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Thankful for your continued support . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm  

Fall is upon us and the leaves are beginning to turn. This always evokes thoughts and feelings about friends and family and all we have to be thankful for at the Boys & Girls Club. This past year we have been able to accomplish some amazing things. We had hoped to see 300 kids a day at the new Pennington Facility, and there were days this past summer we saw between 500-600 kids. With the addition of the new property, we are well on our way to serving over 13,000 youth, which is up considerably over last year’s total of more than 12,000.

AwardsBanquet_1200x1200_PostImageWhile the opening of the William N. Pennington Facility created a great deal of excitement at the beginning of the year, we still have so much to accomplish before 2014 closes. My favorite event of the year, the Annual Awards Banquet, is just around the corner. This year’s Male and Female Youth of the Year are as incredible as any we have had in the past. The kids are poised to tell their stories about the obstacles they have overcome in their lives and how the Club and our community have helped put them on a path to success. We will also be honoring this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner, which annually goes to the organization’s top volunteer. This year’s recipient is Nick Rossi. Nick is part of a multigenerational Nevada family, runs the successful LP Insurance Services business, and supports many great causes in Northern Nevada, including the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He joins a very prestigious list of those who have won this award in the past.

While people support the Boys & Girls Club year-round, the beginning of December also marks the beginning of our Holiday Help program. If you want your support to go directly to kids and families, then Holiday Help is the program for you. We are currently looking for individuals that want to be matched with families in need over the holidays. Last year, we were able to help hundreds of kids and families, and this year we hope to help even more. If you want to adopt a family at Christmas, call Kathleen Vanderziel at (775) 360-2450. Your support again is greatly appreciated.

If you want to make an impact in person, once again we are partnering with Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill to offer our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility on Wednesday, November 26. If you want to volunteer your time to help serve more than 1,500 meals to those in the community that are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, then call Anne Studebaker, Volunteer Coordinator, at (775) 360-2449. Call soon, as there are limited volunteer spots available.

And finally, we are also running our annual It Just Takes One campaign. Currently, Board members are in the community asking individuals to give generously to this year’s campaign. Our goals are lofty, but there are still many more kids that we can serve. So as you reflect and give thanks for the things in your life, perhaps you can make a little room to help a child in need at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. You will be glad that you did!

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB CELEBRATES ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET, NOV. 13 WITH “GREASE” THEMED EVENING

Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation Honors local businessman, Nick Rossi and Female and Male Youth of the Year

BGC_NickRossi_096The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recognizes the best in volunteerism and community support at this year’s “Grease” themed Annual Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Cocktail service begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m.

The Annual Awards Banquet honors Nick Rossi, president, LP Insurance Services, with the 2014 Distinguished Service award and Youth of the Year, Nikita Cleveland and Eric Cruz. The night also honors children who make a difference in the lives of friends and peers by living the Club’s mission each day, leading by example and helping others. Nine members from the Club’s youth and teen centers are set to receive a Member of the Year award, saluting his or her service and guidance among the Club’s 12,000 members. In addition, select Club members will receive college scholarship awards from various funders through the Club’s scholarship program.

“Each year at the Awards Banquet we honor those that go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of children in our community,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “It’s also our time to highlight two amazing Club members that will share their stories of perseverance and success with the help of the Boys & Girls Club.”

The Annual Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation includes hosted cocktails from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards program featuring performances from Club members. The Varsity Sponsor level is available for $1,300 and includes a 10-person table and full-page program ad, while the $1,200 Junior Varsity sponsor level receives a 10-person table and half-page program ad. The Freshman Sponsor level receives a 10-person table for $1,000 and individual tickets are $100 per person. Click here to purchase tickets online or contact Allyson Bolton at (775) 360-2448 or abolton@bgctm.org.

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Nikita Cleveland, 2014 Female Youth of the Year

Nikita describes the Boys & Girls Club as the first stable environment she’d had in her life, and through many ups and downs, the Club has remained that constant source of support. Nikita is a senior at Hug High School and is proud to share her story of the Club’s essential role in her life.

Eric Cruz, 2014 Male Youth of the Year

Despite challenges at home, Eric has found the Club to be a refuge full of supportive mentors, exciting opportunities and chances for personal growth. He is highly active at the Club as a Leader in Training and will graduate this spring from Coral Academy of Science.

Nick Rossi, 2014 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Born in Reno and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Nick Rossi is a lifetime resident of northern Nevada. Nick has seen a highly successful 34-year career in the local insurance industry. Today, as President of LP Insurance Services, Nick manages a team of over 100 employees at five locations throughout Nevada and northern California.

Nick joined the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Board of Directors in 1991 where he tirelessly works on behalf of our local youth. He has sat on numerous committees, including the Executive Committee, as well as served as Board President in 2008. Nick also sits on the Board at Catholic Community Services, which he joined in 1991, and spent six years on the Bishop Manogue High School Board.

With his extensive record of service to the northern Nevada community and the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, we are pleased to honor Nick Rossi with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Register for Winter Youth Basketball League

DSC_2266Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 Winter Youth Basketball League. Registration is open for all youth Kindergarten through 6th grade. The league runs from November 17 – March 5, 2015, with practices beginning Dec. 1 and games starting the week of Jan. 17. The league fees are $70 for non-Club members (fee includes $20 membership fee, uniform and shoe bag) and $50 for Club members (fee includes uniform and shoe bag). Financial assistance is available. Registration deadline is November 14. All parents and players must attend their mandatory draft nights (view schedule here).

To register CLICK HERE, download and complete the registration and membership forms (for new members). Please return forms and payment to either the Donald W. Reynolds Facility or the new William N. Pennington Facility on Foster Drive. For more information or questions please contact Kelli at (775) 360-2414 or email.

The Pennington Facility is Alive

Fall 2014 Update

A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm 

BnGClubReno12On June 16, 2014, the Boys & Girls Club’s William N. Pennington Facility opened to the community. The project was many years in the making. After more than 60 years serving the community, the YMCA of the Sierra closed its doors 2008, and the historic property at 1300 Foster Drive sat vacant for over five years. The Pennington Foundation’s generous seed gift launched the project in late 2012, followed quickly by the donation of the property to the Boys & Girls Club by the City of Reno and the incredible support of foundations, corporations and individuals. Many went above and beyond to make this project possible. Today, we are pleased to report that the results of this generosity have gone above and beyond some of our most optimistic expectations.

CONSTRUCTION

Keeping the construction work local was a priority. This began with the architect, where two local professionals at Architecture Design designed the facility from start to finish. After a thorough competitive bid process, we selected Reno-based United Construction as the project’s general contractor. United’s overall costs and willingness to value engineer wherever feasible earned them the job. Using entirely local subs, the team at United did a fantastic job and delivered as promised, money-wise and time-wise. As with any construction project, we ran into some hiccups along the way, but there were no significant delays. As planned, the building opened just in time for summer programming.

Despite high levels of use over the summer, the building looks as good as it did on the day it opened. Using lessons learned from the major renovation at our Donald W. Reynolds Facility on East 9th Street in 2004, we were able to engineer the facility to withstand the heavy usage of our kids. Simple changes like durable door hinges and higher windows will keep the building looking as good as new for years to come.

ATTENDANCE & FACILITY USAGE

Initial estimates for Pennington Facility usage was a few hundred youth, perhaps growing to 300 youth daily during the summer. It didn’t take long to far exceed these goals.  After the first week, we saw as many as 350 youth per day. As awareness grew about the new Club throughout the summer, we continued to grow, with daily attendance peaking on occasion at more than 600 youth. Indeed, attendance grew so quickly that it became a challenge to maintain adequate staffing.  At multiple points during the summer, we were forced to add additional staff to maintain proper child to staff ratios.  Today, we have 1,430 registered members at the William N. Pennington Facility.

We are especially pleased to report membership at the Pennington Facility has had minimal impact on other Club sites. In fact, the Donald W. Reynolds Facility also served record numbers of youth this summer. This means the children attending the Pennington Facility are primarily brand new to the Boys & Girls Club. While we were confident of the need for youth services in the Foster Drive community, even Club leadership was surprised at the number of children pouring through our doors each day.

With the new school year now underway, attendance has slowed down somewhat. Through the first month of school, we’ve seen an average daily attendance of 250 youth.  The school year typically brings in a different group of youth than summer and school breaks. As with the summer, we expect membership to grow over the coming weeks as parents are made aware of our before and after school programs. Plus, with the start of our basketball leagues this winter, we expect another spike in attendance.

We have also begun our transportation program for the school year, which provides busing from nearby schools to the Pennington Facility after school. We originally planned to bus from 10 schools but have increased that number to 14 to meet demand (Caughlin Ranch Elementary, Elmcrest Elementary, Warner Elementary, Honors Academy, Hunter Lake Elementary, Jessie Beck Elementary, Mamie Towles Elementary, Mt. Rose Elementary, Peavine Elementary, Roy Gomm Elementary, Billinghurst Middle, Clayton Middle, Swope Middle, and McQueen High).

ALL AGES CAMPUS

Since 2008, the Boys & Girls Club has operated the E. L. Wiegand Early Learning Center, which serves children from six weeks to six years, including a full-day kindergarten program. Located adjacent to the Pennington Facility at 1270 Foster Drive, the Center is currently operated as a partnership between the Boys & Girls Club, the E. L. Wiegand Foundation and the City of Reno. The Club funds the Center’s regular operating expenses as well as facility upgrades through program fees and fundraising efforts.  With the Center next door to the Pennington Facility, we have created a unique full-service youth campus where a child can receive services and support from infancy through high school graduation at a single site.

The Pennington Facility has proven to be an ideal marketing tool for the Center. Since the Pennington grand opening, the Center has consistently operated at or near capacity. We’ve also been able to share resources between the two facilities. We’ve combined our food program so that Center meals are now prepared in the spacious Pennington kitchen. We’ve also relocated our kindergarten class to the Pennington Facility, which has opened up an additional 30 spots for pre-K children at the Center.

FUNDRAISING & SUSTAINABILITY

The project’s original budget was $14,673,000. Per Pennington Foundation and self-imposed requirements, this figure included demolition and construction costs, a one million dollar maintenance reserve fund, the first two years of operating expenses and funds for key infrastructure upgrades.

As with most construction projects, additional expenses became apparent as building began. Facility upgrades like field turf in the backyard, a radiant heat system under the front walkway and the addition of a second story added an additional $527,000, bringing our final budget to $15,200,000.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to meet this goal through cash and pledges this summer. Of course, it is not enough to simply build a new facility; we must be able to sustain it.  The funds raised for the project have already been spent or committed, and now we move on to the next job: raising funds for daily operations and long-term sustainability. We have several strategies toward this end:

Naming Opportunities: There are still a handful of naming opportunities available throughout the building. The foundation recognition wall in the front lobby has also garnered a good deal of interest from funders who want to be represented in the facility. We will continue to pursue these funding opportunities as they arise.

Facility Revenue:  While we never turn a child away for financial reasons, the Boys & Girls Club does charge fees on a sliding scale. We ask those who can afford it to pay for our programs ($20 annual membership fee; $40 weekly fee during school breaks), while we subsidize those who cannot afford it. This program revenue provides an important income source.

Additionally, there has been quite a bit of interest from outside groups to rent the facility for special events. Thus far, building rentals have been on a limited basis as we are still exploring ways to maximize the facility’s use for the kids. However, once we find a good balance, building rentals have the potential to become an important revenue stream from year to year.

Immediate Community: Recognizing the importance of a Boys & Girls Club in their community, our neighbors have been highly supportive of this project. We believe there is potential for this moral support to become financial support as well. Our resource development team is in the process of creating strategies to reach out directly to the old southwest Reno neighborhood.

We are also working toward creating a marquee annual fundraiser for the facility. Initially, the inaugural event was scheduled for October 2014; however, with so many other activities occurring in the fall, the event was postponed. We are now planning for a May 2015 event and are pursuing a number of different options to cater to the community’s needs and interests.

Infrastructure Upgrades: Part of our project fundraising goal was designated for key infrastructure upgrades, which included the addition of a Resource Development Director. This position was filled in early 2013 and completes our fundraising team with the purpose of increasing overall annual giving to the Club. Together with our Board of Directors, the Club has assembled a team that will ensure the Pennington Facility, and the organization as a whole, remains viable long-term.

MOVING FORWARD

As we look to the future of the Pennington Facility, we are immensely excited at the opportunities. We have only begun to explore the possibilities of this facility, not only for our local youth, but for our entire community. Sustainability will remain at the forefront of the Boys & Girls Club’s efforts, and utilizing the sources listed above, we are confident in our ability to ensure sustainability of the facility for generations of northern Nevada children. Click here for more information about the Pennington Facility, or contact Executive Director Mike Wurm at (775) 360-2443.