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Celebrating 20 Years

Join us at the Club in Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes, or Mount Vernon for a Birthday Party from 4-6pm to celebrate 20 years in Skagit County.

Birthday Party at the Clubs

celebrating 20 years in Skagit County
    Please select the Club you plan to visit. You are welcome to attend more than one Club's party.

Help us build the next 20 years! It’s incredible what has been accomplished over the last 20 years through the dedication and hard work of the Skagit County community. The work continues. With your help we can continue to enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Great Futures Gala

We are honored to welcome special guest speaker, Evander Holyfield, as we kickoff our reimagined fall event, the “Great Futures Gala”, to be held at DreamchasersRV in Burlington.

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Dinner with Friends

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Keys for Kids

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Annual Campaign for GREAT Kids

Many of you had the pleasure of attending our Youth of the Year Dinner & our Dinner with Friends events, and were inspired by the personal stories told by our Youth of the Year program participants. Our Annual Campaign will continue up to our Annual Breakfast on March 15, where we will celebrate our work together. We humbly ask that you consider a contribution, and spread the word about the GREAT legacy of Clubs.

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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 www.skagitclubs.org.

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 drapervalleyfarms.com.

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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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Subaru Share the Love Event

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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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Youth of the Year

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Dinner with Friends is each Club’s kickoff event for our Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year Program, and an opportunity to recognize and honor Club kids. Hosted by our members, you’ll experience presentations by our Skagit County Youth of the Year hopefuls, among others, and enjoy a lovely dinner. Tickets are available online for each event(use the menu on the right), or RSVP to Ian Faley at ifaley@skagitclubs.org or 360-419-3723×7.

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Cargill Animal Nutrition Recommits to support Clubs

cargillBoys & Girls Club members recently made a visit to Cargill Animal Nutrition, in Burlington, to thank the staff team there for the renewed $3,500 investment on behalf of the 1,600+ youth members who attend the after-school & summer programs at the Clubs. Meeting with the manager, Andrew St. Lawrence, and many others from the mill team, Club members were able to talk about their favorite programs, what brought them to the Clubs, and the impact that they saw through the Club opportunities. “We share a common, and central passion—healthy lifestyles, and a grounded understanding of nutrition, and its effect on our wellbeing. Cargill has been a great partner,” John Garman, the Clubs’ Director of STEM Initiatives, remarked. “It’s great to work with companies who share our passion for youth, who focus on the healthy lifestyles of our communities, and who focus on nutritional science—from animals to people.”

Cargill Animal Nutrition, as an international leader in agriculture, nutrition, and feed products has been operating for more than 150 years. With a local mill operating in Burlington, and providing innovative animal nutrition solutions for most of the region, Cargill is one of the lead feed producers in Skagit County. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with Cargill is focused on Healthy Lifestyles programs, and reinforcing the habits & discussion of what leads to healthy lives, and healthy communities.”

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