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BGCTM Hosts Community for Free Thanksgiving Dinner

12th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner continues Wednesday, Nov. 25, 4-7 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Facility

Community ThanksgivingThe Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts its 12th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Club’s Donald W. Reynolds Facility on East Ninth Street in Reno. All members of the community are invited to enjoy the feast and festivities this Thanksgiving Eve including free flu shots to those who qualify, administered by the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

“Thanksgiving is a special time at the Boys & Girls Club as we get the opportunity to feed many of our Club families and friends in the community who otherwise might not get the traditional meal,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “This marks our 12th year of providing this free meal and this tradition is very important to the Club and our vendors that support this event.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows anticipates serving nearly 1,500 members of the community Nov. 25, bringing the total number of people served in the event’s history to more than 12,000. During the event, the community is invited to enjoy a menu of roasted turkey, seasoned dressing with all of the other fixings and dessert. The event also features a blood drive by United Blood Services, free family photos and a special letter-writing station for those who are away from loved ones this holiday season.

The 12th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by US Foods, Franco Baking Company and Western Nevada Supply.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows or any of its holiday-related programs, including Holiday Help Adopt-a-Family program or other donation opportunities please call 775-331-KIDS (5437).
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Barrels & Bites Event Benefits Club

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

Barrels & Bites Northern Nevada’s premier event for wine, beer, spirit and food connoisseurs, Barrels & Bites, returns Friday, November 13. The ultimate festival of drinks and auction runs from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is the official benefactor of the 25th 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 13,000 children annually in northern Nevada. Tickets are available online at for $60; $75 at the door. VIP tables of 10 are $1,500, which includes early entry, special pours and an exclusive seating area.

“Barrels & Bites is the most amazing experience of fine wine, spirits, beer and food to be found in northern Nevada,” said Tony King, general manager, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. “Each year the anticipation of this event continues to grow and we are excited to raise the bar on the event and additional funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.”

The 25th 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 the Peppermill and other 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 at or at these retail locations: all Whispering Vine Wine Shops, and at two Ben’s locations (Lakeside and South Virginia Street stores).

Additionally, a free ticket to Barrels & Bites can be earned by participating in Yelp’s Great Reno Whiskey Hunt, Oct. 23 – Nov. 13. Participants will have the opportunity to visit seven local bars to sample seven select spirits and receive a collectible card with one letter in the word W-H-I-S-K-E-Y. Collect all seven cards on or before Nov. 13 and redeem at Barrels & Bites for free entry into the event.

For more information about Barrels & Bites please visit or to purchase VIP tables of 10 please contact David Taylor at (775) 360-2444. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows including programs, volunteer and donation opportunities please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437).

BGCTM Celebrates Annual Awards Banquet, Nov. 5 with “Pirates of the Truckee Meadows” Themed Evening

Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation Honors Bob Cashell and Female and Male Youth of the Year

Awards Banquet 1200x1200RENO, Nev. (Oct. 13, 2015) – The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recognizes the best of the best, in Club members and community support at this year’s “Pirates of the Truckee Meadows” themed Annual Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 5  at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Cocktail service begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and awards program at 6 p.m.

The Annual Awards Banquet honors Bob Cashell, former Reno mayor and Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, with the 2015 Distinguished Service award and Youth of the Year, Gissel Gonzales Aguilar and Carlos Inda-Lopez. 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 outstanding service and participation among the Club’s 13,000 members. In addition, select Club members will receive college scholarship awards from various donors through the Club’s scholarship program.

“Each year at the Awards Banquet we honor those individuals who have made a significant impact in the lives of children in our community,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “The two best examples of the Club’s impact are the Youth of the Year, who will share their stories of perseverance and the role the Boys & Girls Club has played in their success.”

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 Captain Level sponsor is available for $1,500 and includes a 10-person table and full-page program ad, while the $1,400 Quartermaster Level sponsor receives a 10-person table and half-page program ad. The First Mate Level sponsor receives a 10-person table for $1,200 and individual tickets are $150 per person (Shipmate). Purchase tickets online or contact Kathleen Vanderziel at (775) 360-2450 or

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows including volunteer, donation and program information, please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437).


Gissel Gonzales Aguilar, 2015 Female Youth of the Year

As a child, Gissel was often the first one to arrive at the Club and the last one to leave. The Club provided her a safe haven from challenges at home, introduced her to friends and mentors, and helped build her confidence. A senior at Coral Academy of Science, Gissel now flourishes as a leader and mentor to those around her.

Carlos Inda-Lopez, 2015 Male Youth of the Year

Born into uncertain circumstances, Carlos struggled to find his voice as a child. It wasn’t until he began attending the Boys & Girls Club that he found the support and self-assurance to express himself and pursue his passions. A talented artist, today Carlos is a senior at Hug High School and a shining star among his peers.

Bob Cashell, 2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Bob Cashell is one of Nevada’s best known business and public figures. He served as mayor of Reno from 2002 to 2014. He also served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from 1983 to 1987 and on the University of Nevada System Board of Regents from 1979 to 1982.

Bob is a prominent businessman, owning Cashell Enterprises, a hotel casino management company. He began his gaming career in 1967 when he and four friends bought Bill & Effie’s Truck Stop located just west of Reno. He personally managed the growth of the company, now known as “Boomtown,” selling his interest in 1988.

Bob has been a significant donor for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and was influential in the Club acquiring the property from the City of Reno for the new William N. Pennington Facility on Foster Drive in Reno.

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.