This Month at the Clubs – November 2016

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

The 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
“Back to School” Annual Campaign is underway!

The Clubs provide members with opportunities and experiences to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Members have access to resources, experiences, and programs that support and supplement their academic progression.

The “Back to School” 2016 Annual Campaign, will directly support our “A Bus for Us” school year transportation and school year programming. As a result of last year’s campaign, nearly 120 additional young people across this community have access to the positive and productive environment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City; yet we still have the capacity to impact more youth. With your help we hope to again provide an additional 120 kids with the Clubs’ life-changing programs, resources, opportunities and experiences.

Help us continue to serve as a beacon of hope, stability and opportunity to young people in some of our community’s toughest neighborhoods by making a gift to the “Back to School” 2016 Annual Campaign today!


Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will come and go, and many will fill their stomachs and
closets with great food and gifts. Following those three days of indulgence is your opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children and youth in our community.

On Tuesday, November 29, the world connects to turn an average day into one that will impact the future of those who need it most. The rules are simple, donate any amount to the Clubs and then share on social media that you gave using #GivingTuesday as your hashtag.

Whether you give a little or a lot, every dollar matters. Remember, your generous gift is tax-deductible.

Click HERE to give a gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City as we work to provide Great Futures for children and youth in the Greater Kansas City area.

8th Annual Dinner on Ice Another Record-Breaking Event

It may have been cold on the ice, but the Missouri Mavericks were red hot as they served up an evening of good food, crazy antics and record dollars raised at the 8th Annual Dinner on Ice event on November 9th at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. More than 300 guests enjoyed cocktails, Silent & Live Auctions, and dinner served on the ice by waiters who also happened to be players on the Missouri Mavericks hockey team. A highlight of the evening was a lively tip competition between tables where players sang songs, danced, did pushup challenges and even couples skated on the ice to earn dollars that would all come back to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs youth. Overall, the event raised nearly $100,000 for our local Clubs.

In a fun new twist this year, a week prior to the event, the entire Mavericks team visited our Hawthorne Unit and spent the afternoon decorating aprons with Club youth (see video link below) while enjoying snacks and root beer floats from A&W. The players then wore those aprons while serving at Dinner on Ice and guests could bid in the auction to take their favorite apron home after the event.

The Presenting Sponsor, Kansas City Southern, was supported by a stellar event committee, led by Kim Downey Noble and Mark Foudree. Our gratitude goes out to our friends at the Missouri Mavericks, especially owner Lamar Hunt, Jr., General Manager Brent Thiessen and the whole team both on-ice and behind-the-scenes, who are such strong partners and proponents of this event – and who keep pushing us to reach higher and higher year after year. Thank you to all of those who raised funds, supported, participated, and attended Dinner on Ice 2016.

Click here to view the apron decorating video.

Click here to view photos from the 8th Annual Dinner on Ice event.

2016 SMART Girls Conference

On November 11, over 150 young women, ages 8-18, participated in an empowering, uplifting and inspiring SMART Girls Conference at our Wyandotte County Unit. The theme this year was “Get In-Formation”. Young women participated in a number of age-appropriate empowering workshops on topics including:
Move your Body with Zumba classes
Love your Body with food nutrition information
Level Up with informative breakout sessions
The evening culminated into a town hall-styled panel discussion with women from all backgrounds of life who shared their experiences and answered questions ranging from the most simple to complex life issues.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor – Unilever, our wonderful planning committee consisting of Corporate Board members and community volunteers, a host of in-kind donors, our guest speakers and our staff for an AWESOME event!

Champion for Youth Sports Rally

Dave Smith with Julie Quirin who announced St. Luke's as 
Premier Sponsor of the Sports L.A.B Program

Did you know, there is a relative lack of access to organized sports for youth growing up in underserved areas? Sports participation offers youth documented physical, mental and social benefits.

On Thursday, November 10, approximately 70 supporters gathered at Leopold Gallery in Brookside to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City rally for youth sports! The venue was perfect, the program was impactful and the atmosphere – celebratory!!

The guest speaker for the evening was Kyle Vena, Director of Baseball Administration for the Kansas City Royals. Kyle began his career as a teen in an entry level position with the Royals. He’s been with the organization for more than 20 years and coaches youth baseball in his spare time. Currently, Kyle is leading the Urban Youth Academy effort on behalf of the Royals. Kyle was joined by Papay – a member of the Clubs’ track team, Treyvaunte and Nathan – members of the Clubs’ golf team and Sania – a member of the Clubs’ swim team. They stood in agreement as Kyle conveyed the importance of healthy lifestyles and sports in the lives of youth.

One of the highlights of the evening was a special announcement from Julie Quirin, Senior VP of Hospital Operations for St Luke’s Health Systems. St. Luke’s Health Systems is the new Premier Sponsor of the Clubs’ Sports L.A.B. program! For more than 130 years, St. Luke’s has been committed to patient excellence in the Kansas City community and now they are extending that excellence outside their hospital walls to the nearly 5,000 Club members we serve.

We are really looking forward to building this partnership and working together to positively impact the Lifestyle, Attitude and Behavior of our community’s children and youth!

Click here to view photos from the event.

KRR LIFE Graduation

KRR LIFE Graduation Photos

The Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) program is a partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department of Education. The goal of the Kansas Reading Roadmap is to significantly increase the number of children testing at proficient levels for literacy by the end of their third grade year. The LIFE program is an 8-week Family Integrated Literacy Engagement program that helps parents be aware of their kids’ progress in reading and how to support literacy development at home.

The Clubs’ Olathe and Wyandotte County Units are two sites in the state of Kansas currently implementing KRR LIFE programming. On Tuesday, November 15, after eight weeks of comprehensive programming, 6 of our Wyandotte County Unit families and 5 of our Olathe Unit families were congratulated for their accomplishments at the first KRR LIFE Graduation Ceremony.

The Graduation Ceremony was a celebration of their completion of this 8-week course and the skills learned through our time together. It has been a great time getting to know the families more and getting them more involved in the Clubs.


Special thanks to Unilever for sponsoring our 2016 SMART Girls Conference.