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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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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.”

It’s time to Tee it up

Join us Friday, August 23, 2013 for Microsoft Licensing’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows at the Resort at Red Hawk. The event features a “Welcome Party” the night before the tournament with great tee prizes for each player. Don’t wait to register, only 128 players in this year’s tournament field.

Various sponsorship levels are available including $350 per player or $1,200 foursome. For more information contact Allyson Freedland, (775) 331-5437 ext. 208 or

Click here to register or for more information

The History of the Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction

The Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed & Auction’s history in the Truckee Meadows is as rich as the seafood broth that’s served. In the Club’s early years, the Women’s Auxiliary sponsored an annual dinner to raise money for the Club. The meal varied from year to year, but in 1981, Jack Reviglio decided the Club needed a signature dish for this signature fundraiser. He knew that Bud Sorensen made great cioppino, so he called Bud, who was at the Western Nevada Supply office in Mammoth.

Not only did Jack ask Bud to make his special cioppino, but he needed it that weekend. Bud rushed home from Mammoth, pooled help from a group of friends (and a lot of sherry) and bought out almost every seafood vendor in Reno. Somehow it all came together, and the 80 guests in attendance that night experienced the very first Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed & Auction.

Over the next five years, the event more than doubled in size. Bob Capurro became a permanent volunteer, adding his Italian culinary expertise. Soon, the event outgrew the Club kitchen, and in 1986 and 1987, everything was cooked offsite and trucked to the Club. The kitchen was upgraded in 1988, but Cioppino was expanding full force.

It wasn’t until 2004 that a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation provided funds for a major facility expansion, including the installation of a commercial-grade kitchen. Of course, the construction on the building was in midstream in February 2004, which meant that our volunteers had to prepare food at the Washoe County School District headquarters and transport more than 1,200 cioppino dinners to the Club. In 2005, the new kitchen was complete. We like to say that the kitchen was built for Cioppino and just happens to work well for the kids the rest of the year.

The Cioppino Feed remains the Club’s signature fundraiser, bringing in almost 15% of our annual budget and impacting the lives of thousands of our local children. The star of the evening is the cioppino, which is still made from scratch by Bud, Bob and a talented team of Italian cooks. But the real fun comes with the live auction, where you can buy items and experiences you can’t find anywhere else (like one ton of potatoes).

Join us on February 23, 2013 to celebrate 33 years of cioppino with family, friends, colleagues and community leaders.

Read more about Cioppino:
RGJ Story 2/17/13 – Big Checks, Big Cause – Cioppino Feed Raffle items raise big bucks for Boys & Girls Club