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BARRELS & BITES EVENT BENEFITS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF TRUCKEE MEADOWS

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

One of Northern Nevada’s most celebrated events returns Sept. 26 with a new moniker, Barrels & Bites (formerly named Vintage Nevada). The ultimate festival of drinks and auction runs from 5 – 8 p.m. at the TuscanyBarrels & Bites Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is the official benefactor of the 24th 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 12,000 children annually in northern Nevada. Tickets are available online at www.BarrelsandBites.com for $50; $65 at the door.

“This event has evolved into the most amazing experience of fine wine, spirits and beer to be had in northern Nevada,” said Tony King, general manager, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. “Each year we are excited to raise the bar on the event and additional funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.”

The 24th 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 Reno’s finest casino restaurateurs and 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 or at these retail locations: L’Uva Bella Wine Shop, both Whispering Vine Wine Shops, Ben’s on Lakeside and Ben’s on South Virginia. In Carson City, tickets can be purchased at Aloha Discount Liquor Store.

For more information about Barrels & Bites please visit www.BarrelsandBites.com or contact Donna Wylie, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada at (775) 353-5314.

Tickets on sale for Barrels & Bites, Sept. 26

Barrels & Bites, presented by Southern Wine and Spirits, is northern Nevada’s premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. The event takes place Friday, Sept. 26 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel. In addition to more than 500 wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and fantastic cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction rounds out the event with all proceeds from the evening benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Barrels & Bites

Tickets are only $50 in advance, $65 at the door. In addition to event entry, each ticket grants free admission to the after party at Edge Nightclub to keep the festivities going. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.barrelsandbites.com or contact Allyson Bolton, (775) 360-2448 or abolton@bgctm.org.

DRINK WINE
Over 500 wines from around the world; plus boutique wines, trendy varietals and impressive labels

SIP ON SPIRITS
Ultra-smooth whiskies, premium vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and specialty cocktails

INDULGE IN A FAVORITE BEER
Internationally renowned specialty ales and lagers

EXPERIENCE CULINARY CREATIONS
Festive hors d’oeuvres, entrees and elegant desserts

BID ON AMAZING AUCTION ITEMS
Culinary trips, cultural experiences, VIP winery visits, collectible wines and more

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Free admission to Edge Nightclub following the event

Purchase tickets today at www.barrelsandbites.com!

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 www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.