2015 Gala ReCap

BGCSC-Gala-Event-07Champions for a Cause, Annual Gala a Success

Our “We Are The Champions” Gala, held Friday, November 6th at the Skagit Center, held to its’ theme, breaking another record and raising more than $150,000 to support the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Highlights of the evening included Representative Suzan DelBene reading from a Congressional Record entered into on behalf of 2015 Washington State Youth of the Year Justice Lively, an audience moved to tears by youth speakers, and plenty of fun to be had by all during the Social Hour and Live Auction. That it was a wonderful night, celebrating so many accomplishments of our Clubs, staff, board members, and volunteers over the last year, is especially fitting, especially since it will be our last official Gala.

Over the last few years, our fall fundraiser has become less of a swanky social event, and much more about the fun, and finding ways to integrate the presence of our youth appropriately – always a big hit amongst attendees. We’ve received great feedback as we continue to work on making our events premiere opportunities for engagement and participation, and this year, we worked hard to elicit even more information than ever, and had an extremely high rate of response. It confirmed what we knew, and some of it inspired consideration for a big change.

You’ll want to mark your calendars now for Friday, November 4th, 2016 for our Dinner and Auction, currently with a working theme of “Under the Big Top”. We are scaling back our silent auction to just 20 items and packages, incorporating more interactive stations, with each one of our Clubhouses hosting games similar to our popular “Go Fish” moments, and offering new opportunities for sponsors to get in on the fun. We’ve heard from you loud and clear that we do ‘fun’ well, so we’re going to turn it up a notch or two, or maybe ten. You’re in for a treat as we include more entertainment, and truly make it an entire night out on the town with the addition of ‘after-tizers’ and a live DJ for those who want the evening to continue just a bit longer.

It’s only because of the leadership of our Board of Directors, an incredible Gala committee, and our engaged sponsors that we can make this change, and do so knowing that we will be successful. Thanks to everyone for supporting our Clubs and the more than 1,500 youth we serve in Skagit County!

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We are so grateful for our Champions! Together we generated over $150,000 for Skagit County youth.  Read a full recap about a fantastic night

Thank you!

Hall of Famer – Title Sponsor $10,000
Dreamchasers RV

All-Stars $5,000
Barrett Financial – Community Giving Project
Judd & Black Appliance
K&H Print Solutions

MVP’s $2,500
Columbia Distributing
CPI Plumbing & Heating
Samish Indian Nation
Shell Corporation

Social Hour Sponsor $2,500
Avenue Catering

Draft Picks $1,500
Angel of the Winds Casino
Annette Booth – Allstate Insurance
Paul Evert’s RV Country
RIS Insurance Services
Skagit Bank
Strandberg Construction
Tesoro Corp
Valley Electric

Dessert Sponsor $1,000
Williams & Nulle

Image Enhancement Sponsor
Simmons Insurance Group


Community Investors

5th Avenue Theatre 

A&C Automotive 

Adara Salon & Spa 

All Rivers & Saltwater Charters Anacortes Automotive 

Anacortes Dive Shop 

Anacortes Kayak Tours 

Anacortes Pizza Factory 

Angel of the Winds Casino 

Annette Booth 

Ashley Home Furniture 

Avalon Golf Links 

Avenue Catering 

Azusa Farm & Garden 

Banfield Pet Hospital 

Barrett Financial 

Becky Taft 

Ben Vanderwerff 

Birch Rental & Sales 

Blade Chevy 

Boundary Bay Brewery 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties 

Brock Mullins Photography 

Burton Jewelers 


Cascade Cosmetic Center 

Cedar Creek Lumber 

Charles’ Fine Jewelry 

Christ the King Community Church 

Coastal Farm & Garden 

Columbia Distributing 

Columbia Point Golf Course 

CPI Plumbing & Heating 

Craft Stove 

Dad’s Diner 

Dale & Susan Ragan 

Deception Distillery 

Don Wick 

Dwayne Lane’s Ford 

E&E Lumber & Home Center 

Eaglemont Golf Course 

EDASC Elliott Tire & Service 

Embellish Enchanted Florist 

Envy Salon 

Experience Music Project 

Fidalgo Bay Coffee 


Glass Aquarium 


Hampton Inn 

Handbag Consignment Shop 

Heritage Bank 

Hidden Meadow Ranch 

Hughes Law Group 

The Faley Family

Il Granaio 

Janicki Logging & Construction 

Judd & Black 

K&H Print Solutions 

Karl’s Paints & Art Supplies

Katie Stamwitz

Kendle Barnard 

Kitty Hawk Bar & Grill 

Kris Tully 

Kyle Kendrick 

Knutzen Farms 

La Conner Country Inn & Channel Lodge 

Lee Mann Photography 

Leo Osborne 

Lickety Clips 

Lorenzo’s Mexican Restaurant 


Lin Tucker 

Mac Madenwald 

Maggie Potter 

Manresa Castle 

Mark Lawrence 

Matt Halliday

Matt Watrous 

Mexico Café 

Mike & Dianne Crawford 

Mike Gubrud 

Mt. Baker Gymnastics 

Museum of Northwest Art 

North Cove Coffee 

Northstar Stone & Landscape 

Overlook Golf Course 

Pat Barrett 

Pat Grenfell 

Pat Rimmer’s 

Les Schwab Tires 

Paul Thorne 

Pavé Jewelry & Design 

Per Dona Spa & Salon 

Puget Sound Energy 


RIS Insurance Services 

Riverside Health Club 

Roger Small 

Rolfson’s Home Furnishing 

Ron McHenry 


Samish Indian Nation 

Seattle Seahawks 

Shell Puget Sound Refinery 

Simmons Agency 

Skagit Bank 

Skagit Cycle Center 

Skagit Golf & Country Club 

Snohomish Skydive 


Stephanie Hooper

Steve Williams 

Strandberg Construction 

Strauss Jewelers 

Swinomish Casino & Golf Links 

Tammy Findlay 




The Apothecary Spa 

The Majestic Inn 

Tracy Dugas 

UW Husky Athletics 

Valley Electric 

Warren Walz 

Wendy Gray 

Woodland Park Zoo 

Yolanda Sakuma 

ZAP Pro Lube & Brake 


Gala Committee

Annette Booth, Allstate Insurance – Annette Booth Agency

Stephanie Hooper, Bayside Specialties, Inc.

Somer Damm, Skagit Publishing

Carole Straathof, Sedro-Woolley School District

Becky Taft, Skagit Bank

Kris Tully, SaviBank

Karen Pitt, SaviBank

Rebecca Murray, Skagit Media Marketing

Tina Asp, Image360

Raymond Goda, Dreamchasers RV of Burlington

Tom Pasma, Double S Quarter Horses, Inc

Ian Faley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

Ron McHenry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County


Board of Directors

Stephanie Hooper, President

Mark Lawrence, Vice President

Mike Gubrud, Vice President

Becky Taft, Treasurer

Carrie Wallace, Secretary

Annette Booth, Past-President

Karen Ray, Marketing Committee Chair

Pat Barrett, Resource Development Committee Chair

Dr. Carl Bruner, Member

Kelly Tuohig, Member

Tom Pasma, Member

Mark Lione, Member

Holly Shannon, Member


Volunteers & Staff

Brian Ace

Sarah Arquitt

Noah Bannister

Taylor Bannister

Kelly Bowden

Renee Buchanan

Teresa Cardenas

Josh Carpenter

Marna Carpenter

Shane Collins

Addrienne Deen

Rep. Susan DelBene

Caleb Dobey

Patrick Dougher

Tracy Dugas

Jennifer Durney

Cory Ertel

KJ Evans

Tammy Findlay

Ashley Flores

Angela Freeberg

John Garman

Matt Gill

Pat Grenfell

Heather Hoppes

Roland King

Liz Klenke

Andrea Locati

Rob Martin

Sarah Murphy

Noah Richards

Rebecca Shotton

Skagit Venture Club

Katie Stamwitz

James Tangaro

Warren Walz

Andrew Worcester

Bailey Wyles


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