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2017 Mid-Year Report

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

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For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have

been providing programs, activities, nutritional

service, and much more, to young people in cities and

rural communities, on native lands, and at military bases

around the world. As a member becomes an adult, they

know that we have worked purposefully to elicit three

priority outcomes for their life: Academic

Success—they graduate from

high school ready for college, trade

school, military service or full-time

employment; Healthy Lifestyles—they

adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy

lifestyle choices and make a lifelong

commitment to fitness; Good Character

& Citizenship—they are an engaged

citizen involved in their community, are

registered to vote, and model strong

character. When they accomplish this,

Club staff know they are on their way

to a Great Future.

This Great Future can take many forms,

however. For most, it means becoming

a positive part of their community,

raising a family, working hard to provide

a better life for each subsequent

generation, realize their aspirations,

and cultivate and inspire them in others. For some, their

Great Future can become a little more public in nature,

and with it fame. No matter what though, all remember

the Club the same way—a fun, safe, and positive place

to go when school was out, full of caring adult mentors,

supported by their local community.

Some pretty famous people have attended Boys & Girls

Clubs throughout the years. Many are household names,

and because of the support and encouragement of the

Skagit community over the years, the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County is excited to begin the next 20 years

of serving youth, with a special fall event—the Great

Futures Gala. The organization has made significant

changes in the last few years, adding unique events like

Keys for Kids, and always reflecting on feedback from

audiences, to continue to hone concepts, and make engagements

fresh and fun for investors and stakeholders.

Recognizing the significant number

of similar Dinner & Auction events in

our area, Club leadership began considering

other ways to raise significant

funds to support the mission of the

Boys & Girls Club: to enable all young

people, especially those who need us

most, to reach their full potential as

productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For such a worthy mission, an

event worthy to attend must match,

and with many hours of discussion

by volunteers and staff, the idea was

borne for the Great Futures Gala.

At the center of this new concept is

scaling back auction components,

and instead focusing on experience,

and providing something that no other

organization in the area can—a

celebrity alumni who can speak directly to the role

their local Boys & Girls Club played in their life, and

the success that it brought. For 2017, the Boys & Girls

Clubs of Skagit County are proud to bring boxing legend

Evander Holyfield to the area, for what promises

to be a knockout event.

With a delightful plated dinner, fine wine and beer, and

the opportunity to hear from Mr. Holyfield about how

his membership at the Club, and participating in their

boxing program, got him on his own path to a Great Future,

it is something not to be missed. Tickets and sponsorships

are available, with more information available

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