Boone Center Inc. (BCI) officially opened its new break room with a ribbon cutting on Monday, August 7. The new space, named Andrew’s Clubhouse, honors former BCI employee Andrew Norton.
“We were so fortunate to have Andrew for three years,” said BCI Director of Programs, Katie Jones. “His positive attitude was contagious. And his family is doing really amazing things to honor his memory.”
After Andrew’s death in December 2015, his family started Andrew’s Hugs, a foundation named to commemorate the warm bear hugs Andrew was known for. The foundation donates money to organizations that enrich the lives of adults with disabilities.
Over the past 13 months, Andrew’s Hugs has donated $40,000 to BCI as a way to celebrate the success and happiness Andrew found while working there.
“When we started earmarking these donations for the break room, we knew it had to have a Cardinals theme to honor Andrew’s passion for the team,” said BCI CEO, Tony Spielberg.
The new break room features a 36-foot Busch Stadium mural by local artist Zack Smithey, St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia, red lockers, a microwave island for warming lunches, and new refrigerators, tables, chairs, paint, flooring, televisions and sound system.
Many local businesses stepped up in support of the project including Rawlings, True Manufacturing, Lowe’s Pro Services, and RBO PrintLogistix. A grant from the City of St. Charles partially funded the new lockers.
“This new break room is already bringing so much joy to our employees,” said Speilberg. “The generosity of the Norton family is just amazing, and we can’t thank them enough.”
Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) works to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a choice of productive and fulfilling employment. BCI was founded in 1959 by two women driven by a desire to better serve employment needs for individuals with disabilities. Today, BCI employs 400 adults with disabilities at its production facilities and through its competitive employment programs. The nonprofit is a national advocate for employment and vocational training for adults with disabilities.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BCI