Event to include FREE country concert in conjunction with World Series of Team Roping
The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts a night of great food and music at Cowboys & Crawfish, Saturday, June 22, at the Out of Town Park in Fernley. The inaugural event includes a FREE country concert featuring: Joey Carmon and Kentucky Blue, HomeMade Jam and Against the Grain.
The family friendly event runs from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. in conjunction with the World Series of Team Roping at the Fernley Rodeo Grounds. The event includes a special crawfish eating contest open to contestants. Food concessions include items such as BBQ Chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, and of course a specialty crawfish plate. Bar service is provided by Pioneer Crossing Casino.
Cowboys & Crawfish is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows in Fernley. The Club operates before and afterschool programming at four school sites in Fernley during the school year and a summer day camp program and Teen Center at the Fernley Intermediate School.
For more information about Cowboys & Crawfish or the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows in Fernley please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437) or visit www.BGCTM.org.
Executive Board recommends United Construction as general contractor for the project
The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows officially breaks ground on the new William N. Pennington Facility, June 4 at 11 a.m. The groundbreaking ceremony will include City of Reno officials, foundation partners and members of the Club’s board of directors to start the construction phase of the project for the new 55,000-square foot facility scheduled to be completed by summer 2014.
The new Pennington Boys & Girls Club Facility located on Foster Drive will serve the needs of the immediate southwest Reno neighborhood and many nearby schools. The facility is expected to serve more than 3,000 youth annually, an increase of 27 percent of the Club’s current membership of 11,000 youth.
“This piece of property has been serving youth and families for more than 50 years and we are very excited to bring those services back to the community,” said Mike Wurm, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “This exciting new chapter for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is due to the generosity of our local foundations and the City of Reno.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Executive Board of Directors accepted the recommendation by the Club’s Facilities Committee for United Construction (Reno, NV) to serve as the general contractor for the project. The full board of directors will vote to approve the action item at the monthly board meeting this week.
To date, funding for the new Pennington Facility has come primarily from local foundations and a handful of local businesses. The Club is now beginning a community-wide fundraising campaign to solicit gifts from individuals, families, corporations and other foundations to raise the final funds needed for the project. The Pennington Facility provides various naming opportunities including wings, gymnasium courts, rooms, climbing wall, donor wall and a brick display. The Club is selling $100, $250 and $500 bricks with custom messages that will be in the ground-level brick (paver) display in front of the new building. Visit www.BGCTM.org/BRICKS to design and purchase bricks.
For more information about the new William N. Pennington Boys & Girls Club Facility including naming and sponsorship opportunities please call the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows at (775) 331-KIDS (5437) or visit www.BGCTM.org.
Message from Mike Wurm, Chief Professional Officer . . .
We are coming into a very interesting time for the community and the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. After the YMCA left the area several years ago, the community has had to fill a void. No one entity has been able to do that by themselves. We have done our part by reaching children that were being served by the YMCA by reopening some of the school sites they occupied. We also significantly increased our sports league offerings to try and accommodate the need for our youth. To date, these strategies have been successful, but as we have grown into these new areas, it is quite evident that there is even more to do.
That is where this new building project comes into play. Because of the generosity of the William N. Pennington Foundation, we have been able to go into the community and raise funds needed to build a new Boys & Girls Club in the footprint of the old YMCA location at 1300 Foster Drive. Most of the funding to date for the building project and immediate sustainability has come from local foundations. While we still have money to raise for the remaining capital for the building, once the construction of the new building is complete the next challenge begins: long term sustainability.
We have diversified our funding streams significantly over the last 10 years, trying to be careful not to rely on any one source too heavily. But, as we move into the start of construction and by the spring of 2014, the completion of the Boys & Girls Club on Foster Drive, it is imperative that we raise the final funds for this important project through community support from local businesses, families and individuals. If you are interested in being a part of the new Boys & Girls Club facility on Foster Drive please contact me at (775) 331-5437.
As we enter the busy summer season at the Boys & Girls Club, it’s a good reminder of how many kids’ lives will be changed by the new Pennington facility. Your continued support will allow staff to reach more kids through fun, purposeful programming. It will give more kids the opportunity to interact with enthusiastic, caring adults and opportunities to make good decisions, moving one step closer to becoming productive, caring citizens in our community.
A special thanks to all the board, volunteers and staff that work so hard to keep our organization moving forward and fulfilling the mission of serving those kids in our community that need us the most.
For the kids,
Chief Professional Officer
The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will hold its annual Kickoff to Summer & BBQ, Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Club’s Donald W. Reynolds Facility at 2680 E. Ninth Street. This year’s pirate-theme event features food, face-painting, bounce houses, art projects, and more. Attendees should come dressed in their best pirate garb as prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the first 300 kids will receive a FREE bag.
The Club will also offer FREE annual memberships during the event, with parent orientations in English and Spanish. Orientations are required for new and renewing members.
The Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp program begins June 10 and runs through the week of August 5.
Click here for Summer Camp program information.