Summerville BJ's hitting a home run with Ladson Youth Organization, Tom Conley Park
The community is already feeling the impact of the new BJ's Wholesale Club in Summerville, and the new membership warehouse retail store isn't even scheduled to open until next month.
By the time the store opens in June, it's corporate office believes it will have pumped nearly $300,000 into Summerville area community organizations. Much more is in the works as groups can also benefit from BJ's Fuel your Fundraiser program.
With Fuel your Fundraiser, groups can raise up to $100,000. For every person who becomes a new BJ's member through that option, $5 will be donated to the associated charity.
It's a big deal for large and small organizations alike, and groups like Ladson Youth Organization at Tom Conley Park are already seeing the benefit. Between a $10,000 donation from BJ's and just under $2,500 raised through the Fuel your Fundraiser program, more changes are being made at the ballpark still in need of some TLC after a large donation and visit from the Cal Ripken Foundation and Scotts last year.
In a Facebook post made on the page of Tom Conley Park, it was shared the donations from BJ's played a role in getting restrooms at the complex operational again. That post and others on the page praise the BJ's membership program and thank all those who have purchased memberships with Ladson Youth Organization as the benefactor.
ABC News 4 has reached out to Ladson Youth Organization for comment, but we have not heard back.
BJ's spokesperson Kristy Houston said the youth sports organization is one of several local organizations seeing major benefits from the Fuel your Fundraiser program.
"BJ’s is focused on nourishing communities and helping families thrive," Houston said.
In addition to the $10,000 donation made to Ladson Youth Organization, BJ's has also made what Houston describes as "significant contributions" to Summerville DREAM, Summerville YMCA and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Also, more than 140 school projects in 61 local schools have seen funds through DonorsChoose.org.
Saturday during the grand opening of the BJ's gas station, the company plans to present a donation to Meals on Wheels.