Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Fundraiser puts deputies, firefighters in the boxing ring

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 7, 2009

A charity boxing event featuring deputies and police officers versus firefighters from Ventura County will highlight the inaugural Battle of the Badges — Guns vs. Hoses to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

“This event is unique because cops and firefighters, our two highest-profile local public safety groups, have joined forces out of caring and concern for their community ,” said Richard Shimmel, executive director of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

The event is coordinated and supported by volunteers from the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association. Proceeds will help support the 18 Boys & Girls Club sites in Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

With three full-service clubs and 13 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 7,200 members annually. Program areas include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training, and sports and fitness.

Shimmel said the clubs’ programs make a dramatic and positive difference for children in some of the community’s most underserved neighborhoods.

“The ultimate goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard & Port Hueneme, which provide valuable youth programs for some of our community’s most underserved neighborhoods,” Shimmel said. “These clubs and the variety of programs they offer make a dramatic and positive difference in the lives of many children and their families, and the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association recognizes and appreciates the impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs. We are in a unique position to understand the value of what the Boys & Girls Clubs offer and we want to help them.”

On Saturday, the Oceanside Pavilion in Port Hueneme will be the site of 10 bouts sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. Bo Jaxon of B95.1 will be master of ceremonies, and will provide the music.

“This is the best kind of special event fundraising for us,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “When groups do this kind of fundraising it is very effective and efficient for us. And if it becomes an annual event for us then it is funding we can count on year after year.”

The goal is to net $25,000 while raising awareness of the organization and its programs for youths 6 to 18, Blaylock said. The funds will be used to support the Boxing Academy at the club’s Harriet H. Samuelsson Branch on Seventh Street, the clubhouse known as “The Club” at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility, and the Targeted Re-Entry Program — the first of its kind at a California Juvenile Facility.

All charities and nonprofit groups are struggling these days, so anything the community can do to pitch in and support valuable programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs becomes all the more important,” Shimmel said.

By Alicia Doyle
Posted December 3, 2009 at 8:05 a.m. at

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