Supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Echo Park have scheduled an open house June 12 to draw attention to the plight of the financially troubled club.
The Echo Park branch was slated for closure Dec. 31 because it had been a financial drain on the nonprofit Boys and Girls Clubs of Hollywood and Echo Park.
Although the Echo Park branch has provided a haven from violence and gang activity for about 1,000 youths a year since 1986, community members had not supported the club financially. Officials had to dip into funds earmarked for the Hollywood branch to come up with the $160,000 to $200,000 a year it takes to run the Echo Park club.
But in the wake of the closure announcement, donors contributed enough money to keep the club open at least through June.