Business owner gives $25K to Bluffton Boys & Girls Club

A Bluffton business owner feels so strongly about what the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club does for local children that he recently donated $25,000 to the group.

Since moving to Bluffton in 2009, Energy One America owner John W. Guffey Jr. and his wife, Monique, have taken quite an interest in the club. Monique sat on this year's gala committee, and John has spent quality time with the young members. In fact, he hopes to visit them every week to teach a class on integrity.

"I think if we don't support our underprivileged children, we'll either pay for it now or we'll pay later, and the bill that we pay later will be very, very much higher," John said.

By donating $25,000, the foam insulation company took the No. 1 sponsor spot at the club's annual gala, which was held March 5 at the Colleton River Plantation Club.

Bluffton Boys & Girls Club director Molly Smith said this year's event was the most successful gala yet. She said John challenged others at the gala to step up and donate another $25,000, and they did -- and then some. The final numbers aren't in just yet, but Smith said the gala brought in at least $150,000 for the club.

The proceeds of the annual fundraiser will go toward operating costs.

"I'm really happy for the support that we have gotten, but it hasn't solved our problems," Smith said. "The economy is still a big issue. ... The support of the community -- that's what's going to keep us afloat."