Corvallis Boys & Girls Club Groundbreaking

A crowd of more than 150 people packed the Gerding Builders Gym at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis on Tuesday for a festive and emotional celebration of the club’s expansion.

“What an incredible day this is for our town and our community,” said club CEO Helen Higgins. “I’m at a loss for words. This is a dream for teens and families that I have had in my mind since took the job 11 years ago.”

The $6 million expansion will add 20,000 square feet of space for the club’s teen program, with the Dr. Ken and Dot Johnson Center for Youth Excellence allowing the club to double the number of teens it serves, from 150 to 300.