Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area CEO Dr. Anthony Tricoli will forego drawing an annual salary from the Boys & Girls Club in an effort to help children attend the club and provide bonuses to the staff.
Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors Chairman Paul Willson has confirmed Tricoli’s decision to give back his salary.
“I think that this is just another great example of Dr. Tricoli’s dedication to our Boys & Girls Club,” Willson told The Advocate & Democrat. “He has always looked to add value to our club, our community, and, most importantly, Monroe County’s children, and this is just another great example of his dedication to serving all those.”
Tricoli said that he will begin giving up his salary at the end of this month.
He recently informed the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors of his desire to give up his pay.
“It’s not that I don’t need the money; believe me, I need it,” Tricoli said. “But there are others right now who I know need it more than I do. This is my way of helping those in our club who are in need of some assistance just like my family was when I was a kid. Plus, I want assure that our staff members are properly thanked for their work.”
Fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club has been a tough proposition in recent years.
“We know that Monroe County has more non-profit organizations than most communities our size, and those non-profit organizations’ numbers are growing each year here in our county, so the competition for funds is greater now than it has ever been,” Tricoli said in a letter to the Board of Directors. “A year ago, we all worked very hard together (board and staff) to reduce the club’s expenditures and budget by approximately 25 percent.
“At that time, our full-time staff took a 10 percent reduction in their salary, and I took a self-imposed 33 percent salary reduction in order to help some children (families) who do not have the money to pay the fees to attend our club, and to provide the board with some non-discretionary funds to reward our hard working staff with periodic bonuses that frankly, I believe they deserve.”
Tricoli told the board in the letter how much an organization like the Boys & Girls Club means to him on a personal level.
“This organization means a lot to me, especially because of the very similar opportunity I had when I was a child,” he wrote. “You may have already heard this story, so I apologize to those of you who have. But, as a young boy, every day after school and on the weekends I hopped on my stingray bicycle and rode to the Boy’s Club in Fullerton (California). That was for about six years when I was growing up. Then my father fell ill and things changed for my family and me. Nonetheless, I have never forgotten the opportunities the Boys Club provided to me in the way of teaching me how to swim, how to safely use power tools in the workshop, and how to improve my study habits (I also got knocked out twice in the boxing ring — that’s probably why I set my sights on a desk job). For me, the Club was a safe haven, the place where all of the worries I had went away, it was the place where I could just be a kid. ”
Tricoli says it has been exciting for him to see the difference the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area makes in the lives of children.
“In the last four years, I have seen how happy the children are as they fly through the doors of our club every day after school, he said. “They can hardly wait to get inside and see what our staff members have prepared for them in the way of fun and games, or homework help, or art, or leadership opportunity.”