On October 19th, more than 350 guests filled the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel Du Pont to honor former Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware President and CEO, George Krupanski. Guests from around Delaware and around the country came together to recognize George for his 27 years of leadership in Delaware and 48 years of combined Boys & Girls Clubs service.
The Corporate Board officially announced Krupanski’s retirement in July 2017.
George began his tenure with Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware in 1990 and is credited with: growing the organization’s statewide presence from 5 Clubs to 43, including girls in Club membership, extending reach of programs and services from 5,000 kids to 35,000 served annually, growing the operational budget from $5 million to $18 million and numerous other accomplishments. George will continue for the next year as Advisor, aiding with Government Relations and Special Gifts.
“I am grateful for having the opportunity to serve as the head of the Boys & Girls Club for the last 27+ years. It has put me in touch with so many wonderful people throughout our state who are equally committed to helping young people, particularly those in need. Together, we have made a huge difference for so many kids,” stated Krupanski. “I am equally excited with the new leadership that John will bring to our organization,” he added.
A Legacy of Leadership – An Evening Honoring George Krupanski was a celebration of George’s many accomplishments over the years, bringing together a strong showing of community members, businesses, nonprofits, state and local officials and most notably Club alumni and staff who have been positively impacted by George over the years. More than 350 guests attended the event which featured tributes from Club members, staff, family, board members and George himself. As only fitting at a Boys & Girls Clubs event the kids closed (and stole) the show! Club members from the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club performed Pharrel’s hit song, “Happy” and ushered George and his wife Carla down the aisle.