Hey there alumni of “The Bay” !!
We miss you and we want to hear from you. There are many thousands of you and not enough of you are in touch with us. And that’s not your fault. We haven’t reached out to you often enough or loudly enough. That changes now.
To get started, please tell us how Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club impacted your life.
We want to share your story here and hopefully we can impact someone else's life just as positive as we have impacted yours. Keep in touch with us either through e-mail or become a fan of ours and share your pictures and quick stories on facebook. Your support for "The Bay" is very important to us, and the reason we are still able to serve the 11,000 kids that we do today throughout our 10 sites in the Bronx.
Manny Villafana attended Kips Bay’s last Manhattan Clubhouse on East 52nd Street. He traveled there from his home in the Bronx. Desperately poor, his father died when he was 10, and his mothers sewed garments in a sweat shop. Despite these obstacles, Manny successfully founded six publicly held companies that developed and manufactured pacemakers and heart valves. A very generous donor to Kips Bay, Mr. Villafana retains a life long gratitude for his Kips Bay experience. He expressed it this way in a 1969 letter:
It was just yesterday that I was commenting with a friend of mine on my early years in your Boys’ Club... I told him that a Boys’ Club was made up of men, of men who would build the character in the boys... of men trying to be fathers for those, like myself, who did not have a father...I told him that a Boys’ Club was a summer of fun... I told him that a Boys’ Club meant learning new skills at camp... I told him that a Boys’ Club was a molder of youth...