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BARRELS & BITES EVENT BENEFITS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF TRUCKEE MEADOWS

Northern Nevada’s premier event for wine, beer, spirit and food connoisseurs

One of Northern Nevada’s most celebrated events returns Sept. 26 with a new moniker, Barrels & Bites (formerly named Vintage Nevada). The ultimate festival of drinks and auction runs from 5 – 8 p.m. at the TuscanyBarrels & Bites Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is the official benefactor of the 24th annual event where attendees enjoy hundreds of specialty wines, beers and spirits, alongside a large selection of hors d’oeuvres and desserts and partake in silent and live auctions. The event organized by Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada raises funds for the Club, which serves more than 12,000 children annually in northern Nevada. Tickets are available online at www.BarrelsandBites.com for $50; $65 at the door.

“This event has evolved into the most amazing experience of fine wine, spirits and beer to be had in northern Nevada,” said Tony King, general manager, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. “Each year we are excited to raise the bar on the event and additional funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.”

The 24th annual event features wines from around the world, specialty beers, ales, lagers and premium liquors from a variety of purveyors. Barrels & Bites also offers attendees festive hors d’oeuvres and elegant desserts from Reno’s finest casino restaurateurs and retail establishments as well as exciting auctions including culinary trips, VIP winery visits and other cultural experiences. In addition, all Barrels & Bites attendees receive free admission to Edge Nightclub following the event.

Barrels & Bites tickets can be purchased online or at these retail locations: L’Uva Bella Wine Shop, both Whispering Vine Wine Shops, Ben’s on Lakeside and Ben’s on South Virginia. In Carson City, tickets can be purchased at Aloha Discount Liquor Store.

For more information about Barrels & Bites please visit www.BarrelsandBites.com or contact Donna Wylie, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada at (775) 353-5314.

Marge’s Camp 2014 Recap – A Great Adventure

By Jake Herringshaw, Athletics Coordinator and Kelli Beaulieu, Athletic Director

2014 Marge's Camp Marge’s Camp, the Club’s traditional stay-over in the great outdoors summer camp concluded at the end of July with rave reviews from campers. More than 300 Boys & Girls Club members participated in the 9th annual Marge’s Camp experience. The two week adventure was broken down into three sessions including a girl’s week, boy’s week, and a week for the Reno Ballers Program. Each week members were prepped and loaded on buses at the DWR facility and transported to camp. Once members arrived they were split up into seven different camp sites with Boys & Girls Club staff members serving as senior counselors and Leaders In Training members as junior counselors. Shortly after the campers are settled in the real adventure begins . . .

On the first day of camp all campers and counselors head out to the swimming pool for their swim tests. Those who did not pass are given swimming lessons throughout the week in hopes of passing the test before they depart Marge’s Camp. This year more than 260 youth were able to pass the swim test by the end of camp. Throughout the next three days campers participated in a series of rotations that included Packer Lake, the swimming pool, S.M.A.R.T. (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves, outdoor education, sports, fitness and arts and crafts. This year Packer Lake gave kids the opportunity to not only swim and canoe, but to learn how to paddle board. Campers also got an opportunity to learn about the woods in the new outdoor education program. Campers learned how to make and read sun dials, learned about nursing logs, and the differences in soil erosion.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding The enrichment activities did not end there. In the revamped S.M.A.R.T. Moves program lessons, campers were introduced to impactful lessons covering fitness, healthy eating, and bullying vs. respect. Upon completion of Smart Moves campers got a chance to get creative with arts and crafts. This year featured some new projects including the making of survival bracelets, bird houses, and sand art, while also keeping the tradition of creating their own tie-dye T-shirt. Each day campers had the opportunity to play volleyball, basketball, corn-hole, and disk golf. We wrapped each week up on the final day with a six-mile hike to Deer Lake. After reaching this beautiful lake, campers ate lunch and swam in the crystal clear water to cool down before the journey back down the mountain.

The simplicity of a campfire, a hike, and a lake ties this amazing adventure together for the members of the Boys & Girls Club. During the last night each group of campers are encouraged to stand before their peers and express what camp means to them and explain their experience. The overwhelming message from all of the campers is one of great appreciation for the opportunity to experience this overnight camp. Marge’s Camp is magical, and brings perspective to youth on what is truly important in life . . . supportive relationships, friendship, and growth for oneself.

Tickets on sale for Barrels & Bites, Sept. 26

Barrels & Bites, presented by Southern Wine and Spirits, is northern Nevada’s premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. The event takes place Friday, Sept. 26 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel. In addition to more than 500 wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and fantastic cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction rounds out the event with all proceeds from the evening benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Barrels & Bites

Tickets are only $50 in advance, $65 at the door. In addition to event entry, each ticket grants free admission to the after party at Edge Nightclub to keep the festivities going. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.barrelsandbites.com or contact Allyson Bolton, (775) 360-2448 or abolton@bgctm.org.

DRINK WINE
Over 500 wines from around the world; plus boutique wines, trendy varietals and impressive labels

SIP ON SPIRITS
Ultra-smooth whiskies, premium vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and specialty cocktails

INDULGE IN A FAVORITE BEER
Internationally renowned specialty ales and lagers

EXPERIENCE CULINARY CREATIONS
Festive hors d’oeuvres, entrees and elegant desserts

BID ON AMAZING AUCTION ITEMS
Culinary trips, cultural experiences, VIP winery visits, collectible wines and more

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Free admission to Edge Nightclub following the event

Purchase tickets today at www.barrelsandbites.com!

Great Futures Campaign launches

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recently set-up its 21st area location underneath the iconic Reno Arch during Hot August Nights, the region’s largest special event. This local Great Futures Rally (pop-up Club) was part of the national launch of the Great Futures Campaign for Boys & Girls Club of AmericaGreat Futures Rally

The Great Futures Campaign is an initiative to mobilize the country in support of kids and empower our nation’s youth to achieve success. The Campaign looks to elevate the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s chance for a great future. Every day, 15 million kids leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.

As a leading advocate for youth, Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide want to ensure every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the right path. Through the Great Futures Campaign, the Boys & Girls Club wants to transform the future of our kids, community and country.

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign please visit www.GreatFutures.org 

Events Calendar

09/20/2014
More than 2,500 children and families will gather at the Reno High School Football Field (across from the new Pennington Facility), Sept. 20, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows 13th Annual Day for Kids. Join the festivities for a FREE barbecue lunch, games, bounce houses, face painting, entertainment, FREE T-shirts and prizes, FREE Club memberships and educational vendors offering information and community services – all at no charge to the public. For information on sponsor and vendor opportunities please contact Allyson Bolton, (775) 360-2448 or abolton@bgctm.org.
09/26/2014
Barrels & Bites benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is northern Nevada’s premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. In addition to more than 500 wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and fantastic cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction rounds out the event with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Event presented by Southern Wine and Spirits. For ticket information visit www.barrelsandbites.com.