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We are incredibly proud to announce that Raliyah Dawson, Vero Beach Boys & Girls Club member, was named the Southeast Regional Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Club of America. She will travel to Washington D.C. in September to compete in the national competition as 1 of 5 finalists. Raliyah will be awarded a $40,000 college scholarship as part of her awards package and will receive an additional $100,000 scholarship if named the national Youth of the Year. Please join us in congratulating Raliyah on this great honor. We will keep you updated on her journey and progress!
Country music superstar Jake Owen, recently stopped by our Vero Beach Boys & Girls Club with another donation to support the Jake Owen Performing Arts Club. He toured the new facility which houses a room named after him and had fun shooting hoops with his daughter and talking to the staff. His support enables Club members to have professional teachers and proper equipment to make some beautiful music!
After a year of feeling the ground shake beneath our feet, we are beyond excited to announce the grand opening of our new Vero Beach Club expansion! The children are having a blast in the new gymnasium, and the teens are thrilled to have their new teen room in the new facility. If you haven't driven by the club recently, please do. It would be our pleasure to show you around!
We are proud of two of our administrative team members, Angela Astrup and Jessica Schmitt, for being nominated for the 2015 Junior League of Indian River's Woman of the Year Awards. Angela, our director of development and marketing, was nominated in the Civic/Non-Profit category, and Jessica, our director of donor relations, was nominated in the Volunteer category. The event celebrates women in our community who have made a significant impact. We are so proud to have them on board!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County were proud to be beneficiaries of the recent Jake Owen Benefit Concert. The concert, held at Historic Dodgertown, boasted a sold out crowd as residents flocked to the stadium in support of our hometown celebrity. A portion of proceeds from the event will provide club scholarships for families in need. We are so grateful for your support, Jake, and couldn't be more proud of your success!
It's certainly not every day that you get to meet a sea turtle up close, let alone release one into the wild. Thanks to Disney's Animals Science and Environment Team, some members of our Sebastian Club got to do just that. They learned about sea turtles and their habitats from Disney team members, and later released two rehabilitated sea turtles, Anna and Elsa, into the ocean with the Disney VoluntEARS. You can track the turtles through the website www.tourdeturtles.org. Thanks again, Disney!
The Florida Tech Panthers have adopted the Fellsmere Club as their community partner this year. They hosted a fantastic football clinic with our children this summer and will be returning to the Clubs in the fall for homework help and ongoing mentoring. Our children were thrilled to be guests of honor at their recent football game against Ave Maria, even being invited on field to high-five the players and offer words of encouragement before the game began. Thank you, Florida Tech!
Our Clubs are deeply engaged in our Summer Brain Gain: Read program, aimed at preventing the summer slide and encouraging a lifelong love of learning. All children enrolled in our summer program are reading one book per week as a group and completing complementary activities alongside it. During certain times of the day, all children are encouraged to "drop everything and read." When our kids go back to school in August, they will be right on track! Read more about this program here.
We were honored to accompany Toccara Williams-Byrd, our Vero Beach Club director, to the Junior League of Indian River's Woman of the Year event. Toccara was nominated for the award by one of our Club parents because of the profound difference that she makes in the lives of our youth. We are so proud of you, Toccara. Congratulations on this great honor, and thank you for all that you do each day for the kids and for our community.
We are proud and humbled to have been named Indian River County's Organization of the Year by 211 of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and the kids, thank you so much for this great honor!
Our 2014 Angels Help our Kids Take Flight Fundraising Dinner was a great success, all thanks to our sponsors and attendees. All proceeds from the event will make it possible for hundreds of children in our community to attend our summer program. An extra special thanks goes to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes Benz Porsche Audi of Melbourne, for their continued support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. We greatly appreciate it!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County was awarded top honors by the United Way at their annual Community Leaders Breakfast. The Clubs were presented with the 2013 Agency Excellence Award for our "outstanding partnership, ability to measure and report results of our work, and because of the overall impact our agency has made on our community.
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