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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is Seeking Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Food Service Providers and Vendors

Posted on: September 1st, 2022 by programming 1 Comment


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is seeking Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Food Service Providers and Vendors that are able to serve in the following capacities:

Monday – Friday delivery times between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., roughly 800 – 1000 individually packaged meals and/or 400 – 600 snacks (following CACFP Meal Patterns) at a temperature of 140 degrees F for hot foods and 45 degrees F. Daily deliveries will be to the following locations with meals in containers and covered:

Pitt County
Dr. Ledyard E. Ross Unit – 108 2nd Street, Ayden, NC 28513
Farmville 21st Century Learning Center Unit – 2442 Park Street, Farmville, NC 27828
Grady White Boats/E.R. Lewis Family Unit – 475 Belvoir Highway, Greenville, NC 27834
Jack Minges Unit/Minges Teen Center – 621 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville, NC 28590
Lucille W Gorham Intergenerational Cultural Center – 1101 Ward Street, Greenville, NC 27834

Beaufort County
Belhaven Unit – 225 W. Pantego Street, Belhaven, NC 27810
Washington 21st Century Learning Center Unit – 1089 N. Bridge Street, Washington, NC 27889

Martin County
Robersonville Unit – 21230 NC 903, Robersonville, NC 27871
Williamston Unit – 201 Andrews Street, Williamston, NC 27892

Greene County
Greene County 21st Century Learning Center Unit – 614 Middle School Road, Snow Hill, NC 28580

Lenoir County
Lenoir County Unit – 2600 Rouse Road, Kinston, NC 28504

Craven County
J.T. Barber Elementary – 1700 Cobb Street, New Bern, NC 28560
Havelock Unit – 199 Webb Boulevard, Havelock, NC 28532
New Bern Teen Center – 1203 Queen Street, New Bern, NC 28560

Carteret County
Beaufort Teen Center – 601 Mulberry Street, Beaufort, NC 28516
Beaufort Elementary School – 110 Carraway Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516
Sunshine Lady Club – 3321 Bridges Street, Morehead City, NC 28557

Interested vendors and food service providers should email Laquitta Staton, Federal Grants Manager, at for complete packet including:

Invitation to Bid Forms
Sample Menus
Current Meal Patterns

Only sealed bids will be accepted and must be mailed no later than September 15 at 4:00 p.m. to:

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
Attn: Laquitta Staton
621 W. Fire Tower Rd
Winterville, NC 28590

Late bids will be returned, regardless of postmark or mailing receipt date. Bidders are required to attend Bidder’s Conference Sept. 16 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom, Meeting ID: 879 529 9816 for the opening of bids. Notice of selections will be Friday, Sept. 16. Potential contract will be in effect Oct. 1, 2022.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Names Mark Holtzman as Chief Executive Officer

Posted on: August 23rd, 2022 by programming 1 Comment

Winterville, NC – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain (BGCCP) announced today that the Board of Directors has unanimously named Mark Holtzman as the next Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2022.

Mark has more than twenty years of experience in various leadership positions within local government police organizations in Maryland and North Carolina, with nine years as Chief of Police. Over his 30+ year career in law enforcement, Mark has always demonstrated a heart for the community and a belief in the ability to change disadvantaged neighborhoods. Focusing on the neighborhood level, he has worked to improve the quality of life of residents, especially those living in underserved communities.

Mark has built and maintained relationships with community members to increase trust and improve transparency in departmental operations. In his latest role as a police chief in Greenville, North Carolina, he has been responsible for afterschool programs and summer camps through the department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) youth programs. Mark is known to leverage relationships with allied partners in higher education, public health, housing, and other government and law enforcement agencies to implement innovative programs and technological advances to improve the safety of the communities he served.

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. His most recent leadership responsibilities included the management of more than 250 officers and civilian staff in a nationally accredited (CALEA) police department. Mark knows that the success of any organization rests in the quality and character of its people. After a full career in the public safety field, Mark is eager to continue his service to the community as the President & CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain.

The search process was conducted over several months by a BGCCP Search Committee in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s CEO Search Team. I would personally like to thank Boys & Girls Clubs of America for their tremendous support during this process.

For Mark, the BGCCP opportunity is an honor:

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to continue to work and serve the community both here in Pitt County and across the eastern North Carolina area that we have called home now for the past several years.  Transitioning from public safety into this new role of serving the community through the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain seems like a natural progression of a lifelong professional career in public service.  I look forward to contributing my energy and talents toward an organization whose mission exemplifies what it means to live, work, and serve with purpose.”  

About BGCCP:

The organization began in 1969 as a Boys Club with a very modest operation at the Pitt County Fairgrounds. Since that time, the organization has experienced significant growth in membership, programs, and facilities. In 1992 the Jack Minges Unit was built to accommodate the growing need and to include girls in membership. Additional units have been established in Ayden, Farmville, West Greenville, and north of the Tar River. BGCCP assumed responsibility for the Club in Lenoir County in 2010, two Clubs in Beaufort County in 2013, opened a new Club in November 2013 in Greene County, and now has opened two Clubs in Martin County. In 2017, BGCCP merged with the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina to add 6 Clubs in Craven and Carteret Counties. Today, more than 3,000 young people are taking advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by our 17 Clubs in 7 contingent counties: Pitt, Lenoir, Beaufort, Greene, Martin, Carteret, and Craven Counties.

Boys & Girls Clubs Names Brittany Spear as Director of Resource Development

Posted on: August 2nd, 2022 by programming 1 Comment


Winterville, NC – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain (BGCCP) has announced the hiring of Brittany Creamer Spear as Director of Resource Development. Spear joins BGCCP from The Epiphany School of Global Studies, an independent school for K-12 students in New Bern, where she served as Director of Advancement since 2017.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brittany to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain family,” Chief Development Officer Will Chriscoe said. “She brings an incredible familiarity of eastern North Carolina and experience building meaningful relationships with members of our communities. Her passion and energy will play a critical role generating resources to support our youth who need us now, more than ever.”

While at The Epiphany School, Spear was in charge of fundraising, marketing, communications, alumni relations, and special events. During her six years at the school, her work leading fundraising efforts resulted in doubling their annual giving contributions. Spear was also active as a member of the Noon Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and graduate of Leadership Craven.

“I am excited to join the team at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain,” Spear said. “I look forward to working hard for all the youth, their families and our staff to increase philanthropy for the organization. My ultimate love is working with kids and the community to provide children the best opportunities possible.”

Prior to joining the staff at The Epiphany School, Brittany worked for NBC affiliate WITN-TV from 2009 to 2015 as a reporter and later Bureau Chief in the New Bern area.

Spear attended Barton College in Wilson, NC as a student-athlete on the Lady Bulldogs women’s basketball team. She received her degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting. Following graduation and before returning to eastern North Carolina, Raleigh station WTVD was home to Brittany while also working for Good Morning America.


BGCCP Youth of the Year accepts track and field scholarship to UNCW; East jumper will enter program as a junior

Posted on: April 26th, 2022 by programming 1 Comment

Check out this article from the Carteret County News-Times! 

Voting Begins in UScellular’s Eighth Annual Black History Month Art Contest

Posted on: February 7th, 2022 by programming No Comments

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2022) –Voting is now open in UScellular’s Eighth Annual Black History Month Art Contest with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Clubs in Greenville, Morehead City, New Bern and Washington. Voting is available online, and community members in these cities can go here to vote for their favorite piece of original art.

This year, UScellular introduced an exciting new element to the contest. For the first time, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain members were encouraged to create their original pieces of artwork in recognition of influential Black STEM icons, including historical figures, world leaders, scientists and educators. Ten finalists were chosen by representatives from the Boys & Girls Club based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression.

Voting will remain open until February 28, and anyone 18 or older can vote for their favorite. The finalists’ artwork is also digitally displayed at UScellular locations across eastern North Carolina.

The top three vote-getters for each Club will be announced in March and prizes include gift cards in the following amounts:

· $250 for 1st Place

· $150 for 2nd Place

· $100 for 3rd Place

“We are thrilled to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain again on this contest to help honor Black STEM icons and showcase youth in our community,” said Jeremy Taylor, director of sales for UScellular in eastern North Carolina. “This year’s art highlights the artistic talent among the Club members, while giving them a chance to learn more about the impact Black people have made in STEM. We encourage the eastern North Carolina community to check out the art and vote online.”

“Each year it’s always good to see the members get excited and put their best foot forward to create artwork that highlights the importance of Black History. This year the members were challenged with acknowledging Black Historical figures that aren’t exactly the “Go To” for Black History Month and it kickstarted a lot of interest among our members. They are stepping outside the box of constantly seeing Black people in politics fighting for equal rights and really seeing what it means for Black people to shine and be a pioneer in one role or another,” said Anna Hunter, unit director for Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plan Jack Minges Unit.

The public can vote for their favorite artwork by going to or clicking here.

UScellular is focused on addressing gaps in STEM education and is committed to connecting more than 200,000 of tomorrow’s innovators each year with the resources they need today to help shape future opportunities. For more information about UScellular’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to

No Purchase Necessary. Entrants who are minors must have parental consent to participate in the Contest. Official Contest Rules, including full entry details and Finalist and Winner selection criteria/voting are available by email request to

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Announces La’tecyia Johnson as the 2022 Youth of the Year Winner

Posted on: February 4th, 2022 by programming No Comments

Winterville, NC – On Thursday, February 3, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain hosted its Youth of the Year Annual Recognition Dinner.  La’tecyia Johnson was named Youth of the Year and received a $3,000 college scholarship. La’tecyia has been a member of the Beaufort Teen Center 2018 and has displayed increased self-confidence by participating in Club programming. She serves as an excellent role model, setting an example for other club and community members by exhibiting excellent leadership skills academically and athletically. Lateycia plans to become a criminal profiler. She has been offered many opportunities due to her academic achievements and was invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI Participant in Washington, DC. In addition, she has received numerous acceptance letters and invitations to apply for honors programs at various colleges. She has not decided which college she will be attending in fall 2022, but she will begin the journey of eventually earning a master’s degree in criminology. This year, in addition to the organizational winner receiving a $3,000 scholarship, we also be awarded the runner-up with a $1,000 scholarship. This year’s runner-up was A’Niyah Grant, from the Jack Minges Teen Center in Winterville, NC. This year we also honored a Junior Youth of the Year winner, Hannah Oliver from the Sunshine Lady Club in Morehead City, who received a trophy.

Three other Youth of the Year finalists participated in the dinner: Makyra Hoggard representing Beaufort County, Justice Spruill representing Martin County, and Tiara Johnson representing Craven County. All finalist gave their speech and were awarded medals. La’tecyia will go on to represent Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain at the North Carolina State Youth of the Year competition later this spring.



Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, the Youth of the Year title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Each state winner is awarded a $1,000 college scholarship and five regional winners a $10,000 scholarship. The national winner receives an additional scholarship up to $50,000 and is installed by the President of the United States.

First Citizens Bank Invests $100,000 in Eastern NC Youth Development

Posted on: January 11th, 2022 by programming No Comments

Winterville, NC – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain announced it has received a $100,000 donation from First Citizens Bank to support the organization’s greatest needs and strategic initiatives.

This contribution will have an immediate impact on all 17 Boys & Girls Clubs across seven counties in eastern North Carolina, specifically supporting child safety, academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and leadership.

“First Citizens Bank has been a passionate and loyal supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs in eastern North Carolina for many years. We are truly grateful for their continued generosity,” said Kirk Dominick, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Interim President & CEO. “As we continue facing the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this investment will help us serve more kids, more often, and with greater impact.”

Gordon Jethro, Area Executive for First Citizens Bank, presented the $100,000 check to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Interim President & CEO, Kirk Dominick, and Board of Directors member, Steve Stephenson, at the Jack Minges Club on Fire Tower Road.

“First Citizens is thrilled to make this donation that will support vital programs at local Boys & Girls Clubs and help young people across the region,” said Jethro. “First Citizens has served eastern North Carolina for 124 years. As the largest family-controlled bank in the country, we’re committed to helping the places we call home. That’s why we believe it’s important, especially in these critical times, to give back and assist organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs that do so much for our communities.”

About First Citizens Bank

First Citizens Bank helps personal, business, commercial and wealth clients build financial strength that lasts. In January 2022, parent company, First Citizens BancShares, Inc. and CIT Group Inc. merged – creating one of the top 20 U.S. financial institutions, with more than $100 billion in assets. As the largest family-controlled bank in the United States, First Citizens is continuing a unique legacy of strength, stability and long-term thinking that has spanned generations. Its commercial banking segment brings a wide array of best-in-class lending, leasing and banking services to middle-market companies and small businesses from coast to coast. Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens also operates a nationwide direct bank and a network of more than 600 branches in 22 states, many in high-growth markets. Industry specialists bring a depth of expertise that helps businesses and individuals meet their specific goals at every stage of their financial journey. First Citizens brings together personal

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2021 Ultimate Pre-Game Party Presented by First Citizens Bank Transitions to Online Auction Event

Posted on: September 7th, 2021 by programming No Comments

GREENVILLE, NC – In light of recent updates from the CDC, state health department, and local hospital
officials regarding the current Delta variant surge of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Coastal Plain announced today that the 2021 Ultimate Pre-Game Party, Presented by First Citizens
Bank and scheduled for Friday, September 10, has been transitioned to an online auction event.
“Everything we do is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the youth and families throughout
our Eastern North Carolina communities,” said Kimberly Boyd, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
President & CEO. “This difficult decision comes at a time when collectively we have overcome so much
adversity and were looking forward to coming together for a night of fun and fellowship.”
With the generosity of sponsors and guests who had already purchased tickets, the 2021 event was on
pace to raise nearly $200,000 to directly support young people from 17 Clubs and seven counties in
Eastern North Carolina.
“First Citizens Bank is a long-time advocate for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. While we
were looking forward to the 2021 Ultimate Pre-Game Party taking place as an in-person event, we
certainly understand and support the decision to transition to an online auction and fundraising event
due to the ongoing pandemic,” stated Gordon Jethro, First Citizens Bank Area Executive. “Despite the
change of plans, First Citizens Bank is resolved to continue our sponsorship of the Boys & Girls Clubs this
year, and hope others will do the same.”
Fundraising efforts will now transition to an online auction and online giving event at
beginning Friday, September 10. Additional details regarding the online auction, which includes items
such as signature events and experiences, jewelry, fine art, and more will be announced in the coming
Sponsors of the 2021 Ultimate Pre-Game Party, Presented by First Citizens Bank include: Greenville
Convention Center, Barnhill Contracting Company, Ferguson Waterworks, BB&T (Now Truist), Baker
Roofing, Grady-White Boats, Hendrix-Barnhill, Minges Bottling Group, PBMares, Physicians East,
Practicon, Service Roofing, Ward & Smith, P.A., Eastern Trust – Mullarkey Real Estate Group, Taft-Mills
Group, ARK Consulting Group, Eastern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Engineering Consulting
Services (ECS), Greenville Utilities, Inner Banks Media, Meridian Park, TowneBank and Towne Insurance.