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Coat Drive at the Gap at The Summit

This holiday season Gap Stores are ensuring those in need stay warm! The Gap LogoGap at The Summit in Reno is asking customers to bring in new or gently used coats. In exchange, customers will receive a $10 off coupon for any purchase $10 or more.

Customers who would like to participate but may not have a coat to donate can donate $3 or $5 for the same $10 off incentive. All coats and a portion of the in-store donations will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows! Promotion ends 12/15.

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!



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


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.