The Boys and Girls Club of Laredo’s newest program, a music clubhouse called the BGC Music Studio, is off to a rousing start at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Clubs on Los Presidentes Avenue in south Laredo.

Boys and Girls Clubs board member Joe Arciniega, a longtime Laredo music and drama advocate, reported to Boys and Girls Club board members at a recent quarterly board meeting. Arciniega said, “The summer pilot program has been launched and the kids ages 6 to 12 are loving it. The children are learning to read and play basic music. It’s all tied to pop music.”

Hector Noyola, Boys and Girls Clubs executive director, noted the club received a $5,000 grant from the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club to launch the project directed by Laredoan Jose Villa, graduate of Berklee College of Music. Berklee is located in Boston. Villa was hired as a contract employee for the project.

“School districts are not providing this kind of program for this age group,” Noyola said.

The board, led by president John Villarreal, heard other committee reports.

The Benavides Club capital improvement update was presented by architect Robert Sepulveda and immediate past-president Russell Cerda. The project is due to start Aug. 1 with bathroom renovations.

The 37th annual fundraiser raffle is Aug. 16 at the Benavides Club Gym at 6 p.m. Tickets have been on sale since May. Tickets are $210 with 39 chances to win from $1,000 to $25,000 in gold. Andrew Carranco is the raffle chairman.

The 21st annual wine-tasting is Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Laredo Country Club with a Lucky Las Vegas theme. The event includes wine tasting, meal, live and silent auction. Janie Martinez and C.Y. Benavides III are co-chairs. Tickets are $250 per person with tables for 10 available for $2,500 and $5,000.

For information on all Boys and Girls Club activities call 723-1051 or 242-4975 or visit

Article Courtesy of: Laredo Morning Times

Thursday, July 26, 2018