The Dream Began in 1965.
A group of individuals who were concerned about the youth in Sarasota met at the Captain’s Table restaurant to discuss how to improve the quality of life for our children. Initially, there were only two or three people involved, but within weeks, the group had grown considerably and it was decided to start a Boys Club. The original group included Jack House, John Saba Sr., Jack Toale, L.W. Horning, Wells Purmort, Marie Langer, Bob Johnson, Helene Morris and Arthur Goldberg among others. During the next five years, the group expanded to include over 50 individuals, and the vision of a few became a reality. The youth of Sarasota were the beneficiaries. What started as a dream in 1965 is an integral part of the community now. All efforts to grow the clubs to 10 locations serving thousands of youth have been made possible by major donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and civic organizations. Thousands of boys and girls have walked through the Clubs since they first opened in 1970. Each has walked back into the community as a more productive and enriched citizen. Each is more self-reliant, has more self-confidence and adjusts more easily to adult society, because the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County was the POSITIVE PLACE for them to grow.