The Boys Girls Club holds a special meaning for Gardell, who said he attended a club while he was growing up in New York City. He credits the organization for his later success in life, explaining that it enabled his to keep up with his athletics and later gain admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Under Armour Blue Basketball Shoes
Ruck owner David Gardell uses pig roast to benefit Troy Boys Girls Club
"It shows the younger generation how the community is living and who is in it," Gardell said. "If not for the people who took care of me when I was young, I wouldn't be here."
TROY While employees of The Ruck were doing all the work during an event to raise money for the Troy Boys Girls Club Saturday, David Gardell, the owner of the popular establishment located on Third Street said they didn't mind one bit.
"This is no problem for us, it's the least we could do," Gardell said. "Helping them out means the world to me."
"You don't need to be extravagant to make something happen. It's the people," Gardell said. "Seeing all the different people in Troy come, it lets us know we are doing it right."
emphasized on the community aspect of the event and how the bar was able to act as a community center. He explained that his family would connect around the dinner table, and hoped to bring the same atmosphere to the fundraiser.
was around a dinner table," Gardell said. "We want to bridge that gap of Under Armour High Tops Basketball being here as a bar but also wanting to build bridges in our community with people outside of the norm."
where he played football and rugby.
Saturday's pig roast was the third annual fundraiser The Ruck has held to benefit the TB After taking a glance at the crowd, Gardell was optimistic that this year's fundraiser would bring in more than $3,000, the amount raised during the two previous events.
It cost $10 for refreshments, a t shirt, and, of course, some of the two, 120 lb. pigs The Ruck's staff were busy cooking. It was a simple event, with Gardell adding that they don't need much to be successful.
Sharon Smith, executive director of the Troy Boys Girls Club, said the events held at The Ruck have been a great help in covering the club's overhead. She also praised DeCresente Distributing, one of the event's sponsors.
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Now, as a coach for the RPI rugby team, Gardell is not only able to attract football and rugby players to the event, but also encourage other students from the college to attend.
"All the proceeds go directly into the club to help pay the operating costs, which are very difficult to get grants for," Smith said. "It also helps pay the staff, utilities and helps sponsor kids who wouldn't be able to go otherwise."
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