Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ford Donates $72,600 to Feed Boys and Girls As Holidays Approach

Interim Club Director, Shane Collins with Tom Lane and members of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club

Interim Club Director, Shane Collins with Tom Lane and members of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club

Tom Lane of North Cascade Ford stopped recently stopped by the Sedro-Woolley Club with a check for $1000 as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $72,600 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry—especially as the holidays approach. Each of the Clubs in Skagit County will receive $1000 each from the Ford Fund. 

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A Week of Reverie

Tonight we begin my favorite part of the year, kicking things off with a week of Dinners with Friends in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley. The purpose of these simple events isn’t to raise money, but instead awareness, of all that Clubs do in their communities to effect change in the lives of the youth ages 6-18 we serve each year. 

It’s a night that belongs to our members, as they serve in various capacities, presenting awards to one another, and speaking as they complete the Club-level Youth of the Year, and Jr. Youth of the Year process. It is their first official step in a process that includes a retreat in Ellensburg in January with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, and then our Youth of the Year Dinner on Wednesday, January 27th. That night one member will be crowned Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, and follow in the footsteps of Justice Lively, who became the first Club kid from Skagit County to earn the Washington State Youth of the Year title in 2015.

Throughout this process, our Club kids can earn a minimum of $500 in College Scholarships for being selected to represent their Club, an additional $1,500 for representing the organization, and another $5,000 at the State level. Should they be successful regionally, they earn $40,000 more in scholarships, and a trip to the White House to participate nationally. 

Historically, Washington State has had a very strong representation for Youth of the Year, many times earning the Pacific-West Region honor, therefore all our kids certainly have their work cut out for them. We know they will represent our communities well, and the growth that occurs in their lives as they transition through this process is tangible. Confidence, new public speaking and interview skills, attention to detail, work place preparation – the development happens and forever changes the lives and trajectories of those who participate.

For now though, I just look forward to hearing the stories from these dynamic teens and tweens as they courageously stand in front of strangers and their peers, share their challenges, and how the Club has helped them to overcome the many obstacles presented to them. Seeing all the kids win their awards and simply beam with pride and enthusiasm renews my own energy and passion to work harder so that we can ensure we stay focused strong on our mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. With what I know I will see in the next week, we are doing just that.

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Youth of the Month – November 2015

Dylan G., age 10

Dylan has been a member since 2014 and attends Fidalgo Elementary School. An active club member, Dylan can be found all over the club, participating in Triple Play, the Art Room, Power Hour, and Junior Staff. Dylan is one of the nicest kids around and is always keen to help staff.

 
Dylan

Dylan

     

Hannah S., age 11

Hannah attends Fidalgo Elementary and has been a club member since 2014. Hannah has proven herself to be a leader at the club, especially when it comes to being a Junior Staff. She enjoys playing gym games as well as spending time in Power Hour.

 
Hannah

Hannah

     

Kyle T., age 14

Kyle has been a club member since 2007 and attends Anacortes High School. Kyle is the most helpful and inquisitive teen in the known universe. He has been especially helpful with our larger events and has shown to be a great role model for our club members. 

 
Kyle

Kyle

 

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“We Are The Champions” Annual Gala & Auction

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The Rick Golf Classic benefits Skagit Boys & Girls Clubs

Colleen Smiley (Owner of Creative Celebrations), Mike Gubrud (Board Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County), Scooter the Beer Guy, & Ron McHenry (Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County)

Colleen Smiley (Owner of Creative Celebrations), Mike Gubrud (Board Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County), Scooter the Beer Guy, & Ron McHenry (Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County)

Rick “The Peanutman” Kaminski, a Seattle sport icon lent his notoriety to advance many charitable causes, but was especially fond of the Skagit Clubs. Scooter the Beer Guy is working to see that “The Peanutman’s” legacy continues as he stopped by our Administration office this last October to deliver welcome news. Scooter is the Chief Beverage Officer for STB Industries and the VP and Treasurer for the Rick the Peanutman Foundation. He can be seen lending his celebrity status at many sports events and fundraisers throughout the state. With an infectious, cheerful disposition, Scooter knows how to get the crowd into the spirit of the moment and was a great help to us as the bartender and auction spotter at our 2014 Gala. As the VP for the Rick the Peanutman Foundation, Scooter manages one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, the Rick Golf Classic held at the Nile Shrine Golf Center in Mount Lake Terrace, WA. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is the main beneficiary of this fundraiser that brings talented golfers together from all over the country. In its first year, the Classic brought in $750 for the Clubs. News of the event has spread and the funds generated this year has more than tripled at $3,000. We are very grateful to the Rick the Peanutman Foundation for their support, and honored to see Rick Kaminski’s wishes validated. 

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