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Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

On Monday, April 25, 2016,  Baxter Subaru stopped by the Westside Boys & Girls Club to present a check for $24,363.73. (view image)

From the month of November 2015 to January 2016, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold with their Share the Love campaign. Baxter Subaru matched that amount, giving another $250 for each Subaru sold. BGCM was chosen as the featured local organization to receive the donation.

Thanks to Baxter Subaru’s generous donation and commitment to the community, more kids can enjoy the life changing programs offered at the Club.

 

 


Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) awards $152,000 in college scholarships to 50 BGCM seniors and alumni as a commitment to enabling its members, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as healthy, productive, caring and responsible members of society.

Inspired by this commitment, BGCM established a scholarship program in 1986 designed to benefit active members of the Clubs and alumni who plan to further their academic and vocational education in order to develop their potential abilities.

“BGCM’s ability to provide these 50 scholarships to Club members is the result of so many people’s commitment to the mission and vision of Boys & Girls Clubs. The communities they choose to build their lives in will be enriched because of what we do here,” Keith Bushardt, Executive Board Member and Chair of the BGCM Scholarship Committee said.

The 2016 Scholarship Luncheon will take place Monday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at the North Omaha Boys & Girls Club, located at 2610 Hamilton Street, with special guest speaker Trev Alberts, University of Nebraska at Omaha Athletic Director.

In January, BGCM hired Jermaine Jones as Vice President of Community & Scholarship Outreach. Jones is a North Omaha Boys & Girls Club alum, former scholarship recipient and intern. He is responsible for growing BGCM’s Scholarship Program and implementing an Internship Program for scholarship recipients. Jones has a great appreciation for what these types of opportunities can provide for young people.

“Our scholarship program will continue to grow over the next several years, providing substantial financial assistance for our Club members pursuing post-secondary education,” Jones said. “The scholarship recipients will then have the opportunity to be part of an internship program which will offer real life, on the job experiences.”

Sponsors of the scholarship program include CenturyLink, Hawkins Family Scholarship, A.V. Sorensen, Charles E. & Florence Lakin Good Citizen Scholarship, Morton A. Richards Scholarship Fund, G. Robert Muchemore Foundation, Officer Tye Pratt Memorial Scholarship, Paul Stella Memorial Scholarship, Heider Scholarship, Corporal Shane Kielion Memorial Scholarship, Fred Arkoosh Jr. Memorial Scholarship, John & Harriet Wiebe Good Citizen Scholarship, Douglas County Sherriff Scholarship and Officer Kerrie Orozco Memorial Scholarship.

BGCM congratulates the following 2016 scholarship recipients:

Richard Adams, Carter Lake Unit
Tre’Vaun Ammons, North Unit Alum
Sheyenne Arduc, Carter Lake Unit
Asya Beasley, North Unit Alum
Caleb Brandon, Westside Unit Alum
Taymechia Bridgeman, Westside Unit
Alonzo Carr, Westside Unit Alum
Emma Clausen, South Unit
Megan Corey, Carter Lake Unit
Jabaree Culliver, Westside Unit Alum
Wylicia Dorsey, North Unit Alum
Alyssa Duval, North Unit
Abigail Fisher, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Jasmyn Flowers, North Unit Alum
Amber Franklin, North Unit Alum
Chance Hall, North Unit
Marcus Hall-Oliver, North Unit Alum
Alexia Hamilton, Mt. View Unit
Emily Hargrave, Council Bluffs Unit
Cedric Henderson-Smith, North Unit
Terry Henry, North Unit Alum
Allysia Holm, Mt. View Unit Alum
Skylar Huff, Carter Lake Unit
Deziree Kearney, Council Bluffs Unit
William Kearney, Council Bluffs Unit Alum

Brandon Kozac, Carter Lake Unit
Jorge Lara, South Unit Alum
Jonathan Leones, South Unit
Hannah Levelle, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Marquise Lewis, North Unit Alum
Devon Logan, Council Bluffs Unit
Jonathan Love, Carter Lake Unit Alum
Eris Mackey, North Unit Alum
Diante McBride, North Unit Alum
Nadia Metoyer, North Unit Alum
Coriana Moore, North Unit
Paige Muhammad, North Unit Alum
Imani Murray, North Unit
Joe Nash, North Unit Alum
Taylor Parks, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Shacara Pierce, Mt. View Unit
Devin Rollins, Westside Unit Alum
Cameron Schlotfeld, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Laterra Smith, North Unit Alum
Ronald Snow, Westside Unit Alum
Bailey Tague, Council Bluffs Unit
Alex Vargas, South Unit
Devalon Whitcomb, North Unit
Arriyan Williams, North Unit Alum
Nicholas Young, Westside Unit


Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. On Thursday, February 4, six Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) members competed to represent the organization at the state level Youth of the Year competition.

Representatives from each of the Clubs included Megan Corey, Carter Lake Unit; Giselle Centeno Rosales, South Omaha Unit; Bailey Tague, Council Bluffs Unit; Brandon McMiller, Westside Unit; Chance Hall, North Omaha Unit; and Alexia Hamilton, Mt. View Unit.
Brandon McMiller, freshman at Westside High School, was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year.

Youth of the Year is a nationally recognized program that promotes and celebrates a youth’s service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The program distinguishes youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.

“As a member of the Club for the past seven years, I have been provided with so many opportunities to make a difference,” McMiller said in a speech. “I have been a junior staff member, reading mentor and have led many community service projects. I learned leadership skills in Keystone Club and in 2015 was elected president by my peers.”

McMiller will go on to compete at the State level on March 16, 2016 at the Magnolia Hotel (1615 Howard Street) to qualify for one of five regional spots that will compete in Washington, D.C., to earn the coveted title of National Youth of the Year.
Historically, the five regional winners have been honored at a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill and have a chance to meet the President of the Unites States at the White House.

Tupperware Brands Corporation, the programs national sponsor, awards each state winner a $1,000 college scholarship, each regional winner a $10,000 college scholarship and the National Youth of the Year receives an additional college scholarship totaling up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.


Club Hours for Wednesday, February 3, 2016


First Responders Foundation donates more than $118,000 to nonprofits in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

First Responders Foundation donates more than $118,000 to nonprofits in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

Under the direction of Kerrie Orozco’s family, the First Responders Foundation selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands as one of seven deserving organizations closest to Kerrie’s heart. Kerrie’s mother and aunt presented the checks to each organization at the press conference on Monday, December 7, 2015.

OPD Officer Kerrie Orozco was tragically killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2015. She was known for her volunteerism, community activism and support for many honorable organizations making a difference every day.

Immediately following her death, the First Responders Foundation created Kerrie’s Causes, a public fundraising campaign to assure her name lives on forever.

Over the past few months, the community has been touched by the legacy of fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco. Seven local organizations received a portion of donations made in her memory to ensure the longevity of the causes closest to her heart.

Officer Orozco volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands as a baseball coach. She put a big focus on making sure the kids knew just how special they are.

The money awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs will go towards a Kerrie Orozco scholarship and fund a much needed van to transport Club members from school to Club everyday.

Other organizations awarded include:
University of Nebraska Foundation
Iowa COPS
Special Olympics of Nebraska
PACE
Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.
Black Police Officers Association


Boys & Girls Clubs teens and Omaha’s business community participate in real-life stock market simulation

Boys & Girls Clubs teens and Omaha’s business community participate in real-life stock market simulation

This year, more than 30, four-person teams joined the excitement of the high stakes world of finance by competing in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 8th Annual Stock Market Championship® event on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The event teaches teens financial literacy and gives the area’s business community a chance to spend an electrifying evening on the trading floor to see who amasses the greatest fortune by the closing bell.

During this real-life stock market simulation, teams buy, sell and trade fictional stock from local and national companies as they vie for the title of “Stock Market Champion.”

More than 175 Boys & Girls Club teens participated in a student version of the event on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The top three teams advanced to the main event on Nov. 19 to compete for the title and a chance to win $8,000 in college scholarships provided by Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust (NEST).

The 2015, student Stock Market Champions are “Deez Stocks,” from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Council Bluffs with the highest overall net worth of $11,419,357.

The 2015, adult Stock Market Champions are “TD Ameritrade Team 1,” with the final net worth of $6,695,931.

In the months leading up to the event, teens learned to balance a checkbook, create a budget, save, and invest for college and retirement through the Boys & Girls Clubs Money Matters programming.

Thank you to this year’s presenting sponsor, TD Ameritrade, who has continued their community partnership with the Clubs. At the student event, 28 TD Ameritrade mentors joined our student teams to coach and mentor them through the trading frenzy.


Southwest Iowa comes together for annual Trivia Night to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Southwest Iowa comes together for annual Trivia Night to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Twenty-five teams of up to eight brainiacs flexed their collective mental muscles at the Council Bluffs Country Club on Friday, Oct. 30 in the 4th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ “Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs” fundraising competition.  The evening got everyone’s neurons firing at top speed and provided a good-natured exercise in trivia one-upmanship.

This year, teams dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume and competed in a costume contest.  Coca-Cola Refreshments took home the prize for best costume with their entire team dressed up as pirates – Arghh!!

The evening kicked off with Nebraska’s and Iowa’s most rockin’ party polka duo, The Polka Police, along with a buffet-style dinner and cocktails.

Our celebrity guest host, Deanne Brink, KMTV’s morning anchor, took the teams through four rounds of trivia. The night also included a live and silent auction, as well as raise-the paddle.

There’s nothing trivial about the important cause this is all supporting.  This year’s event raised over $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.

Our 2015 Trivia Champions are team name “Benny and the Jets.” Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!

You didn’t need to know the name of Luke Skywalker’s mother, the 7th wonder of the world, or Ronald Reagan’s birthplace.  Just remember the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.

Thank you to this year’s presenting sponsors, First National Bank and Black Hills Energy.


BGCM’s 2014 Annual Report


300 Club Kids Get New Backpack Full of Supplies

300 Club Kids Get New Backpack Full of Supplies

In July, National Indemnity delivered 300 backpacks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) for both boys and girls filled with age-appropriate supplies. In early August, club members from the Readers to Leaders program tried on their new backpacks for the first time, smiling with excitement as they took inventory of their new school supplies. One club member commented, “These are awesome and so heavy from having so much stuff in them!” Another said, “These are a lot of things I have to bring for my grade, thank you!”

The happy chatter of kids comparing notebooks and pencils is a reminder of how important it is to provide a child with the necessary items for academic success. With a percentage of Club Members coming from families on a limited back-to-school budget, having a new backpack with the same supplies as their classmates means they get to start school with dignity. BGCM club members started their first day of school today a little more prepared thanks to the thoughtfulness from those at the National Indemnity.

 

 


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Earns Prestigious 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Earns Prestigious 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Omaha, NE – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ (BGCM) sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the organization  a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator for over 8,000 charities. “This 4-star rating puts BGCM in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars — a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. BGCM’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”bgcm-charitynav

BGCM offers youth out-of-school programs focused on three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles.  BGCM programs are nationally-recognized and include Readers to Leaders, daily homework help, STEM Initiatives to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math, and organized athletic teams. Serving over 1,700 youth daily and over 6,700 kids a year, BGCM operates 11 program sites and is the largest youth service organization in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

“We are always striving to improve our organization and the opportunities provided to all BGCM members,” says Ivan Gilreath, BGCM’s President & CEO. “This recognition provides our donors with additional confidence to continue supporting BGCM programs so that we can continue to support great futures for all youth.”

BGCM’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available for free on www.charitynavigator.org.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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My life and my family's foundation was established at the Boys Clubs back in the late 60's. My mother believed in what the Club meant in our lives and I will celebrate my 35th year in the Movement this year. I am so honored to have learned from the some of the best men around…Bill Hinckley, Tom Davis, Ike Snell, Dwight Day, Fred Schott, Don Preister, Maurice Lambert, Lonnie McIntosh, Walter Henderson, Wayne Houston and Bob Solonynka.