Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Club honors its top volunteers at dinner

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 5, 2010

Six individuals and four businesses received specialized awards at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s inaugural Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

Hosted by Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard in late August, the event focused on honoring the hard work of volunteers, alumni and community partners that support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Andre J. Stridiron was named adult volunteer of the year; Sarah Figueroa, youth volunteer of the year; Santiago Romero, alumni of the year; Peter Duffy Jr., young professional of the year; and Carlos Mora, specialized service of the year. Ricardo Garcia received the coaching excellence award; and the helping hands award was given to the Ventura County Probation Agency, Community Partners in Excellence, Sam’s Club of Oxnard and Jersey Mikes at Seabridge Marketplace.

Stridiron, who lives at Point Mugu, said, “it was a total surprise to receive such recognition. Only once in the past have I received recognition for my work and that was from parents who recognized me for my passion and commitment to their children. To receive the volunteer of the year from an organization staffed by so many excellent people and supported by so many high-quality volunteers is a very humbling experience.”

Figueroa of Oxnard said she was honored to receive recognition for her volunteer work from an organization that “has kept me out of trouble and introduced me to some positive people. It has also shown me how to give back to the community. An organization like this is important because of the bad influences out there. The Boys & Girls Club helps me choose better options to help me become a better person.”

Mora received the specialized service award for volunteering in a program called Peace Thru Music. The honor “means that my help to the community is appreciated. This makes me happy because I was recognized for helping with something I love — music,” said Mora of Oxnard. “I am very thankful for the experience of working with younger kids on music. It’s a fun and rewarding experience.”

Mark Varela, chief probation officer with the Ventura County Probation Agency, said the agency’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Club makes a difference by providing successful, evidence-based delinquency prevention programs and services.

For instance, the Boys & Girls Club launched a Targeted Re-entry Program at the Probation Agency’s juvenile justice facility in Oxnard. As a result, the facility “became the first juvenile detention facility in California to have a Boys & Girls Club clubhouse inside the facility,” Varela said. “I value our partnership with the BGCOP. Together, we can make the difference in a youth’s life.”

Pat Kincade of Ventura, who received a helping hands award on behalf of Jersey Mike’s, said, “I am very happy that I can be a part of something like the Boys & Girls Club that is so worthwhile. Having this organization give me an award for helping is a huge honor and makes me very proud and grateful.”

Volunteers and community partners are an indispensable to the Boys & Girls Club, added Tiffany Lopez, director of volunteer services. “Our volunteers support our mission, to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”

To volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, go to and click on get involved.

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