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Donor Profile: Sandy & John Raffealli

By Kristen Kennedy, Director of Resource Development  

Sandy Pearce and John Raffealli, both from different parts of the country, met in Oklahoma in 1969, when they were poverty workers for Volunteers in Service to America. Sandy was born and raised in the west and graduated from University of Nevada, Reno. John, an eastern fellow, graduated from Fordham University in New York City. Both their early careers were for non-profits with John teaching and coaching in a junior high school and Sandy running a women’s resource center and rape crisis center.

After ten years in Oklahoma City and the birth of their only child, Lydia, they came to Reno where John joined Sandy’s dad, Bill Pearce, in the car business. Sandy went to work in banking but eventually joined her father as well. The tradition has continued with Lydia and her husband, Matt, now working with them in the dealership.

As local business people, the Pearce, Raffealli and now Meyer families have always felt the need to be part of the community and to give back wherever and whenever possible. “Our business success is intertwined with the health of everyone in our community,” says Sandy. “For that reason we have been involved with many organizations in the community whose goals are the health and vitality of all our citizens.”

The Raffealli’s inherited their support and commitment to the Boys & Girls Club from Bill Pearce who was a strong supporter of the organization for many years. “Continuing his support has helped us to foster an organization whose goals we strongly support: a safe, nurturing environment where children and families can reach their potential,” says Sandy. “Along the way we have made some terrific friends whose commitment to the Club we greatly admire. We are proud of the legacy we are able to continue.”


Demolition of old YMCA building on Foster Drive Jan. 9 starts project  

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows moves one step closer to the start of construction for the new William N. Pennington Facility, Jan. 9, 11 a.m., with the demolition of the old YMCA building on Foster Drive in Reno. The demolition party will include City of Reno officials, Foundation partners and members of the Board of Directors to kick-off this phase of the project and help make way for the new 50,000-square-foot Club facility scheduled to be completed by summer 2014.

The new Pennington Boys & Girls Club facility to serve the needs of both the immediate neighborhood and many nearby at-risk youth, expected to serve an additional 3,000 to 4,000 youth annually, an increase of 25 percent for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. The Club is now working on the public fundraising phase for the project and reaching out to corporations, foundations, families and individual donors from the community to support and become a part of the new facility.

For more information on the new William N. Pennington Facility or the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows please call 775-331-KIDS (5437) or visit

Download a copy of the Pennington Project Public Fundraising Brochure HERE


Awards Banquet Honors local businessman, Jack Stanko and Female and Male Youth of the Year 

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recognizes the best in volunteerism and community support at this year’s “Adventures in Oz” themed 36th Annual Awards Banquet, Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Cocktail service begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m.

The 36th Annual Awards Banquet honors Jack Stanko, president, Champion Chevrolet with the 2012 Distinguished Service award and also includes a program featuring Club talent show winners in an “Adventures in Oz” performance that takes the stage throughout the evening.

The night also honors the 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 10,000 members. The 2012 Male and Female Youth of the Year awards also are awarded that evening.

“We are very much looking forward to honoring those that provide tremendous support and leadership at the Club during the Annual Awards Banquet,” said Mike Wurm, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “Each year we thank those who strive to be a positive influence in the lives of children and we are extremely excited for this year’s “Adventures in Oz” themed event – it will be quite a show.”

The 36th Annual Awards Banquet includes hosted cocktails from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards. The Emerald City sponsorship is available for $1,300 and includes a 10-person table and full-page ad, while the $1,200 Yellow Brick Road sponsor receives a 10-person table and half-page ad. Ten-person tables are available for $1,000 and individual tickets are $100 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Erin Pieretti at 775-331-5437 or