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A Million Ways to Help Club Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley Gets Its First Ever Million Dollar Gift

Date: May 10, 2018


Pictured Left to Right: Gary Hughes, Jutta Hughes, Jon Evans
One of the conventional definitions of the term “philanthropy” is a private initiative for the public good.  Locally, that private initiative has been in practice for many years, compliments of Gary & Jutta Hughes.  Since 1997, the Hughes’ have been providing financial support to many local nonprofit agencies, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.  And…they have once again shown their support for the Clubs by announcing a contribution to the Clubs in the amount of $1 million dollars.
“This is the first ever million-dollar gift to our organization, and we are overwhelmed by the support and generosity that Gary and Jutta have shown us over the years, and to now have this is just amazing.,” says Jon Evans, Executive Director.
Gary first joined the Board of the Club in the mid 90’s.  “It was actually Gary Prasil who told me that they really wanted a good Board Member, so that was when they got Jutta to take my place,” jokes Gary.  Not only was Jutta an outstanding Board Member, but, she also chaired the Club’s annual auction twice, once in 2002 and again in 2003.  Her outstanding work as a Board Member led her Board peers to award her “Director Emeritus” status in 2005.
Gary and Jutta have long supported youth at the Club who come from tough financial circumstances.  “We never wanted to see a child not able to access Club programs or activities, so we have always focused our attention and support to help ensure that no child is ever denied access to the Clubs or Club programming due to financial hardship,” says Gary Hughes.  Gary himself grew up in less than fortunate circumstances, so this has always struck a chord with him.  Additionally, Gary was a Club Member himself, spending time at the Greenwood Boys Club in Seattle, WA in the late 1940’s.  “At my Club boxing and the games room were what kept me coming back…it was where I learned to play pool.  That Club kept a lot of kids such as myself out of trouble,” says Hughes, adding “…the Club helped me when I was a kid, and I wanted to give back to Club kids who need help today.”
While their support has been significant here in the Valley, Gary adds “…most people don’t realize that the bulk of our business takes place outside of the Lewis Clark Valley.  Although we have our administrative office here, our resources are generated in 9 different states, so a lot of what we have been able to contribute here locally has been generated from outside the community.”
The gift is structured in such a way that it will provide membership and program scholarship assistance to children and families who need it most.  “The added beauty of this gift, is that it will generate approximately $40,000 per year, in perpetuity, specifically to help with Club membership and programs scholarships.  It will benefit kids today, tomorrow and long into the future,” says Evans.
The organization currently serves just over 4,200 Club Members in the greater LC Valley and surrounding areas, and has an annual budget of $2 million dollars.  This past year there were $141,000 worth of requests for scholarship support.  Along with the Club staff, the Board of Directors work year round to raise the needed resources to make sure that all of these requests are met.  “As part of our overall philosophy, along with charter requirements from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our dues are low and affordable for all,” says current Board President Mike MacDowell.  “However, there are still folks who need additional assistance, and thanks to Gary and Jutta, this gift will play a major role in helping us to achieve this year in and year out, and for many years to come.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley have been serving kids since 1945.  There are currently 3 locations…Lapwai, Clarkston and Lewiston, and during the summer, a fourth site at Fenton Gym for the Summer Challengers program, along with Camp Wittman up in the Craig Mountain area.  The Club servers over 4,200 Club Members a year, and during the school year their average daily attendance is right around 500, and during the summer, that numbers goes up to 700 kids a day.
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Press Release – Annual Awards Banquet 2018

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley Recognize Local Youth, Board Members, Staff & Volunteers

Date: January 19, 2018


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley and P1FCU honored outstanding youth members, Board Members, staff and volunteers at their Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Friday, January 19th, at the Clarkston Quality Inn.  In 2017 the Club served over 5,500 youth in our community, and this event was an opportunity to recognize the dedicated individuals who make that outreach happen.  The event was sponsored by P1FCU.
2018 Youth of the Year
The highlight of the evening was hearing speeches by three candidates competing for the title of 2018 Organizational Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.  Arianna Bounds (a High School Senior) from the Lewiston Club, Chloe Thompson (a Junior) from the Lapwai Club, and Karmen Johnson (an 8th grader) from the Clarkston Club all gave powerful and moving speeches discussing how the Club had played a significant role in their lives.  The actual competition had been judged on the Wednesday prior, with this evenings announcing of the winner.  The judges panel included Coco Umiker – Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Samantha Skinner – Twin County United Way Executive Director and Christina Hammond – Niimipu Health Nez Perce Tribe.
All three judges took a moment to share highlights of each candidate before presenting the 2018 Organizational Youth of the Year award to Arianna Bounds of Lewiston.  They had a wonderful experience throughout the selection process, getting to know these amazing young ambassadors for the three Clubs and our community.  Arianna, Chloe, and Karmen are truly an inspiration. Arianna Bounds will go on to represent us at the Idaho State Competition in Boise next month.  Best of luck Arianna! We are all cheering for you!
Board of Directors
Mike MacDowell, President of the Board of Directors, and Jon Evans, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, presented the Board Member of the Year Award to Jackie Peer, who is entering her fourth year as a Board Member.  Also presented was the Board Member Rookie of the Year Award going to Dr. Sennett Pierce.
We also had four Board Members this year recognized for achieving service milestones.  Don Wee was recognized for 5 years of service,  Tobe Finch and Mike MacDowell were recognized for 10 years of service and Joe Hall was recognized for 20 years of service.  It is a such a great privilege working with our Board Members who all demonstrate a devotion to our Clubs, our youth, and our community!  Thank you!
Scholarship Committee
Riley Powe, a P1FCU Financial Advisor, representing the Scholarship Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs, presented Board President, Mike MacDowell, with a check for $18,794.38.  This supports the Club’s scholarship fund to ensure no child is turned away due to financial hardship.  This amount was raised through several events during 2017 including the Annual Christmas Tree Pickup, the Thunderbird Golf Tournament, and Kid Zone at Hot August Nights.
Volunteer of the Year
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, recognized Kyle Conklin with the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award for his outstanding service on the Scholarship Committee and organization of the Annual Thunderbird Golf Tournament.
Coach of the Year
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, presented Jason Earl with the Coach of the Year award.  Jason has been a coach for the Club every season for over 7 years for flag football, basketball and soccer. He is consistently one of the most requested coaches in our sports program.
Staff Member Awards
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, presented the Management Staff member of the Year Award to Heidi Hagen.  Heidi has been a Club staffer for nearly 10 years.  She started out and currently serves as the Club’s Kindergarten Director, and in the past as a former Clarkston Unit Director and Summer Challengers Director.  Heidi always pours her heart and energy into the Club and really has a passion for the youth and community she serves.
Makenzie Fuller, the Clarkston Unit Director, presented her Clarkston Staff of the Year Award to Victoria Torchillo.
Issac Sisto, the Lapwai Unit Director, presented his Lapwai Staff of the Year Award to Elizabeth Fernandez.
Largent Reeb, the Lewiston Unit Director, presented his Lewiston Staff of the Year Award to Miranda Beuke.
McQuary Scholarship Award Winners
The Kip & Aluerdine McQuary College Scholarship program is in its 33rd year.  Along with their son, Don McQuary, we at the Club are honored to continue their legacy of supporting our community’s youth with this wonderful gift each year.  The scholarships are awarded to current staff who have worked with the Club for over one year and maintain a full time school schedule along with working full or part time.  The following staff members were selected as recipients of the Kip & Aluerdine McQuary Memorial Scholarship fund for 2018.
Makenzie Fuller, Clarkston Club
Miranda Beuke, Lewiston Club
Isaac Sienknecht, Clarkston Club
Shea Sweley, Clarkston Club
Devante Ortiz, Lapwai Club
Bryson Sischo, Clarkston Club
Emily Leiterman, Clarkston Club
Our three Club Youth of the Year representatives, Arianna, Chloe, and Karmen, also were awarded scholarships for their higher education from the Kip & Aluerdine McQuary Scholarship program.  Thank you to the McQuary family for this long honored tradition of supporting the ongoing education of our youth and staff!
Thank you Chris Loseth and P1FCU for sponsoring this great event, and for all who attended, to celebrate the recognition of the outstanding youth, Board, staff and volunteers in our community.
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