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Getting back to the basics . . .

A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm

I hope this letter finds you in a good place this summer. We have started summer with a bang and with only two weeks under our belt, the summer programs look great. Staff has done a wonderful job of preparing an exciting and varied slate of programs and special experiences for our members. The new William N. Pennington Facility opened for business on Monday, June 16, and the response has been nothing short of amazing! Over 300 youth attended the first week of summer camp at the site, and for week two, we have over 400!! Many supporters have wondered whether the new facility would impact participation at other Club locations, but I am happy to report that we are seeing record numbers at most of our traditional summer sites. The Donald W. Reynolds Facility, our original Club and the ‘mothership’ of our organization, continues to be our biggest summer site with over 600 youth attending this past week. This just goes to prove how vital our services are for the youth of Northern Nevada.

In the Boys & Girls Club world we know we have a very tough customer, the kids, and we judge much of our success through their eyes. We often say that ‘kids vote with their feet’. Simply put, if they like what we are doing, they come back, and if they really like what we are doing they come back and bring a friend! By those standards, I would have to say that after two weeks in the new facility, and in our summer programming in general, things are going even better than expected. A special thanks to all those responsible for helping us fund this worthwhile project. If there was ever a doubt that the William N. Pennington Project was necessary, doubt no more!

With the new building up and running and summer off to such a great start, the organization is getting back to the basics. We have spent a lot of time raising funds for the new building, and now the business starts of ensuring our annual fundraising efforts are on track to reach the goals necessary to sustain our ‘new’ normal in operating expenses. In this newsletter and on our website, please explore ways for you to get even more involved in supporting the youth of Northern Nevada. While the William N. Pennington Facility has obviously helped fill the void of services for youth in Southwest Reno, there are still many needs in our community.

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Receives $65,000 to Feed Kids at New Pennington Facility

Grant from Walmart and Walmart Foundation helps provide more than 50,000 nutritious meals to Club kids during summer break

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has received a $65,000 grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation as part of the company’s State Giving Program. The grant will be used to help launch and maintain a summer feeding program at the newly opened William N. Pennington Facility. The Club’s summer camp program provides breakfast and lunch for campers, many of whom rely on meals at school during the school year.

“We are very grateful to receive this grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, which will help provide quality meals for hundreds of Club members during the summer camp program,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “This summer alone we expect to serve more than 50,000 meals from the E. L. Wiegand Kitchen at the new Pennington Facility.”

The grant will be formally presented to the Boys & Girls Club during an event on Tuesday, June 17, at 11:45 a.m. at the club’s William N. Pennington Facility, located at 1300 Foster Drive.  This 55,000-square-foot facility opened last month and will serve between 3,000 and 4,000 youth annually.

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is the leading non-profit youth services agency in northern Nevada and serves children ages 0 to 18 in the Truckee Meadows area through afterschool, summer and school break programs and services. Founded in 1976, the Club now serves more than 12,000 children at 20 sites throughout the Truckee Meadows. At all of its sites, the Boys & Girls Club strives to provide kids with positive and productive outlets for their energy with programs such as afterschool tutoring, character and leadership development, healthy lifestyles, athletics and art.

Walmart“For many children, summertime means no access to meals that they would normally receive at school,” said Gregg Treadway, Walmart regional general manager. “We are proud to support the work that the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows does to provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches to Reno-area kids.”

The contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Nevada State Giving Program and is one of seven recently awarded grants totaling $455,000 in the state. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.  Other Nevada organizations receiving grants include Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada; Community Chest, Inc.; Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada, Inc.; Street Teens: A Nevada Non-Profit Corporation; Food Bank of Northern Nevada; and Three Square.

In 2013, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $13.6 million to local organizations in Nevada.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at

Hot August Nights Foundation Announces $100,000 Contribution to New William N. Pennington Boys & Girls Club Facility

HAN Check Presentation_4-15-14In keeping with its mission Hot August Nights Foundation contributed $100,000 to the new 55,000 square foot William N. Pennington Boys & Girls Club Facility located on Foster Drive in Reno, expected to open in May and serve 3,000 kids in the community.

At a reception held on Tuesday, April 15 the Foundation announced the contribution to the facility and also honored the 2014 Nevada Youth of the Year winner, Katie Harrison and 2013 HAN scholarship recipients, Jevin Daugherty and Eva Hernandez.

Links to Media Coverage:
Reno Gazette-Journal: Hot August Nights donates $100K to Boys and Girls Club
KTVN News 2: Hot August Nights Donates $100,000 to Boys and Girls Club
KRNV News 4: Boys and Girls Club receives massive donation from local foundation
KOLO News 8: Hot August Nights Gives $100K to Boys and Girls Club

Another successful Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction

BGCTM_cioppino_2014_00344The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows held their 34th Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction, February 22, 2014. The sold-out event with approximately 1,650 attendees featured hundreds of silent and live auction items. With everyone’s support the Club was able to net more than $900,000 which is nearly 15 percent of the annual operating budget.

Thank you to all of the event sponsors, donors, attendees, volunteers, board, YLC and staff. The funds raised will help thousands of local children in our community!

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