By Jeff Gritchen | October 15, 2019 | 4:00 PM

The club underwent a five-month, $3 million renewal that now includes three STEM labs; the Mesa Teen Center, with a culinary center; gaming stations; huddle rooms; and a Maker Space.

The Boys & Girls Club refers to the Maker Space as a “21st-century wood shop” with 3D printers, robotics, engraving machine, greeting card maker, and interactive floor games.

Despite all the new gadgets, nine-year-old Zoe Gibney said her favorite part of the club is still the basketball program. The good news for her is that she’ll get to play on the club’s renovated court with new flooring, hoops and scoreboard.

This is the first of four stand-alone clubs the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast is reopening through its #PursuingGreatness fundraising campaign.

The group raised more than $7.1 million from donors including: Julia and George Argyros, Joe MacPherson Foundation, From My Heart Foundation, The Curci Family, David A. Pyle Family, Sharon D. Lund Foundation, Ueberroth Family Foundation, the O.L. Halsell Foundation, Pacific Life Foundation, Peter and Helen Maxwell, Allen and Friedmann Families, Frank and Shannon Tucker, Mike and Charlene Immell, The McBeth Foundation, The Gooding-Barry Family, David and Robyn Stauffer, and Judy and Dave Threshie.

Read the full story at the Orange County Register online.