When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) started plans for a cutting-edge Center for Innovation, CEO Jodi Diamond knew exactly who to call for the right signage. “Federal Heath has been a strong supporter for many years,” she said.
Federal Heath President and CEO Kevin Stotmeister was eager to continue the company’s contributions to BGCO, which has been serving at-risk youth in the community for 66 years. “We see community involvement as a significant part of our culture,” he said. “To participate in such a prominent way was a privilege we couldn’t pass up.” At the same time, Ford Signs contributed a temporary banner for the grand opening and professional installation for the final sign.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside has grown from a one-room facility in 1952 to eight locations serving 1,400 youth today. They provide a safe, fun, and constructive environment for children to spend time finding their passion and learning real world skills, knowledge, and experiences they can take into higher education or career paths.
The 2800-square-foot Center for Innovation expands the opportunities for BGCO youth to learn in three significant areas. A Culinary Arts Teaching Kitchen makes it possible for teens to learn marketable culinary and hospitality skills. A Performing Arts Center provides dedicated space to engage in music, drama and dance programs. The STREAM Lab is an interactive facility for learning about Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Federal Heath’s involvement with BGCO began many years ago with sponsorships and other contributions. We have been pleased to continue contributing to their success in inspiring, developing, and enriching young people to reach their fullest potential as confident, caring members of society.
“It’s especially fulfilling when we can bring something to the organization that is uniquely ours to give,” Federal Heath’s Stotmeister said. “We’re proud to have our sign on the Center of Innovation, produced right here in Oceanside.” After meeting with BGCO, Federal Heath helped with concept and design before producing the sign. Nearly 12 feet across, the final design includes a large LED-illuminated logo and flat cut-out aluminum letters.
Ribbon cutting for the addition was Nov. 8, 2018.