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California club wins award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for stepping up during emergency

Steven Hadt | Jul 26, 2019

California club wins award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for stepping up during emergency

  

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history ravaged the communities of Paradise and Magalia in November 2018. When the help came pouring in, the nearby Kiwanis Club of Chico and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley leaned on their long-standing partnership to make the biggest difference possible for the hundreds of kids experiencing trauma and uncertainty.

California club wins award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for stepping up during emergency For its work, the Kiwanis Club of Chico will be awarded the Kiwanis Club Impact Award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The award will be presented in August at the 2019 Kiwanis California-Hawaii-Nevada District Convention. The annual award recognizes a Kiwanis club for its remarkable support of and advocacy for a local Boys & Girls Club, its members and the community during the past year.

“What an incredible relief having a trusted organization managing these offers of help, allowing North Valley BGC staff to focus on caring for youth,” wrote North Valley BGC CEO Rashell Brobst in the award nomination. “The Chico club has since funneled donations of much-needed cash and gift cards from other Kiwanis clubs — totaling approximately US$15,000.”

“The Chico club is extremely proud of this prestigious award. It represents the strong partnership that exists between the club and the North Valley BGC,” said Kiwanian Alice Tollefson, club president. “Our collaborative effort during the recent Camp Fire crises demonstrated the positive impact we had on the community. Our partnership adds value to the lives of children in the North Valley.”

California club wins award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for stepping up during emergency The Chico club also organized and distributed $10,000 in gas and cell phone gift cards that the North Valley BGC gave to fire victims. Kiwanis club members reviewed and vetted more than 300 applications before distributing the cards to 100 families within four days.

“When it comes to serving children, Kiwanis International and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have enjoyed long and successful histories of serving those youth most in need,” wrote James L. Clark, president & CEO of BGCA. “Thank you for the support, leadership and advocacy that the Kiwanis Club of Chico has given so extraordinarily to Boys & Girls Clubs.”

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