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Recognizing Our Youth
Youth of the Year Luncheon is February 27th  
 
Join us at the Warner Center Marriott on Saturday, February 27, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate our Club's Youths of the Year. The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring our Youth of the Year winner, Ruby Antosh, and our eight other Club awardees also named Youth of the Year representing their specific site, at our annual Youth of the Year Luncheon.   Individual tickets are available for $75 each and table sponsorships from $750 to $2,500. Sponsorships include tickets, advertising in the day-of-the-event program, and more.   For more information on sponsorships, contact Shani Grafman at s.grafman@wvbgc.org.
 
Thank you to Farmers Insurance, the official Presenting Sponsor, of the Club's Youth of the Year Program and to Cooper Communications, Inc, our luncheon sponsor. 
 
We look forward to seeing you on February 27, 2016 as we celebrate these outstanding representatives of our Club and community and honor them as our 2016 Youth of the Year:
 
  • Youth of the Year Winner - Ruby Antosh - Canoga Park High School
  • Youth of the Year Finalist - Kyle Whitmore - Canoga Park High School
  • Cleveland High School - Aqsa Iqbal
  • Chatsworth High School - Brualio Toxcon
  • Main Site (Teens) - Alejandra Aguilera
  • Main Site (Elementary) - Daniil Saveliev
  • Hale Charter Academy - Taryn Hogue
  • Reseda Elementary - Jeimy Vasquez
  • Blythe Elementary - Lisbeth Jacinto
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9th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off!
Children of the Boys & Girls Club to Benefit

 
The Club’s 9th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge, which was created to help instill the love of reading in members of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, is under way.  Last year, nearly 200 members earned the privilege to select one or more books at a local bookstore, all funded through community donations.
 
Between now and December 1, Club members will read age-appropriate books and write a review in order to qualify for a trip to Barnes & Noble bookstore in Calabasas.  At the bookstore, each child will have $25 to spend on one or more books for themselves or family members. Members of the San Fernando Valley business and civic community donate $25 for each child they want to sponsor.
 
“This program is about teaching children to love and value books and reading,” said Martin Cooper, President of Cooper Communications and Club Vice Chairman. “In order to make it a meaningful experience for both the children and the sponsors, we invite the sponsors attend at least one book-shopping excursion to help the children select their books.”   Read more
 
The Reading Challenge began nine years ago in celebration of Cooper Communications’ 25th anniversary.  The event, in which Cooper Communications provided $25 for each of 25 youngsters in its first year, has grown; this year’s goal is to raise enough to underwrite 200 children buying books for themselves or family members.
 
To make a tax-deductible donation, checks should be made out to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and sent to Marty Cooper, c/o Cooper Reading Challenge, 17547 Ventura Blvd., Suite 311, Encino, CA 91316.
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12th Annual Motor 4 Toys
Charity Car Show & Toy Drive

The Largest Charity Car Show and Toy Drive in the World!
 
Join more than 15,000 car enthusiasts, celebrity car owners, and members of car clubs from all over the Southwest United States on Sunday, December 6, 2015, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Anthem Blue Cross in Warner Center. There will be more than 5,000 exotic, classic, vintage, and collectible automobiles displayed to the public at the 12th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show & Toy Drive, the largest car show of its kind in the world.
 
This year's event is expected to result in donations of nearly 60,000 toys for underprivileged children for the holidays. Many of these toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, which distributes more than 800 toys to Club kids. Admission is free but guests are requested to make a donation of one new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.
 
Visit www.motor4toys.com for more information or to make a donation.
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"An Evening With Our Stars"
Celebrate, Enjoy and Show Your Support 

"Lights! Camera! Action!"
 
With those words, the magic of moviemaking begins.
 
For more than a century, motion pictures have been created in the San Fernando Valley, so it is appropriate that the Boys & Girls Club salute the movies and our organization's benefactors at a Great Futures Gala on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel.
 
The movie-themed evening will include entertainment, gourmet dinner, and a silent and live auction. We'll be putting our own superstars in the spotlight for their support of the Club and its activities.
 
The evening's honorees will be:
  • Corporate Caring for Kids Award -- Farmers Insurance
  • Robert D. Voit Award -- Gary M. Thomas (for his lifetime support of the Club)
  • Champion of Youth Award -- Allen M. Lawrence
  • Excellent Elected Award - Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
We invite supporters of the Club to become sponsors at the Club's largest fundraiser of the year. Sponsors receive recognition at the event, inclusion in a variety of materials including advertising in the Los Angeles Daily News and the Warner Center News, their name and/or logo on the Club website, and other benefits. 
 
More importantly, your support will help the Club to continue to carry out its mission of inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. 
 
For sponsorship information, tickets, and further information, contact Jan Sobel at 818-610-1054 or j.sobel@wvbgc.org.
 
"That's a wrap, folks!"
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8th Annual Mile of Quarters Continues its Success!
Changing Children's Lives with Quarters 

 


On Saturday, September 12, local families and community members joined the Club for its 8th Annual Mile of Quarters event at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. Hundreds of volunteer hours and 63,000 quarters later, more than $36,000 was raised to support Club programs!

During the day, kids helped lay quarters on the colorful carpet while the DJ filled the mall corridor with music. Children also enjoyed face painting, cotton candy, balloon twisting, and free yoga classes for adults and kids provided by Yogaworks! The event was a blast for everyone involved!

Thank you to our sponsors: Wells Fargo, Westfield, Keyes Motors, Kaiser Permanente, West Hills Hospital, Allen Lawrence & Associates, Cooper Communications, Majestic Asset Management, Aaron Thomas & Associates, Yogaworks, Neiman Marcus, Providence Health & Services, So. California Gas Company, FMS Financial Partners, Nancy Cartwright/Happy House, Gaspar Insurance Services, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, Daily News, and Ellen & Howard Wang and Vista Motors.  We couldn’t have been so successful without your support!

 
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Save the Date for the 8th Annual Mile of Quarters!
Changing Children's Lives with Quarters 

 
Once again, the Club will be hosting its free annual Mile of Quarters at the Westfield Topanga Mall on Saturday, September 12, 2015. This is the eighth year of this highly popular event. Quarters will be laid out stretching through the lower level of the mall in the walkway in front of Urban Outfitters. With a donation of $3.25, companies and individuals can lay down one foot of quarters or sponsor a Mile Marker for $1,000. All donations and sponsorships support the Club's programs for needy youths. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the entire family to the mall so they can learn to assist those who are less fortunate.
 
Help change a child's life by making a secure, online donation here! Please join to make this event the biggest success ever!
 
Please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel, at 818-610-1054, for sponsorship opportunities or more information.
 
Current sponsors include: Wells Fargo, Westfield, Allen Lawrence & Associates, Cooper Communications, Aaron Thomas & Associates, Providence Health Services, Keyes Motors, Kaiser Permanente, South California Gas Company, Neiman Marcus, FMS Financial Partners, Ellen & Howard Wang, Gaspar Insurance Services, West Hills Hospital, Nancy Cartwright, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, Yogaworks, The Daily News, and Majestic Asset Management.

 
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8th Annual Mile of Quarters is Coming Soon!
Get Ready to Change a Child's Life With Your Change

 
The Club’s 8th annual Mile of Quarters is almost here! This free family event will be held at the Westfield Topanga Mall on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
There will be a DJ, face painting, balloon twister, and magic shows for everyone to enjoy! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, everyone to help lay down quarters throughout the lower level of the mall, but the “main event” is helping youngsters of all ages cover the multi-colored carpet with thousands of quarters…quarters that will help the Club help its members toward positive and productive adulthood.
 
With a donation of $3.25, companies and individuals can lay down one foot of quarters. Please join the Club and help make this event the biggest success ever!
 
Mile Marker sponsorships are available and includes a display table at the event, recognition in the media (Daily News and San Fernando Valley Business Journal), and recognition on the day of the event.
 
Please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel, at 818-610-1054, for more information or to learn more about becoming a sponsor.
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A Big Success: 11th Annual Club de Cirque
$80,000 Raised to Support Club Programs

 
The Club held an amazing evening of gambling and auctions, Friday, June 12, at the 11th Annual Club de Cirque, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel, raising more than $80,000 to support Club programs!
 
More than 250 people participated in this year’s event that featured a Cirque-theme. Participants mingled while sipping specialty cocktails, viewing silent auction items, feasting on delicious food, cheering auction winners, and gambling the night away. Entertainment included Cirque performers from Dream World Cirque, arcade games, and dancing. The live and silent auctions were a huge success!
 
The Club thanks all sponsors for their participation and time. To view a list of sponsors, please click here.

The money raised will benefit more than 2,900 children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and its continued work to assure they have a safe and positive place to go every day after school and during summer vacation.  
 
Visit www.facebook.com/wvbgc to view event photos and daily updates.  
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8th Annual Mile of Quarters is Coming Soon!
Get Ready to Change a Child's Life With Your Change

 
The Club’s annual Mile of Quarters is almost here! This free event will be held at the Westfield Topanga Mall on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
There will be a DJ, face painting, balloon twister, and magic shows for everyone to enjoy! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, everyone to help lay down quarters throughout the lower level of the mall.
 
With a donation of $3.25, companies and individuals can lay down one foot of quarters. Please join the Club and help make this event the biggest success ever!
 
Mile Marker sponsorships are available and includes a display table at the event, recognition in the media (Daily News and San Fernando Valley Business Journal), and recognition on the day of the event.
 
Please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel, at 818-610-1054, for more information.

 
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11th Annual Club de Cirque
An Exciting Event you Don’t Want to Miss!

 
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up. Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Club de Cirque! Join us for an exciting evening on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel as we transform the Le Grand Salon into a wondrous nightclub and casino.
 
You’ll enjoy a fabulous reception with dinner, shows, exciting prizes and auctions, lots of casino gambling – including a poker tournament and MORE!  

Tickets to the event are $125 per person plus $50 to participate in the poker tournament. There are also table sponsorships available from $500 to $5,000. Ticket prices include hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails, dinner, gambling, casino cash, and Cirque de Soleil entertainment. 

For more information or to purchase tickets or table sponsorships, please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel at 818-610-1054 or j.sobel@wvbgc.org or you can pay online.

 
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Youth of the Year Honorees Recognized
Youth of the Year Luncheon – Saturday, February 28

 
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley recognized the Club's Youth of the Year honoree, 18-year-old Stephanie Gomez, and the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year from each Club site, at the 5th Annual Gala Luncheon on February 24, 2015.

More than 150 friends, family members, and Club supporters attended this special event at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel. It was a very moving and inspirational day for all those who attended.  The kids spoke about their experiences at the Club and what it means to be a member.  Attendees included Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, School Board Member Tamar Galatzan, and school principals and teachers.

Shown above are the honorees listed from left to right:
  • Chanel Cao (Main Site Teen)
  • Yaneli Guandiques (Main Site Elementary)
  • Alyssa Gandarilla (Reseda Elementary)
  • Stephanie Gomez – 2015 Youth of the Year (Chatsworth HS)
  • Aiden Lopez (Topeka Drive Elementary)
  • Sanah Hotaki (Hale Middle School)
  • Keane Lynch (Canoga Park High School)
  • William Martinez (Blythe Elementary)
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Recognizing Our Youths of the Year
Youth of the Year Luncheon – Saturday, February 28

 
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring the Club’s Youth of the Year winner, Stephanie Gomez, and all of the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year from each Club site this Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel at the annual Youth of the Year Luncheon. The honorees all represent the highest ideals of the Club and recognize those whose achievements make them notable young people.
 
Tickets are available at $75 each and table sponsorships are available from $750 to $2,500. Sponsorships include tickets, advertising in the day-of-the-event program and other recognitions and underwrite honorees and their families.

The sponsor of the event is Cooper Communications, Inc.
 
Youth of the Year Honorees include:
  • Youth of the Year Winner – Stephanie Gomez – Chatsworth High School
  • Youth of the Year Finalists – Keane Lynch – Canoga Park High School and Ron Guan – Canoga Park High School
  • Main Site (Teens) – Chanel Cao
  • Main Site (Elementary) – Yaneli Guanique
  • Hale Charter Academy – Sanah Hofotci
  • Reseda Elementary – Alyssa Gandarilla
  • Blythe Elementary – William Martinez
  • Topeka Elementary – Aiden Lopez

If you are interested in sponsoring the Luncheon or the Youth of the Year Program please see our sponosrship opportunities.  For more information please contact Kelsy Maruyama, Vice President, at (818) 610-1054.
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2015 Youth of the Year Winner
Stephanie Gomez

 
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley is proud to introduce the winner of its prestigious Youth of the Year Award to seventeen-year-old Stephanie Gomez.
 
Stephanie is a senior at Chatsworth High School and takes part in various Club activities. She is a member of the debate class at Pierce College, volunteers at the Main Site, and is involved in raising awareness about the environment. Since joining the Boys & Girls Club two years ago, Stephanie has been on the path of continuing her post-secondary education. She has received early admission to the school of her choice, Mount St. Mary’s College, where she’ll be studying nursing.  
 
Youth of the Year nominees are selected for their motivation to pursue higher education despite the odds that may be against them and for serving as role models to other Club members. “As a young woman, Stephanie’s determination to be a better person and help others” is, according to staff members who work with her  “exemplary. She truly is a ball of positive energy that uses her experience of being bullied to uplift others.”
 
At the Club she is so welcoming to other members, takes full advantage of working with tutors and makes sure to spread happiness, positive energy and motivation. “Of all the qualities Stephanie possesses, her charisma will take her a long way in life,” said Jan Sobel, the Club’s President/CEO.
 
Youth of the Year is a national Boys & Girls Club program established by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1947. Each year students compete at the local, state, and regional levels with a goal to become the overall National Youth of the Year, and includes financial rewards as well as an opportunity to meet with the President of the United States. Each local Club chooses a Youth of the Year based on leadership, good citizenship, and civic responsibility.

 
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Recognizing Our Youths of the Year
Youth of the Year Luncheon – Saturday, February 28

 
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring the Club’s Youth of the Year winner, Stephanie Gomez, and all the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year at each Club site on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel at the annual Youth of the Year Luncheon. Tickets are available at $75 each and table sponsorships are available from $750 to $2,500. Sponsorships include tickets, advertising in the day-of-the-event program and other recognitions and underwrite honorees and their families.

The sponsor of the event is Cooper Communications, Inc.
 
Youth of the Year Honorees include:
  • Youth of the Year Winner – Stephanie Gomez – Chatsworth High School
  • Youth of the Year Finalists – Keane Lynch – Canoga Park High School and Ron Guan – Canoga Park High School
  • Main Site (Teens) – Chanel Cao
  • Main Site (Elementary) – Yaneli Guanique
  • Hale Charter Academy – Sanah Hofotci
  • Reseda Elementary – Alyssa Gandarilla
  • Blythe Elementary – William Martinez
  • Topeka Elementary – Aiden Lopez

If you are interested in sponsoring the Luncheon or the Youth of the Year Program please see our sponosrship opportunities.  For more information please contact Kelsy Maruyama, Vice President, at (818) 610-1054.
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Successful Holiday Toy Drive
Helped Make it a Cheery Season for Club Kids


The 2014 Holiday Party on December 19 was a very joyful event for all Club members. Kids at all eight sites enjoyed a delicious holiday meal as well as music and games, and each child received a holiday toy. Thank you to our generous toy donors! Members who attend the Club daily were able to choose from hundreds of wrapped presents. Each child who participated was delighted to go home with a brand new toy to play with.
 
Thank you to Procter & Gamble, ChiPs for Kids, Motor 4 Toys, Magic Mountain, Keyes Motors, Blue Shield, Wells Fargo, Josh Anderson, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, and Assemblymember Matt Dababneh for all the wonderful toy donations. Special thanks to Vista Ford for sponsoring the food and activities at all school site holiday parties.

 
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8th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge
More Than 220 Club Members Given the Gift of Reading!
 
More than 220 children from the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley examined their treasures during the 8th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge. Qualifying Club children were taken to Barnes & Noble in Calabasas and received $25 each to buy books for themselves or as holiday presents for loved ones.
 
For many of the children, the visit to the bookstore was a first-time experience. This event was not only rewarding and memorable for the children, but also for the sponsors who actively participated by attending this wonderful and enriching program. Underwriting for the program came from dozens of community and business leaders, many of whom attended Barnes & Noble to help the kids select their books.
 
Martin Cooper created the event in 2007 to invite and encouraged children from the Club to share their love for books. Children qualified by reading and writing a report on an age-appropriate book of their choice, which Club staff reviewed. Over the years, more than 1,260 children have had the opportunity to visit a bookstore during the holidays and buy $25 worth of books each for themselves or family members.

 
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11th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charity Car Show & Toy Drive
The Largest Charity Car Show and Toy Drive in the World!
 
Join more than 15,000 car enthusiasts, celebrity car owners, and members of car clubs from all over the Southwest United States on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Anthem Blue Cross in Warner Center. There will be more than 5,000 exotic, classic, vintage, and collectible automobiles displayed to the public at the 11th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show & Toy Drive, the largest car show of its kind in the world.
 
This year's event is expected to result in donations of nearly 60,000 toys for underprivileged children for the holidays. Many of these toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, which distributes more than 800 toys to Club kids. Admission is free but guests are requested to make a donation of one new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.
 
Visit www.motor4toys.com for more information or to make a donation.

 
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8th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off
Give the Gift of Reading to the Club’s Youth
 
The 8th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge, which was created to help instill the love of reading in children at the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, is under way! Last year, 230 Boys & Girls Club children earned the privilege of selecting one or more books at a local bookstore, all funded through community donations.

Between now and December 1, children at all of the Club’s locations will read age-appropriate books and write a review in order to qualify for a trip to Barnes & Noble bookstore in Calabasas. At the bookstore, each child will have $25 to spend on one or more books for themselves or family members.
 
“This program isn’t about fundraising, it’s about teaching children to love and value books and reading,” said Martin Cooper, President of Cooper Communications. “In order to make it a meaningful experience for both the children and the sponsors, we invite the sponsors to attend at least one book-shopping excursion to help the children select their books on December 2, 3, or 4 at Barnes and Noble at The Commons in Calabasas.”
 
To make a tax-deductible donation, click here for a secure, online donation.
 
The Reading Challenge began eight years ago in celebration of Cooper Communications’ 25th anniversary. The event, in which Cooper Communications provided $25 for each of 25 youngsters in its first year, has grown exponentially.
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It Just Takes One Campaign
One Person Can Make a Difference in a Child's Life

 
It just takes one person to make a lasting difference in a child's life. Young people today face greater challenges than ever. Negative influences, online, on television, and in the neighborhood, are everywhere and can affect a child's future. The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley knows that it takes just one caring adult to make a lasting change in the life of a child.
 
The “It Just Takes One” campaign is designed to help the Club continue to operate and to provide a positive place for more than 3,000 children each year. In order to provide young people with exciting programs and a safe environment, the Club relies on the generosity of the community. The members of our Board Directors, staff, and volunteers, all contribute. Won’t you join us in making this a better community and being “The One”?
 
To make a secure, online donation, please click here.

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A Big Success: 10th Annual Club de Cirque
$83,000 Raised to Support Club Programs

 

The Club held an amazing evening of gambling and auctions, Friday, July 10, at the 10th Annual Club de Cirque, inside the Warner Center Marriott Hotel, raising more than $83,000 to support Club programs!

This year the event featured a transformation of a Cuban-theme into a Cirque-theme event. Participants mingled while sipping specialty cocktails, viewing silent auction items, feasting on delicious food, cheering auction winners, and gambling the night away. Entertainment included Cirque performers from Dream World Cirque, arcade games, and dancing. The live and silent auctions were a huge success!

The Club thanks all sponsors for their participation and time. To view a list of sponsors, click here.
 
The money raised will benefit more than 2,900 children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and its continued work to assure they have a safe and positive place to go every day after school.


Visit www.facebook.com/wvbgc to view event photos and daily updates.
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California United Bank’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament
Golf while Supporting Non-Profit Organizations
 
Save the date to participate in the 8th Annual Golf Tournament hosted by long-time Club supporter, California United Bank, held on Monday, September 29, 2014, at the Sherwood Country Club. This event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, Casa Pacifica, SHAWL Women’s House, and Western Youth Services, as well as recognize CUB’s Community Service Award Recipient, Paul Reitzin. Proceeds will further the programs of the four non-profit organizations, which serve thousands of children and women who are very much in need of your support and generosity. 

The tournament includes a hole-in one, putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive. After the tournament, there will be a cocktail reception, including a live auction with incredible prizes and a Losers Raffle! For $100, participants will have a chance to win $10,000! Playing at CUB's Tourney is not just "playing," it's supporting the betterment of our youth and our community!

To participate in this event and to help make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders please visit www.californiaunitedbank.com/golf2014

 
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10th Annual Club de Cuba – Friday, July 11
A Casino Night Reinvented
 
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up. Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Club de Cuba, newly named Club de Cirque! Join us for an exciting evening Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel as we transform the Le Grand Salon into a wondrous nightclub and casino.
 
The biggest excitement this year is the transformation of a Cuban-themed night into a Cirque-themed event that you can’t miss! You’ll enjoy a fabulous reception with dinner, shows, exciting prizes and auctions, lots of casino gambling – including a poker tournament and MORE!  

Tickets to the event are $100 per person plus $50 to participate in the poker tournament. There are also table sponsorships available from $5,000 to $500. Ticket prices include hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails, dinner, gambling, casino cash, and thrilling entertainment. 

For more information or to purchase tickets or table sponsorships, please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel at 818-610-1054 or j.sobel@wvbgc.org. You can also download the form here.
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Don’t Lose Out: Summer Camp Is Just Around the Corner
Time to Sign Your Child Up!
 
Summer Camp will be held at the Main Clubhouse from June 16 to August 1, 2014. For seven weeks kids will be taking part in fun and exciting activities along with a nutritious lunch and snack. Some of the activities include arts & crafts, photography, sports, dance, summer learning programs, and much more! In addition to the activities, kids will have the opportunity to participate in fun-filled field trips.
 
The Club’s Summer Camp is such a great value that it sells out every year; register now to be sure and have spot for your child or children.
 
The Summer Camp fee is $75 a week or $500 for the complete seven weeks. For more information please contact the Club at 818-610-1054.
The application for Summer Camp is available here.
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A Look Into The Annual Talent Show
Blythe Elementary School
 
Kids at Blythe Elementary School took part in the 2014 Talent Show on May 22, 2014. It was a very exciting and talent-driven event for the entire faculty, administrators and parents that attended.
 
The kids presented their talents by dancing, singing, acting, and playing instruments to the audience. As a grand finale, staff members danced to the well-known songs, “Thriller” and “Happy.” According to the site coordinator, Fatima Gutierrez, “The talent show was a huge success; this event is what our members look forward to all year long.”

 
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Career Expo logo
On Thursday May 22nd, the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be hosting the 3rd Annual Career Expo from 4:00-6:00pm. Aimed with the purpose of exposing our members to professionals of various careers and providing an opportunity to network with them, this Career Expo is designed to demystify the fears of pursuing a professional career for teens.

There will be over 20 industries represented including: aviation, bio-tech, dentistry, law enforcement, financial, pharmaceutical, geology, insurance, and sports medicine. Teens will also be able to benefit from workshops such as Macy's "Dress for Success" and interviewing skills. Free food and prizes will be provided to attending members and all community members are welcome. We hope to see you there.

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Youth of Year Awards Luncheon
Congratulations to the Honorees
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley recognized the Club’s Youth of the Year honoree, 18-year-old Janelle Downs, and the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year from each Club site at a gala luncheon earlier this month. More than 150 friends, family members, and Club supporters attended this special luncheon at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel on Saturday, April 5. It was a very moving and inspirational day for all who attended, according to many who were in attendance.

Shown above are the honorees listed from left to right: Cindy Rossal, Maria Barajas, Jesse Espino, Catherine Guzman, Janelle Downs, Carolyn Mayberry, Prince Salvador, Lincoln Torres, Rony Fuentes, Raquel Lopez

City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and Assemblymember Matt Dababneh spoke to the group about their own childhood experiences and expressed their continuing support of the organization.

The honorees expressed what the Club means to them and how it has changed their lives. This event is a powerful reminder of why the Club continues to serve more than 3,100 children of challenging circumstances in the West Valley, according to President/CEO Jan Sobel.

Visit our Facebook page to view photographs of the Club’s impressive Youth of the Year winners! www.facebook.com/wvbgc
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Recognizing Our Youths of the Year
Youth of the Year Luncheon - Saturday, April 5

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring the Club’s Youth of the Year winner, Janelle Downs, and all the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year at each Club site on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel for a Youth of the Year Luncheon. Tickets are available at $50 each and table sponsorships are $500 (includes four tickets and underwrites honorees and families).

The sponsor of the event is Cooper Communications, Inc.
 
Youth of the Year is a national Boys & Girls Club program established by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1947. Each year students compete at the local, state, and regional levels with a goal to become the overall National Youth of the Year, and includes financial rewards as well as an opportunity to meet with the President of the United States. Each local Club chooses a Youth of the Year based on leadership, good citizenship, and civic responsibility.
 
Below are the Youths of the Year from each of the Club’s sites:
 

Cleveland High School - Jesse Espino 

Canoga Park High School – Cindy Rossal

 

Chatsworth High School – Maria Barajas 















Main Site – Prince Salvador 

 

Tierra Del Sol – Rony Fuentes 

Bythe Elementary – Catherine Guzman 

 

Reseda Elementary – Raquel Lopez 


       
     Hale Charter Academy –
     Lincoln Torres 
   

Topeka Drive Elementary – Carolyn Mayberry
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3rd Annual Career Expo
Hosted by the College Bound Program
 
    
On May 22, 2014, the Club’s College Bound Program hosted the 3rd Annual Career Expo at the Main Clubhouse. The event comes on the heels of College Bound's Career Readiness component where students work on researching possible career options, majors, and universities while also participating in workshops to prepare them for the workforce.

The Career Expo was a huge success with more than 100 people taking part, including more than 20 professionals representing such business fields as: health care, legal, pharmaceutical, aviation, biotech, finance, law enforcement, sports medicine, sign language interpreter, firefighting, entrepreneurs, military service, and geology.
 
It was definitely inspiring to hear from the two motivational speakers who shared their success stories with everyone. Delia Guarneros, a Club alumni and architect at Design ARC spoke about her experience with the Club and how she went about achieving her goals. Robert Craighead, our West Hills neighbor and actor, also spoke to the students about his journey in breaking through Hollywood’s doors and making a career out of his talents.
 
As part of the Career Fair, Macy’s held a “Dress For Success” workshop where Club members learned how to make a good first impression at job interviews.  Participants also enjoyed free food, drinks and prizes thanks to our sponsors, Woodland Hills Rotary, Stonefire Grill, Jarritos, Costco, Target and Trader Joes.

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7th Annual Mile of Quarters Raises more than $40,000
The Club Went The Extra Mile for its Kids!
 

On Saturday, March 22, local families and community members joined the Club for its 7th Annual Mile of Quarters event at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. Hundreds of volunteer hours and 68,000 quarters later, more than $40,000 was raised to support Club programs.

Throughout the day, kids helped lay quarters on the colorful carpet while the DJ filled the mall corridor with music. Children also enjoyed face painting, cotton candy, balloon twisting and several magic shows from Joey Magic! The event was a blast for everyone involved!

Elected officials who represent the area were on hand to show their support for the Club. California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (45th District), L.A. City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield (Third District) and Mitch Englander (12th District) lauded the Club’s contributions to the community.

A huge thanks to all of our generous sponsors and those who donated! Also, a special thanks to those community members and other volunteers for donating their time!

Sponsors included:
Westfield Topanga & Promenade, Wells Fargo Bank, Allen Lawrence & Associates, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, Cooper Communications, Countdown Printables, The Daily News, FMS Partners, Gaspar Insurance Services, Grapheex, Nancy Cartwright/Happy House, Kaiser Permanente, Keyes Motors, Kim & Scott Krivis, Neiman Marcus, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Southern California Gas Company, State Farm Insurance, Gary M. Thomas, Ellen & Howard Wang and West Hills Hospital.

 

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7th Annual Mile of Quarters Almost Here!
Come Change a Child's Life With Your Change
 
The Club’s annual Mile of Quarters is almost here! This free event will be held at the Westfield Topanga Mall on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a kick-off ceremony at 12 p.m.
 
There will be a DJ, face painting, balloon twister, and magic shows for everyone to enjoy! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, everyone to help lay down quarters throughout the lower level of the mall in the walkway between Sears and Neiman Marcus (in front of Urban Outfitters).
 
With a donation of $3.25, companies and individuals can lay down one foot of quarters. Help change a child’s life by making a secure, online donation here! Please join the Club and help make this event the biggest success ever!
 
Please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel, at 818-610-1054, for more information.

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Youth of the Year Luncheon

Congratulations to All the Winners
 

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley honored the Club’s Youth of the Year winner, 18-year-old Tom Tran, and all the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year from each Club site. More than 150 friends, family members, and Club supporters attended this special luncheon at the Woodland Hills Marriott on April 6. It was a very moving and inspirational day for all who attended.

City Councilmember Dennis Zine and Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield spoke to the group about their own childhood experiences and support of the organization.

It was very heart-warming and inspiring to hear from the students about what the Club means to them and how it has changed their lives. This event is a powerful reminder of why the Club continues to serve more than 2,900 children of challenging circumstances in the West Valley.

Visit our Facebook page to view photographs of our impressive Youth of the Year winners!

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Recognizing Our Special Nominees & Honorees
2013 Youth of the Year Luncheon - April 6

 

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley is proud to announce that Quang “Tom” Tran, who has been a Club member for four years, is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Youth of the Year Award.

The Club will be honoring all of the members who have been named Youth of the Year at each of our sites on Saturday, April 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriot Hotel for a Youth of the Year Awards Luncheon. Tickets are available for purchase for $50 and table sponsorships are $400 (includes two tickets and sponsors six members and family).

The sponsor of the event is Cooper Communications, Inc. 

Youth of the Year is a national Boys & Girls Club program that develops outstanding Club members into knowledgeable spokespersons for their Club and community. Each local Club chooses a Youth of the Year based on leadership, good citizenship, and civic responsibility.

According to Club Chairman Gary Thomas, “This is an event where our honorees and their parents/guardians have an opportunity to interact with the Club’s supporters, and for our supporters to really see the wonderful work the Club does. For me, it’s the best event of the year in terms of really seeing how the Club changes lives and prepares young people to become positive forces in our community.” 

For more information or to purchase tickets or table sponsorships, please contact Vice President Kelsy Maruyama at (818) 610-1054. 

Finalist at Canoga Park High School- Stephanie Lau

Canoga Park Site- Hanna Davis

Blythe Elementary- Alie Donzo

Reseda Elementary- Alexandra Arias

Hale Middle School- Christian Goryan

Tierra Del Sol- Jessica Dominguez

Topeka Elementary- Benjamin Wargowski

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6th Annual Mile of Quarters Approaching Quickly
Join Us at this Free Family Event

 

On Saturday, February 23, local families and community members joined the Club for its 6th Annual Mile of Quarters event at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. Tons of volunteers and 63,000 quarters, later, $34,000 was raised to support Club programs.

Throughout the day, kids helped lay quarters on the colorful carpet while DJ Shammy Dee filled the mall corridor with music. Children also enjoyed face painting, cotton candy, and several magic shows! The event was a blast for everyone involved!

A huge thank you to all of our generous sponsors and those who donated! We couldn't have done this without you! Also, a special thanks to our community and volunteers for donating their time!

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109 Club Members Attended the 6th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge
These Members were Given the Gift of Reading!

 

The 6th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge was a great success. One hundred and ninety Club members visited the Warner Center Barnes & Noble in Woodland Hills and selected books to purchase. Each Club member received $25 to buy books for themselves or as holiday presents for family members. 

For many of the children, the visit to a bookstore was a first-time experience. This event was rewarding and memorable to the children as well as the sponsors many of whom actively participated by attending this wonderful and inspiring program and helping the kids pick out their books…adding to their involvement with this annual event.

The Club thanks Vice Chairman of the Club, Marty Cooper, and all of those who donated to make this such a memorable event for our Club members. 

For those interested in taking part in this program next year, please contact Terry Stevens at 
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7th Annual California United Bank Golf Tournament Was a Hit
Swinging to Support Our Youth
 
On October 28, 2013, California United Bank hosted its 7th Annual Golf Tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The event raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, Casa Pacifica, and Easter Seals Disability Services. The Club received $67,000 to further programs and serve hundreds of children who are very much in need of your support and generosity.

The great day of golf was followed by a cocktail reception, an incredible live auction, awards, and an amazing “Loser’s Raffle” with tons of prizes! Thank you California United Bank, its customers, and friends for their continued support of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley.
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7th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off
Children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley to Benefit

The 7th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge, which was created to help instill the love of reading in children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, is under way. Last year, 195 Boys & Girls Club children earned the privilege of selecting one or more books at a local bookstore, all funded through community donations.

Between now and December 1, children of the Club will read age-appropriate books and write a review in order to qualify for a trip to Barnes & Noble bookstore in Calabasas. At the bookstore, each child will have $25 to spend on one or more books for themselves or family members.

The Reading Challenge began seven years ago in celebration of Cooper Communications’ 25th anniversary. The event, in which Cooper Communications provided $25 for each of 25 youngsters in its first year, has grown exponentially.

“This program isn’t about fundraising, it’s about teaching children to love and value books and reading,” said Martin Cooper, President of Cooper Communications. “In order to make it a meaningful experience for both the children and the sponsors, we invite the sponsors attend at least one book-shopping excursion to help the children select their books.”

 

To make a tax-deductible donation, click here for a secure, online donation. Checks should be made out to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and sent to Marty Cooper, c/o Cooper Reading Challenge,

17547 Ventura Blvd., Suite 311, Encino, CA 91316.

To make the excursion even more memorable, Barnes & Noble will provide a 20 percent discount on book purchases and even treat the kids to snacks while they shop.

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10th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charity Car Show & Toy Drive
The Largest Charity Toy-Drive Car Show in the World!
 
Join more than 15,000 car enthusiasts, celebrity car owners, and members of car clubs from all over the Southwest United States on Sunday, December 1, 2013, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Anthem Blue Cross in Warner Center. There will be more than 5,000 exotic, classic, vintage, and collectible automobiles displayed to the public at the 10th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show & Toy Drive, the largest car show of its kind in the world. 

This year’s event is expected to result in donations of nearly 50,000 toys for underprivileged children for the holidays. Many of these toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, which distributes more than 800 toys to Club kids. Admission is free but guests are requested to make a donation of one new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.


Visit www.motor4toys.com for more information or to make a donation.

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Macy's Thanks for Sharing
Join Macy's 11th Year of Benefiting the Club
 
Join the Club for the annual Macy’s Thanks for Sharing campaign, the best give-back event for Macy’s cardholders. As a valued supporter, Macy’s cardholders will have the opportunity to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the West Valley and get 10 percent rewards.

In the last five years, the Club has received more than $100,000 from the Thanks for Sharing campaign. Now in its eleventh year, this campaign has raised more than $100 million for a variety of charitable causes. Your enrollment will help continue the success!

Beginning September 11, 2013, Macy’s cardholders can enroll with a $25 one-time fee charged to their Macy’s card. They’ll accumulate 10 percent rewards on most Macy’s card purchases from the day of enrollment through December 31, 2013. 

Macy’s will donate $10 for each enrollment to the Club. The stores benefiting the West Valley Boys & Girls Club include Macy’s at Topanga, Promenade, and Northridge malls. 

Ask a sale’s associate at your Macy’s store. Together you and the Club will celebrate the eleventh year of making magic at Macy’s!
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9th Annual Club De Cuba Was Fantastic
Guests Enjoyed a Fabulous Evening While Raising Funds for the Club
 
The Club held an amazing evening of gambling and auctions, Friday, June 28, at the 9th Annual Club de Cuba, raising more than $78,000!

The Outdoor Urban Oasis of the Warner Center Marriott Hotel was transformed into a Cuban nightclub where attendees mingled while sipping specialty cocktails, viewing silent auction items, feasting on delicious food, cheering auction winners, listening to the Club’s live band perform, and gambling the night away. The live and silent auctions were a huge success!

Thank you to the major sponsors, California United Bank, Woodland Hills Marriott Warner Center Hotel, Voit Real Estate Services, and Wells Fargo Bank, for making this event possible. Thank you to all of the other sponsors, attendees, committee members, and auction donors for helping make this year’s event the best one yet!

The money raised will benefit more than 2,900 children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and its continued work to assure they have a safe and positive place to go every day after school. 

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9th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show &
Toy Drive - December 2, 2012

More Than 5,000 Exotic Cars & $50,000 Toys

Join more than 15,000 car enthusiasts, celebrity car owners, and members of car clubs from all over the Southwest United States on Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Anthem Blue Cross in Warner Center. There will be more than 5,000 exotic, classic, vintage, and collectible automobiles displayed to the public at the 9th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show and Toy Drive, the largest car show of its kind in the world. 

This year’s event is expected to result in donations of nearly 50,000 toys for underprivileged children for the holidays. Many of these toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, which distributes more than 800 toys to Club kids. Admission is free but guests are requested to make a donation of one new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.

Visit www.motor4toys.com for more information or to make a donation.
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4th Annual Halloween Haunted House and Carnival
Chills and Thrills for Everyone
 
On October 29 and 30 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., The Boys & Girls Club’s annual Halloween event will be here! The entire Clubhouse will be converted into a spooktacular haunted house and maze. There will be an outdoor carnival with games, food, beverages, prizes, and fun for the whole family! Tickets can be purchased at the Club for $5, food tickets from $1-$5, and game tickets from $0.25-$1. 

The Club is accepting a variety of donations for the haunted house and in exchange you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bike or a gift basket! 

Please call the Club for a list of wanted donated items 818-610-1054.
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California United Bank's 6th Annual Golf Tournament
Come Golf to Support Our Youth

Save the date to participate in the 6th Annual Golf Tournament hosted by California United Bank, held on Monday, October 8, 2012, at the Sherwood Country Club. This event will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, Casa Pacifica, and Easter Seals Disability Services and recognize CUB’s Community Service Award Recipient, Roy Salter. Proceeds will further the programs of the three nonprofit organizations, which serve thousands of children who are very much in need of your support and generosity. 

The tournament includes a "hole-in one" car, putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive. After the tournament, there will be a cocktail reception, including a live auction with incredible prizes and a "Losers" Raffle! For $100 participants will have a chance to win $10,000! Playing at CUB's Tourney is not just "playing," it's supporting the betterment of our youth and our community!

To participate in this event and help make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders please visit 
www.cunb.com/golf2012.
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Club Celebrates Its 20 Anniversay at a Gala on Friday, July 27, 2012
Honorees Include Club Founder Bob Voit

 
Bob VoitTo celebrate the Club’s 20th Anniversary, a Gala will be held at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel the evening of Friday, July 27, honoring the Club’s Founders and the many generous people who have supported it throughout its 20-year history. 

The Founders’ Award will be presented to Bob Voit (Voit Real Estate Services).  Bob and a group of community leaders realized in the early 1990s that there was a need for a safe place for kids to go after school and together they started the West Valley Boys & Girls Club.

David RainerDavid Rainer (California United Bank) will receive the Champion of Youth Award for his personal and professional support of the Club.  When the Club was struggling financially in 2007, David created a golf tournament with the proceeds going to the Club; in the last five years that annual tournament has raised nearly $500,000 for the Club.

The Corporate Caring for Kids Awardswill be presented to Wells Fargo Bankfor its ongoing commitment to the kids through its support of the Club’s successful Project Learn program.  Wells Fargo Bank was also the first, and continues to be the major, sponsor of the annual Mile of Quarters.

The Hearts and Hands Award will go to Blue Shield of California for the ongoing commitment of its employees to volunteer at the Club.  The Blue Shield employees have conducted toy drives during the holidays, wrapped more than 600 Holiday gifts annually and have painted, cleaned and volunteered for a variety of projects at the Club.  They have truly contributed both with their hearts and hands.

Others will be recognized during the evening for the commitment and support of our programs and kids.

Join the Club as we celebrate the Club’s growth, achievements, and dedication to provide the West Valley community with a safe and positive place for kids!

For more information about the year-long 20th Anniversary celebration, please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel at 818-610-1054 or 
j.sobel@wvbgc.org.

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Youth of the Year Awards Luncheon
Recognizing Our Winners & Nominees

 
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley honored the Club’s Youth of the Year winner, sixteen-year-old Jorden Sneed, and all the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year at each Club site on Saturday, April 14, at an Awards Luncheon at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel. It was a very special and inspirational day for all who attended.

Club Board Members, Sponsors, along with the proud Club Staff, School Principals, and family members of the awardees were among the attendees.

Jorden has been a member of the Club since she was eight years old and has overcome many personal struggles with thanks to the support of Club staff, programs, and members. Jorden was one of four candidates  in the High School Division to be considered for the title of Youth of the Year, along with Canoga Park High School’s Ashley Youngquist, age 17; Ulisez Diaz, age 17; and Thalia Sanchez, age 17. All four nominees are outstanding representatives of the Club, which, according to Club Chairman Gary Thomas, made the final decision extremely difficult for the judges.

The following Club members were named Youth of the Year at our other Club sites:  Main site – Melissa Guardado, age 14; Blythe Elementary – Amanda Farrias 7; Reseda Elementary – Anny Lam, 10; Topeka Elementary – Adam DeCesare, 9; Hale Charter Academy – Malika Steen, age 11; and Tierra Del Sol – Anthony Madrigal,  age 10. 

It was very heart-warming and inspiring to hear from the students about what the Club means to them, how it has changed their lives. This event is a powerful reminder of why the Club continues to serve more than 3,100 underprivileged children in the West Valley.

Visit our YouTube Channel to watch a video of our amazing Youth of the Year winners! 
www.youtube.com/wvbgc.
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8th Annual Club De Cuba Was Spectacular 
Guests Enjoyed a Fabulous Evening While Raising Funds for the Club

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley held an amazing evening of Cuban-themed fun, Friday, March 30, at our largest annual fundraiser, Club de Cuba, raising more than $77,000

The Grand Ballroom of the Warner Center Marriott Hotel was transformed into a Cuban nightclub where attendees mingled while sipping specialty cocktails and viewing auction items, feasting on delicious food, cheering auction winners and gambling the night away. The silent and live auctions were a huge success! Deejay Sweet P, Negma Dance Company, and Arthur Murray Dance Studio kept the party alive with great music and dancing! 


This event raised the important resources to benefit more than 3,100 children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and our continued work to make sure they have a safe and positive place to go every day after school.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees, committee members and auction donors for helping make this year’s event the best one yet! 

To see photos from Club de Cuba, click here!  
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Recognizing Our Special Winners & Nominees
Youth of the Year Luncheon - April 14
 
We are very proud to introduce the winner of the prestigious Youth of the Year Award to sixteen-year-old Jorden Sneed, who has been a Club member since she was eight years old.

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring all of the members who have been named Youth of the Year at each of our sites on Saturday, April 14, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel for a Youth of the Year Awards Luncheon. Tickets are $50 and Table Sponsorships are $350 (includes 2 tickets and 6 seats for youth and their families.)

The following Club members have been named Youth of the Year at our other Club sites:  Main site – Melissa Guardado, age 13; Blythe Elementary – Amanda Farrias 7; Reseda Elementary – Anny Lam, 10; Topeka Elementary – Adam DeCesare, 9; Hale Charter Academy – Malika Steen, age 11; and Tierra Del Sol – Anthony Madrigal,  age 10.  

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Vice President Kelsy Maruyama at 818-610-1054.
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8th Annual Club De Cuba - Friday, March 30
Ante Up - Just a Few Poker Tourney Seats Open!

Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Club de Cuba Fiesta! Join us for an exciting evening Friday, March 30 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel as we transform the Grand Ballroom into a Cuban nightclub and casino. Enjoy a fabulous reception with dinner, dancing, exciting prizes and auctions, lots of casino gambling – including a poker tournament and MORE!  

Tickets to the event are $100 per person plus $150 to participate in the poker tournament, and include hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails, dinner, gambling, casino cash, and entertainment by DJ Sweet P, Negma Dance Company, and Arthur Murray Dance Studio. 

The Grand Prize for the Poker Tournament is a Deluxe Las Vegas Package! There is limited seating to participate and each buy-in is $50, so be sure to tell your friends and sign-up as soon as possible! 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel at 818-610-1054 or 
j.sobel@wvbgc.org.
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Cooper Reading Challenge
258 Club Members Given the Gift of Reading!

 
The 5th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge was a great success. Two hundred and fifty-eight Club members visited Barnes & Noble in Woodland Hills and select books to purchase. Each Club member received $25 to buy books for themselves or as holiday presents for loved ones.

For many of the children, the visit to the bookstore was a first-time experience. This event was not only rewarding and memorable for the children, but also for the sponsors who actively participated by attending this wonderful and enriching program. Underwriting for the program came from dozens of community and business leaders, many of whom attended Barnes & Noble to help the kids select their books.

The Club thanks David Clark, General Manager of Barnes & Noble, and Vice Chairman of the Club, Marty Cooper, who made this such a memorable event for our Club members.

For those interested in taking part in this program next year, please contact Terry Stevens at 
tstevens@coopercomm.net.
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Winter Happenings!
Parties, Programs, and Proceeds!

 
More than 100 Club members enjoyed a delicious feast at the Club in celebration of Thanksgiving. Thank you to all the Club parents who provided the hot meals and yummy desserts for our kids to enjoy! 

Creator of the National Anti-Bullying Campaign, Harmony-by-Karate, Sensei John Mirrione, visited the Club for an Anti-Bullying Assembly for our Club members. The renowned karate, fitness and spiritual expert taught Club members valuable lessons and demonstrated methods of inner strength and self-empowerment to put an end to bullying. 

On Sunday, Dec. 4, thousands of people in the West Valley community came together for the 8th Annual Motor4Toys Charitable Car Show where 5,000 exotic, classic, vintage, and collectible automobiles were on display. More than 20,000 toys were collected for less fortunate children; 4,500 of which were donated to 22 Boys & Girls Clubs in Los Angeles! 

The Club’s Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 16 was a wonderful celebration! Club members started their holiday break right with delicious food, exciting games, and awesome gifts thanks to our generous donors!
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5th Annual Cooper Reading Challenge
Participate in this Meaningful Experience

 
Five years ago, in celebration of Cooper Communications’ 25th anniversary, Vice Chairman Marty Cooper started the Cooper Reading Challenge to teach children to love and value books and reading. 

A $25 sponsorship allows a Club member to go to the Barnes & Noble in Woodland Hills on the afternoons of December 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9 to select one or more books for themselves or a family member. For many of the children, a trip to the bookstore is a “first-time” experience. 

The Club staff will select the children who will receive books, based on regularly reading books at the Club and writing a book review. Last year, enough people participated in this project to allow more than 200 Club members to buy one or more books and have the opportunity to learn about the love of reading.

Barnes & Noble is giving our Club members a special 20 percent discount, as well as providing them with snacks and other things to help make this a truly memorable experience for the children who participate.  We are grateful for their support of this program.

For more information or to sponsor one or more children in this year’s Reading Challenge, please contact Terry Stevens at 818-789-5454 or 
tstevens@coopercomm.net for details.
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8th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show - Dec. 4
More Than 5,000 Exoituc Cars & 50,000 Toys

Join more than 15,000 car enthusiasts, celebrity car owners, and members of car clubs from all over the Southwest United States on Sunday, Dec. 4th, 6:30 am until 12:00 pm, where more than 5,000 exotic, classic, vintage and collectible automobiles (including 20 vehicles valued at more than $1 million) will be on display to the public at the 8th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car show, the largest car show of its kind in the world.

This year’s event is expected to collect nearly 50,000 toys for underprivileged children for the holidays, 15,000 of which will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs in  LA County! Admission is free, but guests are requested to make a donation of one new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.

Visit 
www.motor4toys.com for more information or to make a donation.

The event will feature rows of spectacular automobiles including the world’s fastest street legal sports cars and rare limited production vehicles such as the Bugatti Veyron Grandsport, Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Reventon, McLaren F1, and the Pagazni Zonda; armored law enforcement vehicles; custom muscle cars; vintage Formula I and Le Mans race cars; and mountains and mountains of toys.


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