Monthly Archives: December 2016

Draper Valley Farms continues Healthy Lifestyles support for Clubs

As part of its commitment to enrich the lives of children in the community, Draper Valley Farms has awarded a $7,500 grant to help Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County provide at-risk children a foundation for achieving healthy lifestyles.

Through its Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the Draper Valley grant will fund the Boys & Girls Clubs programs, with special focus on Healthy Lifestyles. The Healthy Lifestyles initiative — one of three Priority Outcomes at the Club — engages youth in constructive learning activities that stress the importance of healthy eating, maintaining a balanced diet, practicing self-control when making food choices and decisions, and the importance of pursuing and maintaining habits that are constructive. The other Priority Outcomes programs focus on academic success and good character and citizenship.

“As we are serving at capacity (averaging more than 100 children per day), we see an incredible demand in Mount Vernon for positive, structured programming after-school and during the summer, and we deliver the best programs, with incredible results,” said Angela Freeberg, area director in Mount Vernon. “Partnering with Draper Valley, and our other community supporters, we are able to bring that impact to the kids who need us.”

“For many years, the Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County has been a strong educational and community partner in Mount Vernon and throughout the county,” said Mark Knight, Draper Valley Farms’ director of operations. “We are committed to making a difference in the community through partnerships like this, and proud to continue our support so that area children, including those of some of our own associates, learn the value of a healthy lifestyle.”

As Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Ron McHenry explains, “With the support of Draper Valley Farms, there is a great opportunity to continue teaching our youth about what goes into their food, what is involved in local farming, and what impact a great local business is able to have on the community. Going beyond the short chats about eating a balanced diet, this type of support from Draper Valley enables us to talk forcefully about why our priority outcomes programs matter in the lives of our youth, and in our community.

Healthy Lifestyles ultimately deals with choices and commitments, and what those choices can help the program accomplish. “When we ask our kids what it means to commit to health, they come to understand that the question is much more than just a discussion of food. As we center each of our Club activities to be fun and engaging, but also formative, in terms of their character, skills, and appreciation of the world around them, we establish the focus on how all three outcomes are united, and can lead to incredible results.”

Operating after-school each day, all six Clubs located in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro Woolley, are seeing incredible numbers since the start of the school year, according to McHenry. 

“The support from Draper Valley Farms is a great example of how the partnership between local businesses and the Clubs serve the youth, create the opportunity for collaboration, and enable much greater discussion about the different jobs, skills, and demands there are throughout the community.”

About the Boys and Girls Clubs of Skagit County

At the Boys and Girls Clubs of Skagit County, our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Our core belief is that each of our four clubs provides our members a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity. The Clubs serve more than 1,600 youth at facilities in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs, visit

About Draper Valley Farms

Draper Valley Farms has been a Northwest tradition since 1935, and today we remain singularly focused on providing carefully raised, fresh, local chicken to the Northwest. Our brands include DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® organic chicken, RANGER® free-range chicken and DRAPER VALLEY FARMS® no-antibiotics-ever chicken. With farms in Washington and Oregon, a feed mill in Washington and our processing plant in Mount Vernon, Washington, our chicken is raised, locally processed and locally available. To learn more, visit

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Give the Gift of a Great Future

Give the Gift of a Great Future

Consider supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County with your end of year, tax deductible, charitable giving. Your donation will allow us to continue to offer outcome driven, curriculum based programs to the over 1,700 youth in Skagit County.

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Youth of the Year

Registration is Full. Thank you for your Support!

Youth of the Year
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

6:30pm. Dinner served.
Our Youth of the Year Program will be presented during Dinner,
with an Award Ceremony to follow.
Located at: Eaglemont Golf Course
(4800 Eaglemont Drive. Mount Vernon, WA 98274)

To secure your reservation use the registration form from the menu on the right or

RSVP to Ian Faley at
360-202-9021 or email
Seating is limited.
There is no charge to attend the event.

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Youth of the Month – December 2016

Boy of the Month

Wyatt W., age 9

Wyatt attends Mt. Erie Elementary and has been a member since 2013. He has strived to earn Youth of the Month for quite some time and we are honored to award it to him because of his improvements in sportsmanship and character development. Wyatt spends his time participating in Triple Play, Healthy Habits, and gamesroom tournaments. 


Girl of the Month

Dakota G., age 7

A Club member since 2013, Dakota attends Fidalgo Elementary and is a daily presence at the Club. She enjoys reading in the learning center and making different crafts in the art room. Dakota always treats other Club members with respect and is eager to help staff when needed.



Teen of the Month

Orion S., age 15

Orion attends Anacortes High and has been a Club member since 2013. Its enough that he is eager to help, but Orion is always eager to help. He helps around the teen center without being asked, which is a wonderful example of his character.



Homework All-Star

Marley B., age 9

Its one thing to enjoy getting your homework done at the Club, but Marley really enjoys getting her getting her work done. She always is one of the first members in the Power Hour room and has fun working with her peers. Marley was able to buy a bunch of prizes from at the Power Hour Store this month with all the points she has earned.




Triple Play MVP

Jordan F., age 8

Jordan went to Triple Play activities more than any other member this month! Her favorite games are Proball and Four Square. She has also made it to all of the Dodgeball teams games this past season.



STEM Superstar

Dylan G., age 11

Dylan has spend more time in coding and STEM activities than any other Club member. He has gotten quite good at building his own video games and has been able to develop some fairly handy skills through the program.



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Sedro-Woolley Eagles Aerie 2069 and Club Teens hold BBQ Fundraiser

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-10-40-19-amEvery 4th of July the Sedro-Woolley Eagles Aerie 2069 and teens from the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club put on a barbecue fundraiser. This past year they were able to add an extra day, during the Eagles Car Show on July 2nd, thanks to a generous donation from Janicki Industries. All the profit from the barbecue is donated to the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. 
“I always look forward to earning money for The Club” said Kindred Marden. He is the president of the Woolley Teens Keystone Club, which is a community service and fundraising program that is part of the Teen Center. “Best burgers around!” said Hallie Simpson, Keystone Club Vice President. 
Over $2,900 was earned from the barbecue plus an additional $500 from a raffle held at the car show. The Eagles Auxiliary also donated $300 to the Teen Center. The money will be used for supplies for the Teen Center and field trips. “These are the hardest working kids I’ve seen. I’m proud to be associated with them,” said Bill Wartchow, President of the Sedro-Woolley Eagles. 
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Winter Break


Attention Parents: Next week, Sedro-Woolley will be open Dec 19-22 and Anacortes will be open Dec 19-23. 

La Conner and Mount Vernon will be closed Dec 19-23. 

All Clubs will be closed Dec 26-30.

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Subaru Share the Love Event


Our friends at Dwayne Lane’s Skagit Subaru are participating in Subaru’s Share the Love Event. Purchase or lease a new Subaru before January 3 and Subaru will donate $250, on your behalf, to the Clubs.

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