A Legacy of Caring

article posted 07/15/2014

MADISONVILLE-The children were excited when they heard that the namesakes of the building at the Madisonville Club Site would be visiting with them on recently.

"Charles and Dorothy Sloan showed great pleasure as they were greeted by more than 70 children, who attend this particular site; and the reciprocated warmth shown by the Sloan's was evident,'" said Dr. David Kefauver, founding board member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area.

Charles and Dot Sloan came to the club on the last Monday in January of 2014 to present the children of the club with a legacy gift. Sadly, Hugh Sloan, who was a long-time friend of Charles and Dot, passed away last year. But before he did, he and his friend Charles talked about how Hugh could continue to make a difference beyond his own life in his beloved community. Charles suggested that Hugh consider helping one of his favorite nonprofits in town, the Boys & Girls Club. With that discussion, the agreement was sealed and the children of the club would become the benefactors of a Hugh Sloan legacy gift.

"We thank Hugh Sloan and Charles and Dot Sloan as well for their foresight and their steadfast support of our Club," said Paul Willson, chairman of the board for the local Boys & Girls Club.  "They began supporting our Club nearly 20 years ago, and with this gift from Hugh Sloan's estate they have once again helped us to continue our work supporting children."

Mary Kefauver reminded us, "It was Dot who gave a large sum of her own savings that helped the club get started back in the late 1990s."

The Sloan family is not new to the Boys & Girls Club.

"It was Charles and Dot who were the pioneers; however, Jerry Sloan (son of Charles and Dot Sloan) quickly moved to help the Club to gain solid footing by providing an office space at low cost, and the Sloan-Phillips Enterprises LLC (Jerry and daughters Melanie and Erika) supported, developed, and maintained the original Teen Center by providing a rent-free location for more than a decade. Under the leadership of Melanie Phillips, during her 13-year tenure as the Boys & Girls Club executive director, the Club experienced phenomenal growth and success. The Sloans have been an integral part of the tapestry of the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe area. We will never forget their selfless generosity and support," said Kefauver.

With six sites located in Madisonville, Vonore, Sweetwater, Tellico Plains, Rural Vale, and our new Teen Center located at Hiwassee College, the Boys & Girls Club is now poised to move to the next level.

"The needs have never been greater than they are right now. We are focused on improving academic success, instilling healthy living habits, and building character and leadership in each one of our members. Our overarching goal is to stop generational poverty in this region, and it appears we're using a formula that works for our members. We are both thankful and inspired by this legacy gift,'" said Dr. Anthony Tricoli, president/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club.