Keys for Kids Doubles Down on Success

Jackie & Mark Lawrence tear up the dance floor. Photo by Taylor Bannister.

Jackie & Mark Lawrence tear up the dance floor. Photo by Taylor Bannister.

On June 24th and 25th the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County held their Fundraiser, Keys for Kids for the second year in a row, this time adding a second evening. Featuring a dueling piano show performed by Kirk Garrett and Rich Wyman of Killer Keyz, the event took place at La Conner Flats where the flowers and gardens were in full bloom, and the atmosphere was perfect for an evening outdoors.

Kirk and Rich got everyone out of their seats early, laughing and clapping, as they captured someone who was not so keen to be volunteered, to demonstrate a choreographed version of “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” by Three Dog Night. They were a good sport, though, and inspired everyone get energized for a night of fun. 

The dueling piano duo did a tremendous job of engaging the audience and encouraging guests to outbid song choices, and each other. During the show, guests had the opportunity to hear their song by placing a bid, with highest bid on songs played first. Anyone could stop the song playing by outmatching the bid by a dollar. On Friday evening, “Uptown Funk,” by Bruno Mars brought people to the dance floor, vying for their tempo and song, while 12 Variations of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” brought ovations from the audience. On Saturday, the hotly contested “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, brought angst as half of the room loved country and the other half absolutely hated it. In the end country won out with the most bids, a dance floor take over, and a boisterous sing along. 

Jazzelle Elias, Skagit County’s 2015 Youth of the Year, gave a compelling speech on how the Club changed her life when she needed it most, and other Club members followed her lead, learning how to speak confidently in front of a crowd. Representatives from Tesoro took a moment to confirm their commitment to fund STEM programs for the Clubs, commented on their belief that the Clubs are a very sound investment, and celebrated the singular impact the Clubs have in serving youth in the community. 

“It was a great event supported by a wonderful community who continues to make sure that we serve the kids that need us the most.” said Mark Lawrence, Board President for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. “Raising over $40,000 for both nights, it was a testament to our community’s support and to how delightful the Keys for Kids event is.” 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like to thank all those that gave their time and invested in Keys for Kids to support youth.

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