The Guadalupe community celebrated the opening of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast Ron Estabillo Clubhouse with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9th. The clubhouse is named after Ron Estabillo, a beloved community leader and a former city councilman who passed away in 2019. The new facility is the third Club operated by BGCMCC serving kids with high quality after school programming in Guadalupe.
The clubhouse is located in the heart of Guadalupe, at the LeRoy Park Community Center. The building is a modern structure with sleek lines and large windows that let in plenty of natural light. The interior is spacious and airy, with high ceilings and an open floor plan that encourages interaction and collaboration. The clubhouse has a large kitchen, a gym, a game room, and a stage that includes a well stocked library and reading space made possible by donations from the Trilogy Service Club. It is designed to be a flexible space that can accommodate a variety of activities and events.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by a diverse group of people from the Guadalupe community and beyond. City officials, local business owners, community leaders, and residents of all ages were present to witness the historic moment. The ceremony began with a welcome speech by Michael Boyer, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast who recognized the board members, donors, and dignitaries present. He was follow by Ariston Julian the mayor of Guadalupe, who praised the hard work and dedication of everyone who made the clubhouse a reality. As a close, personal friend of Mr. Estabillo, Mayor Julian used the time to praise all the good work Mr. Estabillo did for the youth of Guadalupe.
Next, Mrs. Estabillo was invited to speak and she acknowledged how touched she and her family were to have the Club named after her husband. She, too, shared how much Ron loved helping kids and how the rain that was falling that night was Ron’s “tears from heaven” as he would have been so touched had he been there. A family friend read a letter provided by the former superintendent of the Guadalupe School District who could not be at the event but wanted to express his love for Ron Estabillo.
After the speeches, it was time for the ribbon-cutting. The Estabillo Family along with Michael Boyer held the ribbon while a young Club Member cut the blue ribbon. Everyone counted down from three, and then the ribbon was cut, to the cheers and applause of the crowd.
The Clubhouse operates daily after school and is providing world class programs for children in Guadalupe ages 6 – 18 years old.