Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County earns 4-star Rating from Charity Navigator for the third consecutive year
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County was recently awarded the highest possible 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator (America's premier charity evaluator) for the third year in a row. According to Charity Navigator, receiving a 4-Star rating indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and that you consistently execute your mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 10% of charities rated have received at least three consecutive 4-Star evaluations, indicating that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County outperforms most other charities in America. This "exceptional" designation from Charity Navigatr differentiates the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County from its peers and demonstrates to the public that it is worthy of their trust."
We are proud and honored to have received such a prestigious ranking from Charity Navigator. When you make a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, you can feel confident that it is being used responsibly. You can view our Charity Navigator 4-Star rating by clicking here.
Imani Children's Choir Performs for Boys & Girls Clubs
Children at the Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere Clubs all enjoyed special, private performances from the Imani Children's Choir recently. Traveling all the way from Uganda, members of the Children's Choir talked with our members about their experiences growing up and performed vibrant song and dance routines that celebrated their heritage. It was an eye-opening experience for our children, learning how different their lives are from the lives of other children around the world. The performances were filled with excitement and joy, and it was an experience the kids will not soon forget. To learn more about the Imani Children's Choir, visit them online at www.imanimilele.com.
Angels Fundraising Dinner an Amazing Success!
The Angels Help Our Kids Take Flight Dinner was held on March 21st to a near record crowd. More than 300 guests filled the Sun Jet Center's Aviation Hangar and enjoyed a tour through a mock Boys & Girls Club, special presentations by the kids, and moving speeches by Clup parent, Michelle Humphrey, and our Youth of the Year, Cristian Zamora. All proceeds will provide Boys & Girls Club summer camp scholarships to families in need. To read the powerful speeches given at the dinner, please click on the Youth of the Year Speech and Parent Speech tabs of the News & Events section. To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bgcirc
Jake Owen Foundation donates $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County recently received a $10,000 donation from the Jake Owen Foundation. Jake's twin brother, Jarrod, presented executive director Elizabeth Thomason with their generous donation and spent some time with our teenagers, touring the Club. We are so thankful for your support, Jake, and are proud of all of your accomplishments. Thanks for supporting your favorite hometown charities!
Angels Dinner Fundraiser to be held March 21st at the Sun Jet Center Aviation Hangar - tickets available now!
The Angels Help our Kids Take Flight Dinner is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. Guests are welcomed to the unique venue with a cocktail hour, taken on a guided tour through our "Mock Club", treated to a delectable dinner by Elizabeth Kennedy, and entertained by a special presentation from our Club members. All funds raised from the Angels Dinner directly support summer camp scholarships for children in need, and allow us to continue offering our renowned programs to more than 1,500 children in our community each year.
Please contact Angela Astrup, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 772-299-7449 with any questions about sponsorship of the event or email email@example.com. Downloadable sponsorship forms can also be found on the Special Events tab of this website.
If you would like to purchase tickets to the event or assemble a table, please contact Jessica Schmitt at 772-299-7449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Opening of Royal Ballroom Studio to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County
Royal Ballroom has recently moved to a new and larger state-of-the-art studio, and to celebrate their grand opening will be hosting an open house and performance to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County on Saturday, February 2nd from 5-7 p.m. Tickets to the event are $40 per person and guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, professional ballroom demonstrations, and a special dance presentation from members of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Tickets are very limited and must be purchased in advance by calling Royal Ballroom at (772) 299-5772 or the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County at (772) 299-7449.
National Fine Arts Exhibit on display at Brackett Library through January 16th
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County is proud to participate in the National Fine Arts Exhibit of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Students from clubs all across the country compete in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, watercolor, collage, mixed media and sculpture. Artwork from all three of our Indian River County Clubs was judged by a distinguished panel of local artists, who selected the top two pieces in each category. The winning artwork is currently being displayed at the Brackett Library at Indian River State College, and will soon move on to the regional, and then national competitions.
The public is invited to view the winning artwork created by more than 20 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, currently on display through January 16th. Hours of operation of the Brackett Library are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-8:00 p.m. Following the public showing, the artwork will be sent on to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for inclusion in the regional competition.
In loving memory of By Fauver, a dear friend of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Irene “By” Parrott Fauver (nee Byerlein), former board member and widow of John Fauver. By was passionate about Boys & Girls Clubs and was instrumental in forming an etiquette program for the Society of Angels. She was a good friend and a great supporter of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fauver/Parrott family during this difficult time.
A memorial service for By will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI. For further details please visit: www.desmondfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, 1729 17th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Condolences may be sent to:
3475 Bloomfield Club Dr.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
New members appointed to Board of Directors
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County is proud to welcome three new members to the organization’s Board of Directors: Mary Grimm, Rod Parker, and Jerry Sheehan. All were unanimously approved at the December Board Meeting and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead. Welcome aboard!
Mary Grimm and her late husband, Roger, moved to Vero Beach in 1979. She became an owner-broker of McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty in Pelham, NY in 1989, and has led the company to achieve yearly sales of over $100,000,000. She is very active with the John’s Island Club and currently serves as Chairman of the John’s Island Architectural Review Committee, is a board member of the Property Owners Association, serves on the site review committee for the John’s Island Foundation and is active with the Membership Advisory Council. She is also a member of the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY and the Yale Club of both the Treasure Coast and New York City. Mary is a member of the Society of Angels of the Boys & Girls Clubs and is one of our most active tutors for the children.
Rod Parker brings more than 20 years of career experience in advertising and marketing with such national companies as Spiegel, Catalog One, and CDNOW, among others. Throughout his career he brought great financial success to each venture he was involved in. As the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development for CDNOW, he drove sales from $10 million to $150 million, including an IPO, in just two short years. He was the co-founder and CEO of CareerDNA, a “think tank” for developing digital tools and solutions for career management and talent development, and served as an executive coach for young business leaders. He retired in 2008 and is currently active with the John’s Island Club, is an active member of the Cape Cod National Golf Club new member marketing committee, and was the co-developer of the Redstick Golf Club Ambassador Program. He is also involved with the Silvermine and Eastward Ho! Golf Clubs in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Jerry Sheehan and his wife Rita have been active members of the John’s Island Club since 2002. They are the proud parents of three grown children and enjoy being grandparents to 6 grandchildren. Jerry graduated from Hunter College in New York City and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. He served as Chairman and CEO of Reynolds Metals Co. in 2000 and currently serves on the Board of Universal Corp as Lead Director. Previous Boards include Union Corp., International Paper, and serving as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as well as of Keep America Beautiful and the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. Jerry is also Trustee Emeritus at University of Richmond and the VCU School of Engineering Foundation.
Riverside Children's Theater Performs Puss 'n Boots for Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere Clubs
Club members at our Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere Clubs all enjoyed presentations of the beloved fairytale, Puss 'n Boots, from the Riverside Children's Theater traveling troupe. The children were amazed by all of the costume changes of the three stars, and were thrilled to pose for a post performance photo. Thanks, Riverside Children's Theater, for making the kids' days!
United Way Day of Caring gives Vero and Sebastian Clubs a Facelift
Thanks to dozens of volunteers from Publix Supermarkets, the United Way, the Church of Latter Day Saints, Seacoast Bank, Disney Vero Beach Resort, and Gap/Banana Republic, the Vero and Sebastian Boys & Girls Clubs are looking brand new again! Volunteers were busy painting, pressure washing, planting beautiful flowers, and tidying up nooks and crannies. Some lucky Club members even got to spend the morning out at the Disney Vero Beach Resort cleaning up the beaches, enjoying a BBQ luncheon, and working on fun arts and crafts projects. Thanks, United Way, for organizing such an amazing day and a HUGE thanks to our new volunteer friends who spent their morning with us.
Publix Supermarkets Support Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County
Maria Lombardino and Jamie Laviolette of Publix Supermarkets show off some of the recent items donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. We are so thankful to have the support and friendship of Publix in our community! Thanks, Maria and Jamie!
Sebastian Club celebrates Olympics with games of their own
The past two weeks have been busy ones indeed for the children and staff of the Boys & Girls Club Sebastian branch. In true Olympic fashion, they competed in games of their own, complete with opening and closing ceremonies, medals, and more. Competitions included the 100 Meter Dash, the Long Jump, the High Jump, the Shot Put, Discus, Archery, Fencing, and Beach Volleyball. The children selected the country they wished to represent and had the opportunity to learn about their customs, flags and traditions while preparing for their competitions. The Closing Ceremony was a proud moment for the kids and parents in attendance, as each child performed a dance or skit that showcased the country they were representing. Check out the full album of photos on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/bgcirc. Be sure to 'like us' while you're there! Great job, kids! We are so proud of you!
Ms. Florida, Juli Goldstein, talks to Club members about the meaning of true beauty
Imagine the surprise on the girls' faces when the beautiful Ms. Florida came to visit the Vero and Fellsmere Clubs, donning her sparkling tiara and sash! Ms. Florida, Dr. Juli Goldstein, enjoyed talking with the girls about making smart decisions, doing well in school, keeping their bodies healthy and strong, and being a kind person. She took plenty of time to answer questions, many of them pertaining to her "real job" as a marine veterinarian at Harbor Branch. She wanted each of the girls to feel like queens for the day, so made sure they each had their own crown to decorate with all of the gems and rhinestone's of their liking. As a special thank you for the visit, members from the Fellsmere Club presented Ms. Juli with a new sash and title, Miss BGC, and enjoyed a cake and punch reception. We can't thank you enough, Ms. Juli. Our girls will never forget their special day. To see all of the photos from Ms. Florida's visit, head to our facebook page. Be sure to "like" us while you're visiting! www.facebook.com/bgcirc
Sebastian Boys & Girls Club enjoys special visit from Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
Ranger Tim Brown, Director of Education for the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, took time from his busy schedule to talk to children at the Sebastian Club about some wildlife they could find right in their own backyard. The children were able to see, and touch, a variety of amphibians, reptiles, and furry friends. The most popular visitors were the crocodile and the beautiful owls. What a hoot! Thanks, Ranger Tim, come back again soon!
Indian River County Firefighters visit the Vero Beach Club
It was an exciting day at the Vero Beach Club when some of our favorite firefighters came to visit and show off their fire engine. The kids were able to see the various parts of the truck and equipment, talked with the firemen about what they wear when they enter dangerous situations, and even got to hear the loud siren blow. Many of our kids have dreams of becoming firefighters when they grow up, and their visit surely made an impact. Thanks again to Captain Joe Earman, and Firefighters Neil Gibbons and Sean Gibbons, for making the visit so memorable.
ABC Printing Showcases Boys & Girls Clubs Artwork in downtown Vero Beach
Chris Beals, owner of ABC Printing, has brought some very big smiles to the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. Having acquired some prime windowfront displays in downtown Vero Beach, he decided to donate the space to showcase the beautiful artwork done by our Boys & Girls Clubs summer camp attendees. Children from each of the three Clubs created 4th of July themed masterpieces, and Mr. Beals enlarged their work and put it on display. The kids are so excited to see their hard work featured right in the middle of town! Thanks again, Chris, for making our kids feel like stars!
Check out the kids artwork on 21st Street just south of 14th Avenue!
Be a Hero Bike Tour makes stop at Vero Beach Club
Elizabeth Thomason, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, greets members from the St. Lucie County Boys & Girls Club who are biking to Washington, D.C. this month to promote the importance of blood donation. The students, along with Scott VanDuzer of The VanDuzer Foundation and BGC staff members and volunteers, will visit various branches of the Boys & Girls Club as they make their journey and talk to the children at each club. During their stop in Vero Beach, they gave a presentation to the older children about blood donation, played some games and took advantage of the cool AC, then spent time at the Indian River Blood Bank greeting community members who came out to support them. We wish them safe travels as they continue their adventure!
Keep Indian River Beautiful showcases artwork of Sebastian Boys & Girls Club
Vicki Wild, (left) Executive Director of Keep Indian River Beautiful, and Ella Chabot-Policare, (right) art director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County Sebastian branch, are pictured with the elephant sculpture, BeeGee Recycla, at the K.I.R.B. store at the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach. BeeGee was created from recycled materials by children at the Sebastian club in their art program. The elephant will be at the K.I.R.B. store through August and will be on display during K.I.R.B.’s juried class art show event on August 11 featuring artists who utilize up-cycled materials.
Congressmen Posey Tours Fellsmere Boys and Girls Club
Congressmen Posey recently stopped into the historic Old City Hall Building in Fellsmere for a tour of the restoration that took place last year. Some funding provided by Posey was part of the $3 million that went into bringing the building back to life. During his visit, Branch Director Keisha Rainey took the opportunity to show off the Boys & Girls Club facility. Congressmen Posey was impressed with the work that went into bringing the building back to its old beauty and The Boys & Girls Club was proud to show it off! See the full story here.
Angela Astrup welcomed as Director of Marketing and Communications
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County is proud to welcome Angela Astrup as the Director of Marketing & Communications. Angela will coordinate the Marketing efforts for the organization, represent the clubs at civic and professional functions, and will assist with securing sponsorships, business partnerships, and grants.
Angela graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Public Relations. She is a member of the Junior League of Indian River County, where she recently served as Vice President of Membership, and she is a member of the Florida Public Relations Society of America, the Exchange Club, and the Young Professionals Network of the Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Indian River County and Leadership St. Johns County and most recently served as the Director of Special Events for Hibiscus Children’s Center.
Luncheon Honors the Work of "Angels" and Looks Towards Next Year
The Society of Angels had their end of season luncheon Friday, April 20th at the Boathouse at Quail Valley River Club. This newly-formed group of women volunteers has been enriching the after-school program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County through tutoring, jewelry making classes, dog therapy and etiquette classes since November 2011.
About 30 new and regular volunteers gathered to review this year’s program and discuss how it could be improved and grown in the coming year. They hope to add gardening, cooking and art classes and possibly expand their efforts to the Sebastian and Fellsmere clubs. After the meeting they enjoyed lunch and fellowship together as they shared their ideas and experiences of working with the Club members this year.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County would like to thank Ms. Virginia Powers for hosting this wonderful event and the Society of Angels for all of their hard work, talent and time this season.
2012 Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County “Angel” Event a Heavenly Success!
On March 22, 2012, community members proved that “Summer Dreams Come True Because of Angels Like You” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County eleventh annual Angels Help Our Kids Take Flight dinner at the Sun Aviation Hanger in Vero Beach.
This exciting event was made possible by presenting sponsor Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche of Melbourne; cocktail sponsor, ConnectCare3; and event chair Mrs. Nancy Lynch. Angel Sponsors included John and Anita Brennan, George E. Warren Corporation, Goldman Sachs and Co., John’s Island Real Estate, Nelson Morgan Wealth Management Group, Dick and Nancy Shoemate, Don and Jean Shropshire, Sun Aviation and Vero Beach Magazine.
As guests arrived on the red carpet they were greeted cheerfully by Club members and were taken through a model club constructed in the hangar. Each model room focused on the program’s core areas such as education and technology, health and life skills, and the arts. The final room demonstrated the Society of Angels’ etiquette lessons where community volunteers have taught Club members manners through sharing a meal together. Once they made their way through the club, guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner catered by Elizabeth D. Kennedy and Company. After the meal, the Club members entertained the guests with songs and a skit. Youth of the Year Noah Bogard addressed the guests and Mrs. Ginny Powers was honored as “Angel of the Year” for her commitment and strong support of the organization.
Funds raised from this special event will help provide summer camp scholarships to Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County and enhance the quality of programs offered each day. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County provide a fun, safe, positive place for more than 1,500 kids annually, equipping them with the tools necessary to succeed in school and in life.
Noah Bogard named Youth of the Year
Noah Bogard was named Youth of the Year during the eighth annual Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year celebration at the Richardson Center at the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College on February 16, 2012. Bogard is on the committee for the community service-focused Keystone Club and a freshman at Sebastian River High School.
Youth of the Year is BGC of Indian River County’s premier youth recognition program for Club members and is designed to recognize our most outstanding young people. Being named a Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Club member can receive. Club members are judged on the following criteria: service to home and family; moral character; community service; school leadership and service; academic performance; service to the Boys & Girls Club; life goals; two written essays; and public speaking ability.
Read the TC Palm 2/21/12 article.
Toccara Williams, Club Director, honored with Award
Toccara Williams was honored with the Ronnie Hewett Teamwork Award which was established this past summer after Ronnie’s untimely passing to honor his seven years with our organization and his 40+ years with the BGC Movement. One of the hallmarks of Ronnie’s leadership style was that of enlisting teamwork in order to accomplish the goals of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
This is an award that is given to an employee who best demonstrates the spirit of teamwork. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County thanks Toccara for all her teamwork this past year in a time of great transition. We are proud of her and know Ronnie would be too!
Sherman Hotchkiss welcomed to Board of Directors
Mr. Sherman Hotchkiss has joined the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. Mr. Hotchkiss currently manages an oil and gas exploration company.
In his earlier business career, Mr. Hotchkiss worked for American Broadcasting Co., PepsiCo, and UST Inc. He holds an MBA from Columbia. During his 25 years in corporate America, he had the opportunity to direct the marketing for imported wines and spirits, the building of brands and assets for Chateau St. Michelle winery, and then to positions at UST as a VP and corporate officer, encompassing division unit management and corporate development for this fortune 500 company.
Mr. Hotchkiss has served on several boards including the United Way in Greenwich, CT, the Gunnery School, Camera Platforms International and various country clubs. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy serving on an amphibious ship in Vietnam and on an Admiral’s staff in Boston. He and his wife of 41 years, Barbara, reside full time in Vero Beach.
Rotary Club of Orchid Island donates bicycles to Club members
Sixty-five very lucky 10 year olds received a bike and helmet for Christmas. To read the full story, click this link.
Golf Fundraisers a Success!
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us at the Amateur Golf Tournament on November 7th at Vero Beach Country Club (VBCC), and at the Pro Am Tournament on November 14th at Johns Island West! The weather was spectacular and we appreciate your support! Proceeds from the tournamenst go towards annual club operations. Next year's Amateur tournament is on Monday, November 5th at VBCC and the ProAm tournament is on Monday, November 12th at Johns Island West.
Club members learn the basics of dinner etiquette
Nine lucky kids received a lesson in etiquette from some savvy "Society of Angels" mentors. Andfor all their attentiveness and good manners, they were rewarded with a delicious array of practice foods...chicken (eaten with knife & fork), salad, strawberries, rolls and lemonade. Good manners are always in fashion and that's why this special group of ladies will be back again, just in time for the holidays.
Club Receives Highest Charity Navigator Rating
Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health of America's largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County four out of a possible four stars. In earning Charity Navigator's highest four star rating, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County has demonstrated exceptional financial health in its efforts to manage and grow its finances in the most fiscally responsible way possible.
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