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The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii has made it to the finals of a nationwide contest, for which the grand prize is a share of $100,000 and the expertise of home improvement expert Ty Pennington.

The club’s Windward Clubhouse for Kids is among 50 semifinalist projects in the “Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge,” selected from more than 320 entries submitted from 49 states.

Mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate is staging the competition to fund a project that will make a meaningful impact in its community, according to a statement.

Voting to narrow the entries down to six finalists is open through July 8. Entrants have submitted short videos detailing their projects which are linked on the Guaranteed Rate Facebook page for voting.

The six finalists will be announced July 15, and the first-place winner, to be announced Aug. 1, will receive $50,000, plus the expertise of Pennington for a day. The five remaining finalists each will receive $10,000 toward their projects.

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