Ross Helps Youth of the Year Dress for Success

left to right front row: Liza Reed, Jazzelle Elias (2015 Skagit County Youth of the Year) back: Stephanie Benson, DeAnna Isaacs, Patrick Dougher (Sedro-Woolley Club Teen Coordinator), Emma Mesman (Jazzelle’s Friend)

left to right front row: Liza Reed, Jazzelle Elias (2015 Skagit County Youth of the Year)
back: Stephanie Benson, DeAnna Isaacs, Patrick Dougher (Sedro-Woolley Club Teen Coordinator), Emma Mesman (Jazzelle’s Friend)

On Tuesday, February 9th, the 2015 Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year, Jazzelle Elias was treated to a shopping spree at the local Ross Store in Burlington, made possible by the Kevin Oliver Memorial Leadership Award. Part of Jazzelle’s upcoming journey as the County’s representative will include attending the Washington State Youth of the Year event in March, where other candidates from the state will come together in hopes for the State Youth of the Year title. 

Most of Jazzelle’s preparation for that day will involve practicing her speeches and honing her interview skills, but on the day of the event it will also be important to look her professional best. When it came to the question of where to shop it was decided to seek the advice of the well-versed fashionistas at the local Ross store.

Currently Ross stores across the nation are in the midst of a fundraising campaign in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, by inviting their customers to donate money at the register. Last year the Burlington Ross store generated over $4.2k for the Skagit County Clubs, generating far more funds than other stores of their same size and population base. This year they hope to go beyond that number and are really pushing each other to make the extra effort. The Ross employees at the Burlington store expressed how much they appreciate the challenge of raising funds for the Clubs and that it does much to boost employee moral. “We love that we get to do something important for the community” said Ross employee, Stephanie Benson. The campaign will last until February 27th, with funds raised focused on Power Hour, which provides after-school homework help at the Clubs.

The Kevin Oliver Memorial Leadership Award was established in 2014 to help recognize one youth each year who demonstrates the virtues of courage, perseverance, and humility, as exemplified in good character & leadership. This annual award, dedicated to the memory of Kevin Oliver, son of Terry & Vince Oliver. This year’s award was granted to Skagit County Youth of the Year, Jazzelle Elias, as a way of enabling her participation in the State Youth of the Year program, and providing the opportunity for continued growth & maturation.

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