Combined nonprofit will better serve 30,000 kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas and Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson announced plans to merge, creating a stronger organization to better serve the more than 30,000 youths in 17 locations throughout Clark County. The new name for the two leading nonprofits will be Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

Supported by the board of directors of both groups, the merger creates a stronger, more efficient nonprofit organization that more effectively can provide the award-winning educational, recreational and cultural programs and services to children currently served by the Las Vegas and Henderson Clubs. It is also better positioned for expansion.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada will operate throughout Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, and be governed by a volunteer board of existing board members from both organizations.

The merger transaction is in final due diligence and expected to close in September 2013. Current programming will continue uninterrupted.  The merged organization will have administrative offices in both Henderson and Las Vegas, with the headquarters at the Lied Clubhouse on 2850 Lindell Road in Las Vegas.

Ken Rubeli, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson, was unanimously approved by both boards of directors to serve as CEO of the combined organization as well as interim CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, effective July 1, 2013.

“The kids will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, particularly with Ken as CEO with his business acumen and nonprofit compassion and experience. He has our full support,” said Ryder Donohue, chief volunteer officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson and member of the new merged board. “Under Ken’s enthusiastic, strategic and financially prudent leadership, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson doubled its youth membership during the last three years with the opening of five new locations, even with the economic downturn.”

Prior to Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson, Rubeli spent five years in executive management positions in the casino industry and a dozen years working in financial services.  He grew up attending a Boys & Girls Club and served as an executive board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson from 2005 until being appointed CEO in 2010.

“For more than 50 years and through the tireless dedication of hundreds of volunteer board members, Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson and Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas have become the premier providers of youth services to the kids of Southern Nevada,” said Rubeli. “Combining these two great organizations will take us to the next level and yield significant returns for our kids and the community. Like most investors, our community supporters, donors and families demand high returns, especially when we are dealing in a commodity as precious as our children. The merged Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada ensures our continued success and growth.”

After five years of dedicated service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, Dulcinea Almazan, former Las Vegas Clubs president and CEO, has left the organization to pursue other interests.  “Dulcinea improved the lives of thousands of kids through her compassionate leadership and was an immense help in setting the framework for this historic merger.  On behalf of my board colleagues, we thank her for her contributions and wish her all the best,” said Scott Kerestesi, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Foundation, who is also a member of the new board.

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