Press Release – Annual Awards Banquet 2019

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

Date: January 18, 2019

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley and P1FCU honored outstanding youth members, staff and volunteers at their Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, January 18th, at the Clarkston Quality Inn.  In 2018 the Club served over 5,900 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.

2019 Youth of the Year

The highlight of the evening was hearing speeches by three candidates competing for the title of 2019 Organizational Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.  Jessica Schumacher (an 8th grader) from the Lewiston Club, Tarriq Wells (a sophomore) from the Lapwai Club, and Tori Blewett (a sophomore) 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 the evening’s announcement of the winner.  The judge’s panel included Steve Aubuchon – Avista, Tim Winter – Superintendent of Clarkston School District, Rick Wassem – Basalt Cellars, and Kathy Poe – Long time Club supporter.

Steve Aubuchon shared highlights of each candidate before presenting the 2019 Organizational Youth of the Year award to Tori Blewett of Clarkston.  The judges had a wonderful experience throughout the selection process, getting to know these amazing young ambassadors for the three Clubs and our community.  Tori, Tarriq, and Jessica are truly an inspiration. Tori Blewett will go on to represent us at the Washington State Competition in Seattle next month.  Best of luck Tori! We are all cheering for you!

Volunteer of the Year
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, recognized the LC Crew with the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award for their outstanding service to the Club and community.  Willie Deibel accepted the award on behalf of the LC Crew.

Coach of the Year
Club Athletic Directors, Ray Pedrina and Jesse Styner, presented James Ankney with the Coach of the Year award.  James has been a soccer coach for the Club on a number of occasions since 1999 and just recently volunteered to fill a need as a basketball coach.

Staff Member Awards
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, presented the Management Staff Member of the Year Award to Nicki Shears.  Nicki, has been with the Club for nearly 2 years as the Finance Director.  Nicki always pours her heart and energy into the Club and really has a passion for the youth, staff, and community she serves.

Makenzie Fuller, the Clarkston Unit Director, presented the Clarkston Staff of the Year Award to Hunter Sisemore.
Issac Sisto, the Lapwai Unit Director, presented the Lapwai Staff of the Year Award to Kaitlynn Connerley.
Largent Reeb, the Lewiston Unit Director, presented the Lewiston Staff of the Year Award to Kimmy Schaub.

McQuary Scholarship Award Winners

The Kip & Aluerdine McQuary College Scholarship Program is in its 34rd 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 selected staff that apply, who are currently registered in secondary education opportunities.  The following staff members were selected as recipients of the Kip & Aluerdine McQuary Memorial Scholarship fund for 2019.

Kimberlee Schaub, Lewiston Club
Andrew Simpson, Clarkston Club
Haley Evans, Lewiston Club
Bryn Cornelia, Lewiston Club
Bryson Sischo, Clarkston Club
Aubrey McKague, Clarkston Club

Our three Club Youth of the Year representatives, Tori, Tarriq, and Jessica, 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, staff, and volunteers in our community.


Open Site Food Service Program

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley announces the sponsorship of an Open Site Summer Food Service Program for children. Meals are available at no charge to children 18 years of age and younger and will be offered June 11th through August 16th during open Club program hours*.  Meals are open to all Club member and non member youth.

*Food Service is not available on weekends or July 4th Holiday.

Lunches and snacks will be served at the following location(s):

Site Name & Address Meals/Times Contact & Phone Number
Clarkston Boys & Girls Club, 1414 Highland Ave., Clarkston, WA 99403 Lunch/12:00 - 1:00 PM & Snack/4:00 - 4:30 PM Makenzie Fuller, 509-758-9647
Lewiston Boys & Girls Club, 1021 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501 Lunch/11:30 - 12:30 PM & Snack/4:00 - 4:30 PM Largent Reeb, 208-746-2301
Lewiston Summer Challengers Site, 1203 8th Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501 Lunch/11:30 - 12:30 PM & Snack/4:00 - 4:30 PM Raini Jackson, 208-746-2301

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877‐8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD‐ 3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632‐9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250‐9410; fax: (202) 690‐7442; or email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.