The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista celebrated its annual “Great Futures Dinner” Saturday evening, where 15-year-old Bianca Lopez was recognized as “Youth of the Year” for her leadership, service and academic achievements.
But Lopez wasn’t the evening’s only honoree.
In a surprise announcement, Ric Boyer, who is the club’s board president-elect, introduced two new additions to the annual celebration: “Woman of the Year” and “Man of the Year.”
Standing before a packed room at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse of Sierra Vista, Bianca Lopez delivered an inspiring speech about her years with the local club and how those experiences have helped to shape her vision for the future.
Through the club, Lopez says she has learned valuable leadership and mentoring skills, self confidence and serves as a role model for the club’s younger members. A 15-year-old Buena High School sophomore, she is the Sierra Vista club’s 2016 Youth of the Year. Lopez was honored at the local club’s Great Futures Dinner Saturday evening where she presented her speech to a standing ovation.
“We thank you for what you do for our community,” said Joanna Michelin, chairwoman of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona board of directors. “You do incredible work every day for those who are the least, the lost and the little.”
Michelin’s comments concluded an hour-long presentation ceremony that awarded seven grants totalling $200,000 to nonprofit agencies providing health and social services in the community.
“You know, it’s just marvelous for us on the Legacy Foundation to hear your stories about what it is you do and what you plan to do with these funds. It just motivates us and makes us feel really good about what it is we do,” said Margaret Hepburn, the organization’s chief executive officer. “Thank you all for what you do in the community, you work hard and you’re invaluable.”
This year, the club added a caroling concert into the mix. Members that were involved in this event practiced for weeks. They were able to show all their hard work to their family and friends. Sunny Fichtl and Millie MacGregor donated their time to help out with teaching the members songs and perfecting their vocals.
Sierra Vista’s Boys & Girls Club members attended the annual State Keystone Conference held at Camp Sky-Y in Prescott on Nov. 4-6. It was a chance for teens to collaborate with fellow club members from 30 Boys & Girls Clubs across the state.
The Keystone Club is a unique leadership development experience that provides opportunities for members ages 14 to 18 to participate in activities in four focus areas: academic success, teen outreach, career preparation and community service.
Posted on 18th Nov 2016 19:10:34 in Events
Buffalo Wild Wings announced the kickoff of its annual Team Up for Kids fundraiser with the goal of supporting youth sports programs at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. All Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will participate in the promotion from Oct.1 - 31. Donations will go toward grants to help fund sports teams and facility improvement projects in local Clubs, as part of the company's Team Up for Kids mission.
Junior Staff program helps teens learn about careers
Summer has come to an end at the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista, and teens entering high school have completed yet another successful summer in the Junior Staff program, which aims to help get them ready for career success and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility and a lifelong commitment to serving others.
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