$30,000 grant will support renovation to Dayton clubhouse

DAYTON, Nev. –
 Longtime supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation put $30,000 toward the youth organization’s Dayton clubhouse Friday.

The funds will go directly toward a commercial kitchen in the facility, which serves nearly 600 youth in the Dayton Valley. Free, hot and nutritious meals are served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley in Yerington, Dayton, Silver Springs and Hawthorne. However, breakfast and lunch in Dayton are currently prepped at and then transported from a nearby elementary school. Youth are provided a snack after school rather than a full meal. A kitchen on site would change both things, allowing the Club to serve up to 40,000 meals annually.

“From our emergency food deliveries during COVID to our upstart preschool program and now our Dayton kitchen, the Hawkins Foundation is always there for our kids and teens,” Travis Crowder, the Club’s CEO, said. “I’m proud to call them friends of the Club!”

Construction on the kitchen is set to begin this fall using existing space within the Club. The facility will include full amenities such as gas stoves and a range, a serving window, dishwashing station and more.

Other contributors include the E. L. Cord Foundation, Dayton RV Park, Western Skies RV and numerous local donors.

If you’d like to contribute to the project, simply visit bgcmasonvalley.org or call 775-463-2334.