Volunteers walk 50 miles in multi-million dollar fundraising effort for Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

MADISON, Wis. – Volunteers representing the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County walked 50 miles Saturday, part of an effort to raise $1.5 million during a summer fundraising effort.

The group visited every BGCDC location Saturday, starting before 5 A.M. at the location in Sun Prairie. From there, the group walked to the newest downtown location, before looping around to Madison’s West Side and eventually returning back in Sun Prairie.

The group hopes to use the funds to build a regional workforce training center, to train teens and others in skilled trades.

We’re breaking all records, and we need it, because we’ve set a more ambitious goal than ever before to open up this building,” said Peter Gray, who joined in the walk Saturday. 

A ten-mile portion of the walk was dedicated to teaching Madison’s Black History, complete with visits to Madison’s first Black-owned business.

“(I’ve enjoyed) the comradery, the discussions,” said Vic Villacrez. “How often do you get to talk to someone for ten miles at a time?”

We’re at mile 26 now, it’s been a breeze, a piece of cake,” Gray said. “It’ll be some recovery needed. I don’t have anything scheduled tomorrow.”

The summer fundraising efforts will continue next Saturday, when BGCDC hosts its ‘Move’ event, along with a White Clothing themed party.