Eleventh Annual Cooper Reading Challenge Kicks Off!
The holiday spirit is upon us! The Eleventh 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, nearly 200 Boys & Girls Club children earned the privilege to select one or more books at a local bookstore, all funded through individual 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 11 years ago in celebration of Cooper Communications’ twenty-fifth anniversary, when the company provided $25 for each of 25 Club youngsters to purchase books for themselves. The Reading Challenge has grown exponentially; over the past 11 years, nearly 2,000 Club kids have participated to date.
This year’s goal is to raise enough for 200 children to select their own books. “This program isn’t about fundraising; it’s about teaching children to love and value books and reading,” said Martin M. Cooper, President of Cooper Communications and the Club’s Chairman. “Books allow kids to see the world, and themselves, through different eyes. They have the power to change a child’s life. We invite the sponsors of this event to attend at least one book-shopping excursion to help the children select their books.”
To make a tax-deductible donation, checks should be made out to the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and sent to Martin Cooper, c/o Cooper Reading Challenge, 17547 Ventura Blvd., Suite 311, Encino, CA 91316. To donate online, go to http://wvbgc.org/donation-form.php, add amount to be contributed ($25/child), fill out your information and choose Cooper Reading Challenge from the dropdown menu under “My Donation is For.”
Can you donate an auction item to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley?
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE WEST VALLEY SEEKS CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AND AUCTION ITEMS FOR FUNDRAISER
The Club’s upcoming Great Futures Silver Anniversary Gala & Auction is the year’s largest fundraiser and draws more than 300 attendees to an evening of fun and enjoyment, but with a real goal of providing the resources that help the Club assist young people to become the best they can be.
In addition to item donations, businesses can sponsor the event at designated levels and purchase program ads. Benefits can include displaying your logo to the more than 300 plus attendees, advertising space in the program, complimentary tickets and special mentions during the event.
Club Members Recognized for
Youth of the Year Luncheon - Saturday, April 1
The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring the Club's Youth of the Year winner, Baljot Chahal, and all the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year at each of the Club's six sites on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel. Tickets for the Youth of the Year Luncheon 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. Funds will underwrite attendance of honorees and their families.
2017 Youth of the Year Honorees are:
Youth of the Year Winner – Baljot Chahal – Cleveland Charter High School
Youth of the Year Finalist – Jose Anguiano - Canoga Park High School
Youth of the Year Finalist – Jonathan Aldana - Canoga Park High School
Youth of the Year Finalist – Evelyn Rosemary Romero – Chatsworth Charter High School
Main Site (Teens) - Caitlin Torres
Main Site (Elementary) – Kaden Mayfield
Hale Charter Academy - Eliana Captol
Reseda Elementary – Jhonny Solis
Blythe Elementary - Esmeralda Garcia
Thanks to Farmers Insurance, the Presenting Sponsor of the Club's Youth of the Year Program.
Cooper Reading Challenge Celebrates
A special initiative created in 2007 to celebrate a 25th business anniversary has turned into a decade-long tradition of trips to the book store for children of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. That first year, Cooper Communications donated $25 for each of 25 youngsters to choose their own books. Since its inception, the annual event has raised over $50,000 dedicated to instilling a love of reading in community youth.
On December 6, 2016, the Club celebrated ten years of the Cooper Reading Challenge at Barnes & Noble in Calabasas. Kids of all ages enjoyed delicious mini bundt cakes donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes. A creative "book" cake donated by the Greater West Valley Lions Club became the backdrop for many selfies. Barnes & Noble provided the drinks. Martin M. Cooper, President of Cooper Communications and the Club's Chairman, was presented with a special commendation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for spearheading the annual event.
A record number of youths participated in the three-day event. Our young members read age-appropriate books and wrote reviews in order to qualify for a trip to Barnes & Noble. At the bookstore, each child had $25 to spend on one or more books for themselves or family members. The program, which served more than 200 participants this year, is funded entirely through individual community donations.
The Cooper Reading Challenge has become a tradition at the Club. Members look forward to earning the privilege of a trip to the bookstore. For many, it is their only opportunity to purchase brand new books to read. It’s gratifying to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they make their selections.
“This is a literacy program built around the concept that if the children select their own books they are much more likely to read and treasure them,” said Cooper. “We invite those adults who contribute to the program to attend at least one book-shopping excursion to help the children select their books.”
13th Annual Motor 4 Toys
Charity Car Show & Toy Drive
Do exotic, vintage, classic and collectible automobiles bring out the child in you? Then save the date for the 13th Annual Motor 4 Toys Charitable Car Show & Toy Drive. Billed as the biggest event of its kind in the world, Motor 4 Toys gets into gear on Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Anthem Building in Warner Center.
According to event organizers, 15,000 car enthusiasts, celebrity car owners, and members of car clubs from all over the Southwest United States will attend. More than 5,000 one-of-a-kind autos will be on display.
The motorsport community comes together every holiday season to collect toys for disadvantaged children. This year's event aims to collect nearly 60,000 donated gifts. More than 800 of these toys will go to our own kids at the Boys & Girls Club members of the West Valley.
Entrance is free but guests are asked to make a donation of at least one new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.
...And That's a Wrap!
Club Stars Honored at 2016 Great Futures Gala
|Enjoying the Club's Great Futures Gala are (l-r): KNX Radio reporter and emcee Frank Mottek; retiring President/CEO, Jan Sobel; and Club Chairman, Martin M. Cooper.
More than 300 Boys & Girls Club supporters flocked to the Warner Center Marriott on Friday, November 18, to enjoy the biggest event the Club has presented in its 24-year history.
The theme for this year's Great Futures Gala was, "Lights! Camera! Action!" And there was plenty of all three. Attendees walked down the red carpet, posed for photographs, and enjoyed a champagne-and-hors douvre pre-dinner reception while bidding on hundreds of auction items.
The classic-movie-themed evening included entertainment, gourmet dining, and a live auction. KNX Radio's Business Reporter Frank Mottek was the evening's master of ceremonies.
The entertainment began with a well-received film-themed presentation by the Club's Dance Team.
The evening shone a spotlight on those who have played a significant role in the Club's success:
- Farmers Insurance - Corporate Caring for Kids Award, presented by Marla Clemow of Wells Fargo.
- Gary M. Thomas - Robert D. Voit Award, presented by Bob Voit.
- Allen M. Lawrence - Champion of Youth Award, presented by David Rainer of California United Bank.
- Councilmember Bob Blumenfield - Excellent Elected Award, presented by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson.
- Jan Sobel - Retiring after serving as the Club's President/CEO for ten years, presented by Club Chairman of the Board Martin M. Cooper.
Ruby Antosh, the Club's 2016 Youth of the Year, gave a moving speech, highlighting the difficult challenges she has overcome in her life, and the role the Club played in helping her become the successful young woman she is now.
"We were so pleased to be able to honor the exceptional individuals and organizations that have shown extraordinary dedication to, and support of, the Club and its ideals," said Cooper. "Their support - and that of all of those who attended our Great Futures Gala - allows us to carry out our mission of inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults.
"Next year the Club will celebrate its Silver Anniversary, 25 years of helping young people, and we look forward to a series of successful events, culminating in a Gala, which we hope will be as resplendent and successful as was 'Lights! Camera! Action!'"
10th Annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival
Proceeds to Support Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley
The 10th Annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival, scheduled for Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 2016, from 8 pm to 11 pm at the Westfield Village, will feature 100 local restaurants, celebrity chefs, and international wineries. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Club to help support the Healthy Habits program and revamp the Club's kitchen area.
Top chefs from all over the United States come together to celebrate Food & Wine. The event features celebrity chefs from Food Network All Stars, Chopped Champions and James Beard Award Winners like Phillip Lee, Bart Yunker, Eddy G, Sharone Hakman, Keven Lee, Erwin Tjahyadi and Joey Giorgianni.
Tickets include food, wine and spirits and range from $100 to $150 per person. For further information and to reserve your tickets to this sell-out event in support of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, visit www.MalibuFoodAndWineFestival.com. Come experience the finest food and wine the city has to offer, and help create positive change in the world.
California United Bank's
Ninth Annual Golf Tournament
Golf while Supporting Non-Profit Organizations
Save the date to participate in the 9th Annual Golf Tournament hosted by long-time Club supporter, California United Bank: Monday, September 26, 2016, at Sherwood Country Club. The event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, A Place Called Home, Carousel Ranch and SHAWL Women’s House, as well as recognize CUB's Community Service Award recipient, Ken Cosgrove.
Proceeds will further the programs of the four non-profit organizations serving 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 in 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 go to www.cunb.com/golf2016.
9th Annual Mile of Quarters Continues its Success!
Changing Children's Lives with Quarters
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, local families and community members joined the Club for its 9th Annual Mile of Quarters event at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. Hundreds of volunteer hours and 63,000 quarters later, more than $40,000 was raised to support Club programs! During the day, kids helped lay quarters on the colorful carpet while a DJ filled the mall corridor with music. Children also enjoyed face painting, 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 Bank, Westfield, Keyes Motors, Allen Lawrence & Associates, Barcelona Enterprises, Cooper Communications, Inc., Councilman Bob Blumenfield,Nancy Cartwright/Happy House, Daily News, Fazio Cleaners, First Bank, FMS Financial Partners, Gaspar Insurance Services, Kaiser Permanente, Kim & Scott Krivis, Majestic Asset Management, Neiman Marcus, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Southern California Gas Co, Vista Motors, Ellen & Howard Wang, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, Whole Foods, and Yogaworks.
A special thank you to Islands Restaurant for donating $5 gift cards to anyone who made a $10 donation. We couldn't have done it without everyone's support!
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