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Peter Secchia Family breaks ground on Camp expansion project

August 12th, 2015

The Peter Secchia family, along with local dignitaries, broke ground on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Camp O’Malley on a $500,000 dining room renovation project that will also include the expansion of outdoor dining area and a barbeque pit.

Since 1942, Camp O’Malley, which is operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, has provided a world class camp experience each summer for the region's most underserved youth. The Secchia Family Foundation provided the gift through the camp's Building Bridges for Brighter Futures Capital Campaign.

"We are extremely grateful to the entire Secchia family and the Secchia Family Foundation for this very generous gift," said Rick Huisman, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. "Each year, we are reminded just how special Camp O'Malley is for so many Campers. We have each come to know the power of this Camp, and what the great outdoors can do to completely change the life of a child. Through this gift from the Secchia family, we will be able to provide more space for Campers to dine, more space to go during inclement weather, and a beautiful outdoor space where Campers may enjoy dining and relaxing outdoors."

Camp O'Malley is located on 40 acres of beautiful woods on the banks of the Thornapple River southeast of Grand Rapids, The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2016.

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