by Club members, had an opportunity to ask the staff questions, and enjoyed a brief presentation.  Speakers included Gerry DeViller, Interim Director; Anthony Guardia, Wakefield Committee Member; Michael Gugliotti, 2-year Youth of the Year Finalist; and George Getty, BGCS Board Member & Wakefield Committee Chair.  It was a wonderful and informative event.

Thank you to Dunkin Donuts in Wakefield and Stoneham Stop & Shop for providing us with hot coffee and delicious cookies! 

A special thank you goes out to all those from the Wakefield community who attended, taking time out to learn more about such an invaluable resource during the busy holiday season.  We hope that you have a better understanding of what a Boys & Girls Club is and that you continue to help us spread the word about this initiative.

To read a follow-up article about the event, please click here.





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