Boyd Community Center in O'Hara fundraiser set for Saturday

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 2:42 p.m.

Bridging the past and future seems a perfect theme for this year's Boyd Community Center fundraiser.

While organizers plan to break ground on a new $7.25 million community center, they fondly look back on how the 31-year-old facility has grown to become a Lower Valley treasure.

“We offer such diverse programming,” said Executive Director Stephanie Flom. “There are things happening here all the time for everyone.”

The “Celebrate the Center” fundraiser will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the site along Powers Run Road.

Tickets cost $50 per person and include light fare, beer and wine.

Event Co-chair Kirsten Powell hopes the festivities show people why a new center is so vital to the area.

“These are exciting times at Boyd,” she said. “Boyd continues to provide excellent programming and reaches all areas of our community. We are very fortunate to have this resource and there is most certainly a lot to celebrate.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit operating expenses. More than $40,000 was netted last year.

“Celebrate the Center” festivities will showcase all that Boyd offers at the same time seeking donations for the $2 million capital campaign balance.

O'Hara Council this month offered a matching grant proposal where it would use tax dollars to match up to $1 million in private donations and hopefully see the construction complete by 2015.

Opened in 1982, the center is housed in a former elementary school that has outlived its usefulness, Flom said. The roof is leaky, air conditioning is limited and the classroom space is cramped.

Still, programming continues to grow. There are more than 300 courses from Tai Chi and tennis to tumbling and technology for beginners.

Enrollment is in the thousands.

Party-goers will be hosted in the gymnasium, a multi-purpose room used for soccer, basketball and large group gatherings. For this week, the non-descript space will be transformed into a lounge filled with Boyd memorabilia as well as renderings of the new facility, scheduled to be built on the same 11-acre site.

Flom said the 30,000 square-foot complex will be built to suit the needs of the community and will include a gymnasium with a track, café, art studio, dance space, fitness center, banquet hall and café. A dedicated performance space is expected for Stage Right, the local theater group.

For tickets, call 412-828-8566 or visit

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or

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