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KidsAuction 2016 presented by

This year's KidsAuction was out of this world! Attendees enjoyed a stellar evening filled with fun, fabulous food and—most importantly—the chance to learn how Boys & Girls Clubs of King County are giving youth hope for the future and a chance to reach for the stars.

Every day Clubs provide a safe place where kids prepare for a life of achievement and have the chance to realize their goals and dreams. Clubs prepare kids by helping with homework, promoting healthy lifestyles and providing opportunities to learn about leadership and giving back to their communities.

KidsAuction raised more than $940,000!  

Becaue of YOU this is possible and we are truly grateful for your support!

If you didn't have the chance to attend, please consider making a gift to fund Club memberships which will help kids have bright futures.

Opening Remarks—Lisa H. Chin, PhD, President/CEO

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Lisa kicked-off her first KidsAuction as President/CEO of BGCKC by sharing her passion for making the world a better place. Providing an overview of the Great Futures 2.0 strategic plan, she highlighted the important work being done to help Clubs be even more effective. Lisa's message…

Sponsor Appreciation 

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Club kids shared their dreams for the future in a heart-warming video to thank our premier sponsors! It was inspiring to hear them talk about what they want to be when they grow up and how the Club helps them. Check them out here!

Sponsor-a-Kid Keynote Speaker—Anthony Steinauer

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Anthony Steinauer was introduced by a heartfelt video providing insight into how he overcame obstacles to become the man he is today from the perspectives of his Boys & Girls Club mentors and family. View here…

Anthony then shared his story about the challenges he faced starting at age 5. The first to graduate high school in his family, Anthony has served in the Marines with honors and is determined to realize his future dreams.

Take Note of This Talent!! Sophie-Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club

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Sophie wowed the crowd with her golden voice as she sang Feeling Good. See her performance!

Relive KidsAuction 2016!

Make sure to check out all the fantastic, funny and inspiring photos from the evening here! Many thanks to our photographer Pavel Verbovski for capturing the essence of KidsAuction 2016 in these wonderful photos.

A BIG BGCKC Thank You!

The success of KidsAuction 2016 was only possible due to the efforts of countless individuals. We would like to thank our sponsors, board members, staff and volunteers.

A special thank you to Brad and Tynia Thoreson, our auction chairs, who invested many hours to make this a successful event and to KidsAuction committee members Terri Olson Miller and Linda Spain. We would also like to thank Foster Pepper | Brad & Tynia Thoreson for their dedication to kids and the community as our presenting sponsor.

To everyone who attended this event – thank you! Because of your involvement, you help to ensure kids will have futures filled with hope, promise and purpose. If you were unable to be with us that evening, please consider making a gift to help our kids.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and passion to create great futures for Club kids in King County.


 

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KidsAuction 2015

This year's KidsAuction was a night for the history books! Celebrating 72 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County supporters and attendees came together to ensure kids have great futures filled with hope and promise. Guests at KidsAuction also had a chance to learn how the Clubs provide a safe place for kids and programs that prepare them for life.

Preliminary numbers are in, and we raised more than $920,000!  

If you didn't have the chance to attend, please consider making a gift to fund Club memberships which will help kids have bright futures.

Opening Remarks—Calvin L. Lyons, President/CEO

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Calvin highlighted how our Clubs provide the opportunity for kids to grow and thrive. He shared insight into what is impacting our youth such as bullying, stress and peer pressure and how the clubs are trying to combat these daily pressures. He also spoke to how important it is for kids to be able to read by the third grade and the summer learning loss program we have in place to help kids attain this benchmark. Take a moment to watch Calvin's speech here to see why it is so important to invest in kids now!

Thank You to our Sponsors

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Each year our sponsors make it possible for  the funds raised during KidsAuction to directly  support our kids. A hilariously adorable video, created by Ballard Boys & Girls Club kids, thanked our sponsors by putting a smile on their faces with puppets and  a montage of jokes.

Sponsor-a-Kid Keynote Speaker—Dajaun , Smilow Rainier Vista Club Alumni

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Keynote speaker Dajaun's story starts like many of our Club members, with a hard working mother and his desire to help his family. Unfortunately, he fell behind in school due to his family schedule and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and then Dajaun was stabbed and shot before he was even 18 years old. Watch Dajaun tell his inspiring story about how he overcame the obstacles life threw at him to graduate from high school on time with the help of his "village": his family, his school, the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club.

Youth Performance—Heaven, Smilow Rainier Vista Club Kid

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Talented young singer, Heaven from the Smilow Rainier Vista Club delighted the crowd with her performance of "This is Me" from the Disney movie Camp Rock. Don't miss out on catching her performance here!

 

Relive KidsAuction 2015!

Make sure to check out all the fantastic, funny and inspiring photos from the evening here! Many thanks to our photographer Pavel Verbovski for capturing the essence of KidsAuction 2015 in these wonderful photos.

A BIG BGCKC Thank You!

KidsAuction wouldn't have been a success without the support of our KidsAuction committee, sponsors, table captains, board members, vendors, volunteers and donors like you! Thank you for your hard work, dedication and passion to create great futures for Club kids in King County.


 

 

LunchBreak! 2015

An inspiring fundraising event was held on March 26th  to benefit our Clubs and 17,000 members.

Thanks to your support, LunchBreak! has raised more than $510,000 to date! With matching gifts and virtual tables, we will surpass this mark and achieve our stretch goal. You can still get involved to ensure that we help as many kids as possible in King County. Make an investment in the life of a child—you can change someone’s future.

If you were one of the 800+ supporters in attendance, you were witness to ​a captivating, inspiring and entertaining LunchBreak! For those of you who could not join us, you were missed! To share the joy we experienced with all our supporters, we have included a short review and video highlights below.

The lunch program kicked off with a joyous rendition of “Happy” sung by North Seattle Boys & Girls Clubs members Cady and Amiyah.

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Calvin L. Lyons, President & CEO, shared great news about how Club kids perform on grade level, graduate from high school and expect to go to college.

 


 

BGCKC’s IMPACT video showed how our 12 Clubs, 2 teen centers and 27 early learning and childcare sites are serving kids and helping them to achieve. The power of quality programming along with dedicated Club staff is what makes the difference.

 

 
Federal Way Youth of the Year Mares Ortiz shared how the Club is his safe haven and how his involvement has helped him academically. Once struggling with failing grades, he now plans to attend UCLA and ultimately own a dance studio. ​

Mariana Espino, King County Youth of the Year, shared what it felt like for her to be on the margins due to her family’s non-documented status. Because of the support and encouragement of the Club, she is now receiving help through the DACA program and wants to become a social worker to help other kids who face obstacles.​

 


Our keynote speaker, Judge Glenda Hatchett, rocked the ballroom with her impassioned advocacy of kids and powerful stories about overcoming adversity. She called for a new story to be written for all kids—and how we can do it together.​

 


Adam Cornell, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County, and former National Youth of the Year inspired everyone to give generously. He shared insight from his experience as a prosecutor about how the Clubs can help kids, especially those on the margins, succeed and thrive.

 


Closing the program was the amazingly talented Jess Juanich from the Rotary Boys & Girls Club. He played the piano and sang “She’s Got A Way” by Billy Joel. In addition to being a talented musician, Jess is interested in a future career in diplomacy and is currently running for 2016 Associate Student Government President at Garfield High School. We wish him all the best!

 

 
Finally, we want to express sincere gratitude to all of our generous supporters, Board members, and sponsors – with special thanks to our annual sponsor, Microsoft, and Kids’ Champion sponsors Holland Partner Group and Zevenbergen Capital Investments

 
You make great things possible!

 


 


 

KidsAuction 2014

This year's KidsAuction was a night to be remembered! Celebrating 71 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County supporters and attendees came together to ensure kids have great futures filled with hope and promise. Guests at KidsAuction also had a chance to learn more about how the Clubs provide a safe place for kids and the programs that prepare them for life.

Preliminary numbers are in, and we raised more than $776,000! If you'd like to bring us even closer to our goal, consider making a gift to help kids and Clubs have bright futures.

Opening Remarks—Calvin Lyons, President & CEO

Calvin highlighted how our Clubs provide the opportunity for kids to grow and thrive. He shared his own story about growing up with his four brothers in Gary, IN, at the John Will Anderson Boys Club. Because of his mother’s unconditional love and the safety and support of the Club, Calvin not only survived but thrived in life. He has chosen to give back to the very Club that helped mold him by devoting his career to the organization. 

 

Sponsor Appreciation

Each year our sponsors play a huge role in allowing the funds raised during KidsAuction to go directly to the Clubs to help support our kids. A hilariously adorable video, created by Boys & Girls Club kids, thanked our sponsors by putting a smile on their faces with a montage of jokes.

Sponsor-a-Kid Keynote Speaker—Marissa Camp, North Seattle Club Alum

Keynote speaker Marissa Camp shared her story of growing up in the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club. At 15, she started down a dangerous path. But a special staff member at the Club, Kat, played a huge role in helping Marissa get back on track to graduate from high school on time. She attended college and went on to receive two masters degrees. Marissa is now working in child protective services for Washington State and is an advocate for Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

Youth Performances—New Islands United Roots (NIU Roots)

Talented kids from the Southwest Club delighted the crowd with traditional Polynesian dancing. Our guests enjoyed the sounds of drums, claps and dancing feet. Pacific Island cultural traditions are being taught to Club kids through the performing arts (song, dance and music).


 

LunchBreak! 2014

A dynamic fundraising event was held on April 10 to benefit our Clubs and 17,000 members.

Thanks to your support, LunchBreak! has raised more than $516,000 to date! With matching gifts and virtual tables, we will surpass this mark and achieve our stretch goal. You can still get involved to ensure that we help as many kids as possible in King County. Make an investment in the life of a childyou can change someone’s future.

If you were one of the 800+ supporters in attendance, you were witness to a captivating, inspiring and entertaining LunchBreak! For those of you who could not join us, you were missed! To share the joy we experienced with all our supporters, we have included a short review and video highlights below.

The lunch program kicked off with a commanding electric guitar performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Lucas Thrun, member of the Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club.


Calvin L. Lyons,
President/CEO, told of the challenges and uncertainties faced by youth in King County. Every day, they confront a wide range of challenges: trouble in school, problems at home and environments that encourage drug use and violence—the list goes on. But there is hope: Boys & Girls Clubs of King County play a vital role by providing a safe and positive place where kids can thrive.

 
Next, three Youth of the Year nominees shared how their Clubs have had a direct, lasting and positive impact on their lives. We are so proud of Ben Dewhurst, Leilani Hampton and Kenya Pierce for their determination and dedication to succeed! Did we mention Ben just got accepted to Western Washington University? Way to go, Ben!

 
Tony-Award winning actor and Boys & Girls Club alum Courtney B. Vance gave a powerful keynote speech about how the Club provided direction for his life and reminded us, “the future is vast, don't fear it. Today is ours, let's take it!"


Adam Cornell,
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County and former National Youth of the Year, inspired everyone in attendance to give generously. His story is a moving reminder of what investing in a child today can yield tomorrow—both for the individual and for the good of the community. In addition to being a civic leader, Adam is a disciplined athlete, congrats on finishing the Boston Marathon!


Closing the program was Sophie Feldman from the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club. Sophie is a smart, talented young lady who wowed the room with her rendition of “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz. We’ll surely be seeing more of this young star!


Finally, we want to express sincere gratitude to all of our generous supporters, board members and sponsors—with special thanks to presenting sponsor KeyBank and annual sponsor Microsoft. And to event co-chairs Linda Spain and Terri Olson Miller. We couldn't have done it without you!

 

KidsAuction 2013

KidsAuction, presented by Foster Pepper and Brad & Julie Thoreson, was a night to be remembered. Supporters and attendees joined together to support kids and celebrate 70 years of success—our North Seattle Club was the first in the state of Washington! Throughout the evening we showed how the Clubs provide a safe place for kids while offering programs that prepare them for life.

Sponsor Appreciation!

The kids at the North Seattle Club traveled back in time to provide a look at what the original Boys Club was like and how our current sponsors have made so many programs possible for kids.

Talented Pianist

11-year-old Alex Patel wowed the ballroom with his rendition of Billy Joel's New York State of Mind.

Sponsor-a-Kid Keynote

Nate Miles shared his story of inspiration and courage at KidsAuction. As a young boy growing up surrounded by temptation and violence, Nate had a dream and chose to improve his community. His incredible story of recruiting celebrities to build a Boys & Girls Club in his hometown will be turned into a major motion picture—CHAMP!
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