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Donations needed for Millbrae's Scout House
July 17, 2012, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

Daily Journal file photo The proposed Millbrae Community Youth Center, known to most as the Scout House, was built in 1954 for $16,000 through a largely volunteer effort, labor and donated materials.

Time is ticking to raise funds for the renovation of the aging Millbrae Scout House and volunteers are seeking donations to meet an autumn deadline.

Renovating the community space is a joint effort between the Millbrae Lions Club, the Millbrae Elementary School District and the city. Under the agreement, funds for the renovation need to be raised no later than Sept. 30. Originally, the estimated cost was $200,000, most of which has been met through community partnerships and donations. What remains is raising $50,000. So far, about $21,000 has been raised, said Fundraising Chair Denis Fama.

The Lions Club has offered a $15,000 matching grant as a community challenge to raise the remaining funds. Contributions from individuals and corporations are needed to gain access to the funds, said Fama.

The proposed Millbrae Community Youth Center, known to most as the Scout House, was built in 1954 for $16,000 through a largely volunteer effort, labor and donated materials. It sits on the school district property on the southeast corner of Taylor Middle School.

The school district, Lions Club and city signed an agreement to raise funds for the renovation by Jan. 1, 2012, which was since extended. Once raised, the money will be used to make repairs and upgrades to restore the usefulness of the structure. The city will then take over the space as a home for youth-focused activities.

Work has already been started. Last year, Rebuilding Together, a Redwood City nonprofit that partners with businesses to rehabilitate community organization facilities or the homes of those in need, selected the Millbrae Community Youth Center as a renovation project. With the help of material donations and volunteers coordinated with the help of IFMA, International Facility Management Association, the Scout House now has updated flooring, interior and exterior paint and lighting. In addition, an entrance ramp was installed. New doors and windows were recently installed, furnishings and equipment was also donated. But the building still needs a new roof, seismic bracing and a new heating system.

Other than making a straight donation, people can support the effort by attending the Spirit of Aloha, a tropical-themed evening featuring food and wine, silent and live auctions to be held 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the SFO Museum in the international terminal of San Francisco International Airport. Tickets are $45 per person payable to the Rotary Club of Millbrae, P.O. Box 23, Millbrae, CA 94030. Free parking will be available. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Aug. 6. Those with questions can contact Janet Fogarty at 343-8332 or

For more information visit All contributions are welcome and may be sent to the Millbrae Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1612, Millbrae, CA 94030. Please designate checks to MCYC. Those interested in making contributions can also contact Denis Fama at (415) 602-2741 or

Heather Murtagh can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

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