The NEW DeSoto Boys & Girls Club

We’ve reached our campaign goal! We broke ground on the NEW Desoto Boys & Girls Club on June 1, 2018 and construction commenced on June 25th. The new Club, scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019, will enable us to serve more Manatee County youth and offer an environment better equipped to provide the activities and programs necessary to help our community’s kids find a path to a great future.

For more information about the Invest in Kids campaign, please email our Chief Development Officer, Francine Diemer at or call (941) 761-2582 (select option 5, then 3).


Ground Breaking Moment For Great Futures

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County broke ground on the new DeSoto Club on June 1. Campaign donors, volunteers, staff, state and local officials, as well as members of the design-build team were on hand to witness the ceremony, which…

Donor Gives $500K to Support New DeSoto Club and Kids’ Health

With a desire to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of children and teens, a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County recently gave a $500,000 gift to Invest In Kids, the organization’s capital campaign…
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Selby Foundation Awards $250K Grant for New DeSoto Club

The William G. and Maria Selby Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County a $250,000 grant for Invest In Kids, the capital campaign to build a new DeSoto Boys & Girls Club. The gift not only helped push the amount raised…