ConocoPhillips Donation Supports New Boys & Girls Club Facility
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – ConocoPhillips recently made a $250,000 donation to help construct a new facility for the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Bartlesville.
The new facility will be built on the site of the existing one and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018. It will be named in honor of former Phillips Petroleum Company Chairman and CEO C.J. “Pete” Silas, who was a BGC member growing up and went on to assume the chairmanship of the national organization.
“We are proud to make this donation,” said Mark Headley, manager of ConocoPhillips’ Real Estate & Facilities Services organization. “The Boys & Girls Club does great work for our community, and we feel this gift will help ensure they continue to do so well into the future.”
Located near the intersection of Seminole Ave. and 5th Street on the west side of Bartlesville, the C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club will feature a wide array of facilities to serve the community’s youth, including a gymnasium, a café, a learning center, classrooms, a game room, a preteen center, teen rooms, meeting rooms, a dance studio and a music studio. The grounds will feature a baseball diamond, a basketball court and parking as well.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility took place on Sept. 18, 2016, and initial work on the project has commenced.
“We certainly appreciate the generous donation made to the Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville,” said Jason Barta, who is the organization’s CEO. “The new facility will be a great asset as we continue to look for new ways to serve the youth of this outstanding community.”
The Bartlesville chapter was the first Boys & Girls Club in Oklahoma and has been making a positive impact on the lives of local youth for more than 60 years. The BGC offers programs which support its three stated Priority Outcomes: “Academic Success,” “Good Character & Citizenship” and “Healthy Lifestyles.”
A member agency of the Bartlesville Regional United Way, the BGC has seen its total annual membership and average daily attendance grow in recent years. Today, it serves an estimated 1,000 children per year and has a daily attendance average of roughly 200.
“As a board member, I have enjoyed a first-hand view of the good works which the Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville does for our community,” says Bob Heinrich, general manager of ConocoPhillips’ Financial Services organization. “They deserve a first-class facility, and I’m glad ConocoPhillips is helping to make that dream a reality.”
ConocoPhillips’ Mark Headley (pictured far left) and Bob Heinrich (far right) present a $250,000 check from the company to Jason Barta and Annah Fischer of the Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville to assist with the construction of a new facility for the non-profit organization.