In January 2019, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware lost one of it’s strongest, longstanding champions, Gregg Bacchieri. Gregg was a true advocate for the Clubs and the children and teens they serve. A passionate man of the community, Gregg was always the first to donate his time, treasure and talents to the betterment of the organization. He was a firm believer that the Clubs provided a safe place for children and most notably teens, during critical out-of-school hours, and he worked tirelessly to ensure our doors remained open, providing life changing opportunities and preparing young people for a great future.
Gregg Bacchieri was involved on the Board of Directors for 24 years in a variety of capacities. He served as a member of the Board of Directors, chairing numerous committees, task forces, events and activities. He joined the Board in 1991. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. Gregg chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the Program Committee. In addition, Gregg led the Board of Directors as Chairman for the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club and the Claymont Boys & Girls Club. He helped expand services to youth from 1,200 youth to more than 40,000 statewide.
Mr. Bacchieri served on the Fundraising Committee that had direct responsibility for conducting Capital Campaigns that generated new Boys & Girls Clubs in the Bear/Glasgow community (Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club), the Middletown community, the Seaford (Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club) community, the Milford community (Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club) and the Claymont community (Claymont Boys & Girls Club.)
He motivated his work colleagues, superiors and employers to share his interest in supporting youth programs at the Boys & Girls Club resulting in contributions in excess of $4 million. He influenced and recruited other volunteers as tutors, mentors, coaches, and committee members. With his encouragement, he recruited and influenced over 900 individuals to volunteer in our Clubs over the last 20 years.
MBNA and the people of MBNA also helped to complete renovations at the Clarence Fraim Boys & Girls Club, the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, the H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club and the New Castle Boys & Girls Club. Former Executive Director of the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, Stuart Sherman fondly remembers, “Gregg was instrumental in the genesis of the Club and MBNA’s involvement with our program, without which we would not have been able to begin our journey with such success”.
Gregg’s dedication and passion for the organization resulted in his wife and children volunteering or working at the Boys & Girls Club. One of the Gregg and Stacey’s greatest accomplishments for the Greater Newark Club was the opening of the only stand-alone Teen Center. “The Teen Center proved to be instrumental in the dramatic increase in teens served at Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club – a feat not possible without the successful leadership and financial support of Gregg and Stacey Bacchieri. The project proved to be costly and time consuming, but Gregg led a board that was determined to make the vision a reality,” Stu Sherman remembers. Gregg and Stacey also designed and equipped the teen center at the Claymont Club as well.
In 2015, the Boys & Girls Club established the “Helping Hand Award” presented annually in honor of the Bacchieri’s to an individual who has emulated the service Gregg and his family provided to benefit our organizations youth.
Together Gregg and his family have made significant personal contributions as well as provided numerous hours of volunteer service benefiting our Boys & Girls Clubs statewide. Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware owes a great amount of gratitude to the Bacchieri family for everything they have done for the organization in the last 24 years, and we know that Gregg’s spirit will continue to be felt by the staff, board members, families and the thousands of kids that pass through the blue doors of the Clubs on their way to their Great Futures.