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Kevin Bartlett, Noelia Guadalupe Bare-Mobley and Douglas Naffah Inducted Into Alumni Hall of Fame

November 15, 2019

Kevin Bartlett, Noelia Guadalupe Bare-Mobley and Douglas Naffah have been inducted into the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Alumni Hall of Fame. Established to honor the personal and professional achievements of some of the club's notable graduates, the Alumni Hall of Fame inspires youth members who are striving to make their own mark in the community and beyond.

"We congratulate Kevin, Noelia and Doug, who join the 71 previous members of our Alumni Hall of Fame," said Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. "For our kids, the names on the Alumni Hall of Fame wall signify that the way to a better life is through hard work. Such positive role models are critically important, and we are fortunate to have so many representing the best of what the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence stands for."

Bartlett attended UMass Lowell, where he played on the men's baseball and basketball teams. He has owned Multi Security Systems in Wakefield for 38 years, and coaches the Lawrence American Legion baseball team.

Bartlett donated and installed the club's security and camera systems, which he maintains along with its fire alarm system. He says it is a "pleasure to give back."

"I loved being at the club, and I can't imagine growing up without it," Bartlett said. "There are so many wonderful people in the Alumni Hall of Fame, and I'm humbled and extremely grateful to be among them."

Bare-Mobley, the 2004 National Youth of the Year finalist, double-majored in English and mathematics at Merrimack College before earning her MBA from Emory University. She is a marketing brand manager for Similac at Abbott Nutrition.

"The club helped me realize and cultivate the potential that I didn't know was inside of me," she said. "When I thought I couldn't do something, or that I was not worth it, the club was there for me. It provided an outlet for me to express myself, and it broadened my perspective on the impact I could have on all types of people."

Naffah earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from UMass Lowell. He is president of Naffah & Company, P.C., a regional CPA firm based in North Andover which has served clients throughout New England for more than 30 years.

In his acceptance speech, Naffah paid tribute to his family, the club staff members who treated him like family and the many lessons learned from them: Get going. Listen up. Practice. Try it again. Be on time. Pay attention. You can do it. Have fun. Finish the game.

He closed the evening with a special message for the donors who keep the club's doors open. Youth members pay a $40 annual fee, but the actual cost of programming and supper each night exceeds $850 per child - with little government funding to bridge the gap.

"For those with charitable leanings, consider the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence," he urged. "Charity begins at home, and it's our duty to help the club remain a home-away-from-home for the next generation of kids."

 

Did You Know?

In the past 10 years 1,300 girls have participated in our teen-pregnancy prevention program and only two (0.2%) have become pregnant as teenagers.