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BGCTM Receives $7,500 Contribution from Amerigroup Nevada and its Foundation at Day for Kids Event

Amerigroup Check PresentationAmerigroup Nevada and its foundation contributed a total of $7,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows to improve the health and well-being of youth in Reno, Sparks and Fernley. As Nevada’s kids and teens head back to school, through this contribution, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows provides them with critical programming during after-school time that provides a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle.

“Kids and teens today face a variety of challenges when it comes to eating healthy and staying physically fit. That’s why we support the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, to help ensure that our youth build life-long healthy habits with a firm foundation of support,” said Eric Lloyd, president of Amerigroup Nevada.

The total $7,500 contribution is from a $2,500 Day for Kids event sponsorship from Amerigroup Nevada and $5,000 Focus Grant from the Amerigroup Foundation. The Day for Kids event that took place this past Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foster Field at Reno High School and Amerigroup Nevada’s sponsorship provided health education information and a fun filled day of physical activities for youth and families in Reno. The $5,000 Focus Grant provides programming focused on teaching the importance of healthy eating habits and being physically active. It also provides youth the ability to learn about ways to increase their fruit and veggie consumption and living a healthy lifestyle.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Amerigroup Nevada, because without their support we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year,” said Mike Wurm, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “These activities and programs provide much needed health information to youth who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive.”

About Amerigroup Nevada

Amerigroup Nevada helps improve health care access and quality for approximately 180,000 low-income Nevadans by developing innovative care management programs and services. Members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Amerigroup Nevada provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. Through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Bring the family out for Day for Kids

Day for Kids Join us for Day for Kids, presented by Cashman Equipment. The Reno/Sparks event is Sat., Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foster Field at Reno High School (located across from our Pennington Facility on Foster Drive in Reno). The Fernley Day for Kids event is Sat., Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Fernley Intermediate School (320 US Highway 95A South, Fernley). Both events feature free barbecue lunch, free T-shirts, free Boys & Girls Club memberships, games, arts & crafts, face painting and informational vendor booths for both parents and kids.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities or a vendor booth? Please contact Allyson Bolton, (775) 360-2448 or email. For more event information click here or call (775) 331-KIDS (5437).

Vintage Eldorado event supports Club

Vintage-597x363_2015The Eldorado Resort Casino and Southern Wine & Spirits is presenting Vintage Eldorado, an Italian wine and food pairing event, set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Eldorado Convention Center. Guests must be 21 or older.

Attendees will be treated to Italian food stations, domestic and imported Italian wines, Italian beer and spirits and a silent auction benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. The tasting stations include items like Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli with porcini cream sauce infused with truffles; Italian cheeses including Grana Padano, Mozzarella di Bufala and Robiola di Roccaverano; antipasto including marinated grilled vegetables, roasted red peppers with goat cheese, olives, fettunta (garlicky crusty bread) and eggplant bruschetta. Guests will also find Piedmontese New York strip “Tagliata” garnished with pecorino creamed spinach and saba caramelized cipollini onions; heritage Berkshire porchetta with sea salt and olive oil focaccia; and wild jumbo prawns simmered in a Sicilian sauce flavored with tomatoes, pine nuts, currants, capers, fennel pollen and marsala wine. Dessert stations will be filled with Italian sweet treats such as affogato (espresso poured over hazelnut gelato); classic tiramisu; chocolate-almond cake from Abruzzo glazed with bittersweet chocolate; cannoli; and meyer lemon bars. Vintage Eldorado benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and kicks off the 34th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival. Set for Oct. 10-11, the festival includes a grape stomp, sauce cookers’ competition, free live entertainment on two outdoor stages, an Italian farmers market, children’s gelato-eating contest, wine walk, Italian food street-side and an Italian buffet inside the Eldorado. Special this year, Paul Anka is performing at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall.

Vintage Eldorado tickets cost $65 per person in advance and $75 per person at the door. For tickets, click here.

Parents benefit from Give & Receive Program

Club members Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recently re-launched the Give & Receive program. Through Give & Receive, if a program-eligible family cannot afford a child’s weekly programming fee, the Club can help reduce the fee if a parent or guardian gives back to the Club by volunteering their time. For example, if a family can only afford to pay $20 a week, they would volunteer at the Club for roughly two hours a week in exchange for the reduced fee.

This program has been well received by some eligible parents. At the Pennington Facility, the Club currently has 6 families coming in each day at various times to give back to the Club. Some of the their duties include sweeping, cleaning windows, filing away session forms, vacuuming, cleaning classrooms, making membership cards, etc.

This program is growing quickly as parents find this to be a great opportunity to assist them with fees. Most of the parents participating in this program are volunteering above and beyond their hours, as one parent said, “ I love helping out this organization because this organization has helped me tremendously, and it’s the least that I could do.”

A special thanks to all of Club’s Give & Receive families for making this program a success!