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Coronavirus in NJ: Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County to offer online programs and daily meals

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent suspension of programming, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) will begin offering virtual enrichment for its members, the Club announced.

“BGCM Boundless” will incorporate videos, challenges and activities that allow Club members to keep in touch with their leaders and friends while still maintaining social distancing

“We are developing virtual programming options so that we can engage our kids remotely, continuing their enrichment programming and offering them the support and guidance that they count on from our caring staff, ” Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County Douglas Eagles said.

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The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is providing the Zoom conferencing technology for BGCM to utilize for mentorship and social/emotional learning programming.

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The Club has been providing daily meals for members and their families to take home. Pick up is available outside of the Asbury Park and Red Bank locations. The food is provided through a partnership with Fulfill and JR’s Restaurant and Lounge.

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Last week, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County announced that it will be postponing its biggest fundraiser of the year, A Most Unusual Evening (MUE), in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The event was originally scheduled for March 28 at the Asbury Lanes.

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“We know this is a great disappointment to all of you, as MUE has come to be known as Asbury Park's party of the year," said resource development associate Christine Scoras in a letter to supporters. 

"However, we are very pleased to inform you that the event will go on in the fall, so save the date for September 26th! Same amazing venue, same fantastic music, same unusual entertainment.”

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Contributing: APP reporters Erik Larsen and Josh Chung

Jai-Leen James is a digital producer at the Asbury Park Press. She can be reached at jtjames@gannett.com or on Twitter @j_james17.

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