JULY MADISON MATTERS

Madison Rising Star Talent Competition

On Monday June 26th, our Clubhouses participated in the first ever Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Rising Star Talent Competition. Held outside at the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse and orchestrated by Rhonda Williams, Arts Director for the Murphy Clubhouse and M. Patrick Torres, our Notes for Notes Senior Program Director.

Members from each of Madison’s Clubhouses were invited to compete for the top spot in the following categories: singing, dancing, poetry, and playing a musical instrument. After selecting top performers from each Club, members engaged in a friendly competition to take home the honor of top spot.

With every Club represented, three unbiased judges had some tough decisions to make, as every performer went above and beyond to prove they were worthy of winning the Rising Star Talent Competition.

Congratulations to all of the performers who made the event truly memorable. Every performance was a reminder that all of our members possess the ability and talent to call themselves winners.

Member Profiles: Edith & Shea, Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse

Always together, Edith, age 16 and Shea, age 17 have grown up side by side at the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse for the past 9 years. Edith, who wants to go to NYU or Howard University to study Business, wants to pursue a career in Human Resources. “I love interacting with people and working on administrative office tasks,” she says. “I think I could be a really great Human Resources Director.” At the Club, her favorite time is when she gets to relax in the Teen Center with her friends and swim in the pool.

Shea recently graduated from high school and hopes to pursue a degree in English at Virginia Union University in the fall. Even though she moved to Virginia a little over a year ago, she still visits the Club every time she is back in New York.

Together, Edith and Shea’s favorite way to give back at the Club is to work with the Explorers Academy members (ages 6-9) and interact with the staff. Shea says “The staff really keeps me focused and dedicated to pursuing my goals. I know I can always go to them for help when I need it.”

The Pinkerton Clubhouse: Construction Update!

Caution: Construction Zone Ahead!

July 24th will mark two months since our incredible groundbreaking ceremony at The Pinkerton Clubhouse in Harlem. We are excited to share that construction on the new Clubhouse continues to move ahead according to schedule. 

Every Clubhouse needs a strong foundation and The Pinkerton Clubhouse is no exception. After disposing of the groundwater at the site, the teams at Zubatkin, along with C&L, were able to move forward with securing the foundation and superstructure concrete work. They have finished pouring and waterproofing the cellar walls, as well as the cellar slab. The Clubhouse is now being prepped for the 1st floor. We are beyond excited to see the Clubhouse come to life and cannot wait to open our doors later next year.

Stay tuned to www.madisonsquare.org/harlem for continuous construction updates!

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Special Events

Golf Tournament: August 7th

Christmas Tree Ball: December 1st