Breakfast ReCap – March 16, 2016


2015 Youth of the Year, Jazzelle Elias addresses the crowd

As if a 7:00am start time wasn’t early enough, so enthusiastic are the supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, that community leaders began assembling at McIntyre Hall at 6:30am on Wednesday, March 16th for the Annual Breakfast for GREAT Kids.

Greeted by Club kids from all over Skagit County, participants filled the room to near capacity. Ensuring the atmosphere was electric, Club members took to the stage to share, quite personally, how the Club and its’ staff and programs had affected their lives.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year, Jazzelle Elias shared about her life before and after the Club, furthering her preparation for the State Youth of the Year event to be held on March 30. She spoke of growing up in Temecula, CA where they really could have used a Boys & Girls Club. Before she moved to Sedro-Woolley, it wasn’t uncommon for Jazzelle to walk by used needles, and her neighborhood, specifically her own housing complex which she refers to as the ‘cheap apartments’, was riddled with substance abusers. “Because my family was poor we lived in cheap apartments, where the majority of residents used drugs, drank heavily, or both. Maybe this was because they lived in cheap apartments, or maybe they lived in cheap apartments because of their addictions,” Elias says in her speech. Club members Karen Gallardo, Claire Severin, Hallie Simpson, and Paula Banda—all Youth of the Year participants—also served as featured speakers at the event.

Thanks to incredible support from sponsors, including Title Sponsor K& H Integrated Printing Solutions, Leadership Sponsor Skagit Transportation, and Table Sponsors Skagit Bank, The Carter Ryberg Group/Baird Private Wealth Management, Farmers Insurance – Mike Gubrud, Bayside Specialties, Inc., Chad Fisher Construction, Skagit Aggregates, LLC, Sims Honda, Barrett Financial Community Giving Project, Allstate Insurance – Annette Booth, and Williams & Nulle Certified Public Accountants, all expenses for the Breakfast were underwritten, so that all funds raised could go directly to impacting the youth who need Clubs most in Skagit County. 

Announced at the Breakfast was this year’s recipient of the G.R.E.A.T. Award, Mike Gubrud. The acronym stands for Generous, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Advocate, and Thoughtful. A Mariner’s fanatic, avid golfer, and a member of the Clubs’ Board of Directors for nearly 10 years, Mr. Gubrud gleaned his passion from the early involvement of his own parents—who were first second generation recipients.

One of the underling themes of this year’s Breakfast is Legacy—both interns of the Legacy of involvement of so many donors, volunteers, and civic leaders, but also the Legacy our youth hope to achieve through their own impact. Philanthropy was in abundance, as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County raised more than $105,000 that morning.

“We are so thankful for our community who supports our Clubs and sees the impact made on more than 1,600 youth each year,” said Mark Lawrence, Board President for the organization. “It was a wonderful morning of fellowship, and our kids did a tremendous job!”

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