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Edenton B&G Club raising $100K to help renovate Walker site

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The Boys & Girls Club of Edenton is raising funds to match a $100,000 grant from the 4 Others Foundation to help the nonprofit renovate the former D.F. Walker School building.

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By Nicole Bowman-Layton
Chowan Herald

Friday, January 11, 2019

EDENTON — The Boys and Girls Club of Edenton is raising funds to match a $100,000 grant from the 4 Others Foundation to help the nonprofit renovate the former D.F. Walker school building.

The foundation, run by the family of Edenton native Dr. John Phillips, gave the same type of grant to the Edenton Chowan Food Pantry last year.

In 2016, Edenton Mayor Roland Vaughan, out of the blue, got a phone call from his childhood friend, Dr. John Phillips. During the conversation, Phillips shared with Vaughan that he wanted an opportunity to give back to Edenton, the community where they both grew up. He asked Vaughan to consider the idea and call him back with some ideas.

When Vaughan called back, he offered several suggestions. One was help for the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry, which received a $100,000 matching Phillips grant in 2017. Another suggestion was the Boys & Girls Club, which currently serves 85 Chowan County children and has an extensive waiting list.

The total of $200,000 will go to the Boys and Girls Club’s capital campaign. So far, the nonprofit has raised $51,775. The Boys and Girls Club hopes to match Phillips’ grant by the end of this month.

Vaughan, who also serves as the Boys & Girls Club board president, said the funds will help renovate the 2,500-square-foot space in the D.F. Walker building on North Oakum Street. Chowan County is taking on a $1.6 million loan to pay for exterior renovations to the building. The work includes repairing the roof and windows and asbestos abatement, Vaughan said.

The Boys & Girls Club will then repay the county’s loan through $110,000-a-year rent payments.

“The (Chowan Board of Commissioners) has been very generous to us,” Vaughan said. “We are close to our fundraising goal. We look forward to starting renovations as soon as the county completes its work.”

The Boys & Girls Club hopes to move into the D.F. Walker building in the fall. Vaughan said added funds will help restore the historic building.

“It saves a building that is so historically significant to a large segment of our community,” he said. “A lot of our African-American residents are graduates of D.F. Walker. They have been looking for ways to save it for years. Luckily, our needs will help facilitate the saving of the building.”

Vaughan the foundation’s match is designed to create greater participation among the general public, as pledges don’t count toward the match.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Boys & Girls Club to match the 4 Other Foundation grant, can do so by mailing a check to the Boys and Girls Club to 131 Morristown Road, Edenton, NC 27932.

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