The 25177 Foundation originated as the St. Albans Quarterback Club (SAQB Club) in 2004, to provide an avenue for donors to designate funding to the St. Albans High School football team and the head coach at that time, Derek Christian. The focus soon expanded to include the St. Albans community midget football teams as well as the McKinley and Hayes Middle School football teams in an attempt to provide strong programs to feed into St. Albans High School.
Various youth organizations around the St. Albans area began contacting the SAQB Club for assistance with fundraising activities and after much discussion, the board of directors decided a need existed within the St. Albans community that we could and should fill. We have provided donations to St. Albans School of Dance teams headed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, midget league basketball teams, baseball all-star teams advancing to the WV State Championships, extracurricular activities at SAHS, local scout troops, Hayes girls’ volleyball, church youth groups – the list of recipients is endless and grows every year.
2012 was a year of exciting changes for the SAQB Club as we continued to expand our mission and refined our operational philosophy utilizing a “Help us Help you” approach. Potential donation recipients are now asked to volunteer for community service projects such as maintaining a two mile stretch of MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans in conjunction with the Adopt-A-Highway program. The officers and board members of the SAQB Club strongly believed that teaching our youth to work toward a goal by participating in the actual fundraising strengthens our community as a whole.
The Barbara Hall Memorial Scholarship was established in early 2013 to reward a college bound senior who, throughout his/her high school years, had demonstrated qualities that were important to Mrs. Hall and also the members of the SAQB Club – academic excellence and a devotion to his/her community as demonstrated through a history of participation in community service projects. The scholarship is currently available to students at St. Albans High School.
Then, in 2013, the decision was made to change our name to be more reflective of our expanded focus and mission and the 25177 Foundation was born! We continue to employ the “Help us Help you!” philosophy for distributing donations to local youth organizations. Our “Make St. Albans Shine” community service projects bring together 100+ volunteers to help beautify our town. Interested parties not associated with a specific youth group are also encouraged to participate in our community service days.
The 25177 Foundation has received proclamations that recognize our contribution to the St. Albans area and the Great State of West Virginia from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. We continue to promote the positive qualities of St. Albans through the media coverage of our community service events. We appreciate your continued support of our efforts within the St. Albans community. If you have any questions about our goals or would like to volunteer for one of our fundraisers or community service projects, please let us know.
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