Boys & Girls Club of Washington County benefits from Greencastle boy's birthday

September 26, 2011
  • Connor Rohm, front row at center, is pictured with his friends at the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County as they learn to climb the indoor climbing wall with Jim Deaner, executive director of the club.
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When asked, most 7-year-old boys would probably identify a long list of items they would like to receive as birthday presents. That list might include video games, Matchbox cars, LEGOs or professional sports apparel.  

Connor Rohm of Greencastle, Pa., put together a very different list for his birthday. Instead of gifts, he asked his friends to make donations to one of his favorite places, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

“It was his idea, so instead of making a wish list of birthday presents, we asked his friends and their families to make donations to the Boys & Girls Club,” said Julie Rohm, Connor’s mother and a volunteer at the club.  

“He’s been going to the club for a long time with me, and even though he doesn’t attend on a daily basis, the other kids always welcome him like he is a regular, so he wanted to do something nice for them.”

Connor presented a check for more than $300 to the club from his birthday party.

In addition, Connor got to enjoy a day at the club as he went rock climbing, played in the gym and participated in other activities.  

“The gift of $300 from Connor and his friends really goes a long way to support our mission. He is a very caring young man,” said Buck Browning, director of development for the club.  

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