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January 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County Foundation reports it is halfway toward a goal of raising $8.9 million in donations that will be used to construct a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center and fund an endowment to operate both facilities.

Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director, reports he has commitments of $4.45 million, including a $3 million pledge from La Mesa residents Mary Alice and Ron Brady, founders of The Brady Companies, a San Diego-based construction firm.

With construction planned to begin in 2015, a new 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, to be located on the La Mesa Middle School campus, will be called the Brady Family Clubhouse, Fazio said. The new clubhouse will feature The Academy, a learning center, a full-service kitchen and nutrition center, a separate “Little Rascals” area for 5-to-7-year olds and a gymnasiums named for La Mesa native, Helix High alum and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton.

Fazio also said the Brady donation will help renovate an existing teen center in La Mesa to be renamed the Brady Family Teen Center. The Teen Center will receive an exterior face lift, interior upgrades, new furniture, computers and a security system.

Donations and pledges also will fund a permanent endowment to provide ongoing funding for both the new clubhouse and teen center, Fazio said.

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