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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_Logo_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!

Summer ends and school begins . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm – 

BGC_NickRossi_122_Hi-res_EditedSummertime is gone! Hard to believe, I know. It has been an incredible season full of fun and excitement for all. At our seven Summer Camp sites, Clubs carried record breaking numbers of kids. Staff worked hard to put together a ‘Fun with a Purpose,’ action-packed summer. At the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, we keep kids learning throughout the year, so when summer is over, they are ready to go back to school without losing any learning momentum. Please take a moment to read in this newsletter how our Summer BRAIN GAIN strategy combatted summer learning loss through intentional programming.

This past June marked the one year anniversary of the opening of the William N. Pennington Facility on Foster Drive. The staff at our newest facility did a tremendous job of building a program the kids love attending. All summer, over 500 children and teens participated in a variety of programs and activities designed to keep them engaged and interested. We are thankful for the Pennington Foundation, as well as the many other local foundations, corporations and individuals for supporting this project. After only one year there is no doubt this was a necessary and needed addition to the community.

Also, our mission to ‘reach the kids that need us most’ continues in our newest project. Over a year ago, we took over the operations of the Project Solution property on Bresson Avenue in Reno. Currently, we are exploring options to convert this property into a Boys & Girls Club. While much work has to be done, this facility has the potential to have the same impact on its community as the facility on Foster Drive. Please look for future information on how you may be able to help with this much needed project.

With the start of the new school year upon us, we are excited to change gears back to before and after school programming. We take our role of educational support for the Washoe County School District very seriously and are looking forward to helping kids complete their homework, organize their back packs and be prepared to go back to school every day.

The Fall season also means more fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. In this newsletter, you can read about how to get involved in the annual Microsoft Golf Tournament being held at Red Hawk Golf and Resort on Friday, August 21, the 2nd Annual Vintage Eldorado Italian spirts tasting event on Thursday, October 8, the Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 5 and our Barrels & Bites wine and spirits tasting event held at the Peppermill on Friday, November 13. We also will be kicking off our annual giving campaign It Just Takes One (IJTO) in September, so please do what you can to participate in these activities and campaigns. Without your support, we could not impact the lives of our children every day.

Again, please take a few minutes to look through the Summer edition of the Club Chronicle. I think you will be happy to see how your support is changing lives in the Truckee Meadows!