Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Successful and fun Day for Kids

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 23, 2013

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Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make Saturday’s Day for Kids a fun and successful event. Hundreds of community members and their families came out to the Martin V. Smith Youth Center Sept. 21 to celebrate Kids!

The free event had games, prizes, face painting, jolly jumpers, laser tag, Gamez on Wheelz, food and music for families. There was also a bubble garden, petting zoo, exotic birds, black dragon reptiles,day for kids 1 a rock wall, and arts and crafts for children. The Voices of Hope Choir performed throughout the day, the Reptile Family put on a live reptile show, Kealoha and Company performed a Polynesian Floor Show and BGCOP’s own Soul Steppers showed off their moves.

Families visited the many information booths and took home some important information about community services available to them.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America created the annual “Day for Kids” event in 2005 to strengthen relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together.

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Thank you for your support

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

Thank you for your support

We’d like to thank our Corporate Champions for their support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Corporate Champions are community organizations that volunteer their time and donate funds, not to be recognized but to help us build a stronger community for our youth so they grow up to be responsible, caring adults. We value their commitment.

In these tough economic times, corporate giving to charitable causes is more important than ever. In the past few years, our membership has increased more than 60 percent because families need a safe, enriching and essentially free place for their children to be after school. Our Corporate Champions have been with us through these times and we hope they will be with us well into the future. They include:

Without your help and the help of others, we wouldn’t be able to help our youth reach their fullest potential through a positive environment, lifelong learning, and quality programs dedicated to the arts, education, character and leadership development, health and recreation.

If you’re interested in becoming a Corporate Champion, please contact Kelly Ventimiglia, BGCOP director of major gifts and annual giving, at 805-815-4959 or


Go for a Run with Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

Go for a Run with Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

Once again, the Club is taking part in the Santa to the Sea half marathon Charity Challenge, where race participants can help raise money for the Club. As one of five designated charities, BGCOP is working with Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, who will be our team captain. Gorell will help motivate runners and community members to donate to the Club during the race.

“This is our third year in a row taking part in the charity challenge. With Gorell as our team captain this year, we hope to raise $25,000 during the race,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP chief professional officer.

Race participants can choose BGCOP as their charity when they register. But you don’t need to run in the race to help out. There is a separate donation section, where anyone in the community can help raise money during the race by choosing BGCOP. Participants who help raise money for the Club can receive a number of prizes and incentives, including an iPod shuffle, movie passes and Boys & Girls Club T-shirts. The top three fundraisers will receive a gift certificate and an award.

The Santa to the Sea race takes part Dec. 8 in Oxnard and offers four different types of races for people to walk or run: half marathon, two-person relay race, 5k run and a 1k fun run.

Help us make the Santa to the Sea a successful event and help BGCOP at the same time!

For more information, click Charity Challenge or paste into your browser. Or contact BGCOP’s Kelly Ventimiglia at 815-4959 x 205.


Win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

Win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Have you purchased your raffle ticket to win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle yet? Tickets are $30 each, and only 2,000 tickets to be sold. Proceeds will benefit the Club’s youth development programs and services. Tickets are available at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse (1900 West Fifth St., Oxnard) or from any BGCOP board member.

The drawing will take place on Nov. 16 at the 24th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Oxnard. The winner does not need to be present to win. If tickets sell out before that date, the drawing will take place at an earlier date to be announced.

This opportunity is thanks to a partnership with Ventura Harley-Davidson, which donated the motorcyle.

For more information on the raffle, contact the Club at 805-815-4959 x200 or visit raffle

Kids Day of Service

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

Kids Day of Service

More than 20 people came out to help clean up the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse Sept. 7 for the Whole Foods Market Kids Day of Service.

For two hours, volunteers worked on several projects, including using a power washer on the areas surrounding the Club; cleaning and painting the picnic tables used for Day Camp and the year-round snack program; and painting kids games on the sidewalk, like hopscotch, tic-tac-toe and four square. Volunteers also helped clean and weed the Club’s natural garden area. Whole Foods Market in Oxnard organized the Kids Day of Service and provided a healthy salad bar lunch for all the volunteers.  Thanks, Whole Foods Market!

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Calling all Alumni

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

Calling all Alumni

Remember the great times you had at the Club when you were young? Our Clubs may have changed over the years, but the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is still a place where great futures begin. We’re putting together an alumni roster and want to hear from you, to hear about your life since being at the Club.

It’s important to stay connected so we can continue making a positive impact on our community and the next generation and so that we can celebrate your successes together.

We want you to share your Club memories with us of “back in the day” and share the joy in getting an education, raising a family, serving your country, pursuing a career or supporting your community. We are so proud of all of our alumni who demonstrate our impact every day.

Join former BGCOP members like Katie Deutschman, who now has a successful grant-writing company called Turtle Type, or Keary Colbert, former professional football player and current college football coach.

We’d love to stay in touch and keep you up-to-date on our latest activities. There are also many ways for you to get involved and give back to the Club. To stay connected, be sure to fill out the alumni sign in form.

If you know of other alumni who would also like to reconnect, please spread the word and pass along a link to this page or forward this e-newsletter article!

A message from Tim Blaylock

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

Why are  BGCOP programs so critical to our community’s children and families?

When students hear the bell ring at 3 p.m., it signals the end of the school day and, for many, the start of an afternoon without supervision, without productive activities and without direction. Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool and summer learning programs fill the invaluable role of providing essential services—such as a safe and supervised environment, academically enriching activities, healthy snacks and meals, and caring and supportive mentors—to children and families most in need of support. The need for these afterschool and summer learning programs is especially vital in African-American and Latino communities, communities that are experiencing higher levels of poverty, homelessness and food insecurity, and are facing disparities in education and access to extracurricular activities.

Beyond keeping kids safe

Today’s Boys & Girls Clubs programs have moved far beyond the mission to keep kids safe. They are at the forefront of educational innovation – creating school, community and faith-based partnerships to bring resources, caring adults and exciting curricula to children after school.

Engaging activities

Because programs are voluntary, children have to want to come, so engagement and motivation are paramount. Whether students are building solar-powered box cars, providing services to the elderly, or developing a computer program to record their own songs, afterschool programs enable students to learn through fun, hands-on, engaging activities.


A growing research base shows that Boys & Girls Club programs work. Students in afterschool programs are more likely to come to school, stay in school and graduate. They show improvement on engagement as well as academic, behavioral and professional skills.

How can you make a difference?

It is time for everyone to step forward and give students the gift of productive activities and direction to help young people reach their full potential. No matter how you participate, you can help kids find their path to a great future!


Find one of our 18 Club locations in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Each location is a fun place for kids and teens to meet friends, enjoy cool activities and even catch up with homework. Want to learn more? Stop by and tour a nearby Club.


Boys & Girls Clubs impact the lives of young people in vital areas, such as academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. These Club programs and activities help kids thrive.


Join our Facebook fan page. Post photos of your children participating in BGCOP activities and programs, news articles and thoughts. It is your online place to meet other supporters, alumni or staff.


View videos from BGCOP throughout the years. Enjoy our public service announcements featuring BGCA’s national spokesperson Denzel Washington as he remembers his Club experience. Hear what the Club means to our Youth of the Year. Or learn about our latest events and campaigns.

Believe in Youth

Believe in Youth is an important program designed to sponsor children who participate in the life-changing programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Sponsoring our members keeps them off the streets, and involved in positive life-affirming programs. Kids in difficult family circumstances can connect with positive role models, learn how to use computers, develop good citizenship or just have some healthy fun at one of our 18 sites.

A donation of $500 sponsors one child’s participation in positive programming at a Boys & Girls Club for an entire year! A $2,000 donation will provide a year of fun, educational programming for four youth. Research has shown for every dollar we invest early on in a child’s life more than $16 is reinvested into the community.

Please click here to donate. If you’d like to mail your contribution, please make checks payable to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard, CA, 93030. Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Plan a Fundraiser

Golf tournaments, bowling championships, casino nights, neighborhood garage sales! Events planned by the community are a fun way to raise vital funds for BGCOP. Whatever your fundraising idea, contact Kelly Ventimiglia at 805-815-4959 x 205 and become a helping hand in your community.

Planned Giving

A planned gift from your estate is one of the best ways to create a lasting legacy of support. A contribution from your estate ensures that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will support our community’s youth for years –and generations– to come.

If you have any additional questions, contact Tim Blaylock at

2013 Day for Kids Program Available To View Here!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 20, 2013

2013 Day for Kids Program Available To View Here!

Just click on the link below!
DFK 2013 Program Guide

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme request your support for its 24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 17, 2013

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme request your support for its 24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction
BGCOP looks to community for fundraiser auction items

OXNARD, Calif.— The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is seeking auction items for its upcoming 24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The event, also known as the Black & White Gala, raises money for its 18 Boys & Girls Clubs sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme, which serve more than 9,000 youth. The event depends on generosity of donors for a wide array of auction items.

The Club is asking community members, businesses owners, corporations, Club alumni and parents of members to donate items to be auctioned off. Items of particular interest are trips, tours, wine, furniture, restaurant dinner or lunches, airline frequent flyer miles, gift baskets, hotels, jewelry, art, automobiles, weekend getaways, timeshares, landscaping materials, home improvement items, and gift certificates.

Those who feel they have no items of interest to giveaway but would like to contribute can also make a tax-deductible donation of cash to sponsor a young person or an entire program. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. All donors receive a tax deduction for the market value of the item they donate, and will be recognized by name (unless they choose anonymity) in the auction program.

“The Black Tie Gala this year celebrates 59 years of service to youth,” said Michele Pettes, Chair of this year’s Kids Auction. “We hope that businesses, corporations, Club alumni, parents of members, and people all over the county that are concerned for the well being of children will consider making a contribution to this worthwhile and important fundraising event.”

If interested in submitting an auction item or donating, contact Mayra Rincon at 805-815-4959 ext. 207 or at For more information regarding the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme go to

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs and 18 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 9,000 members annually. It’s also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open in the Juvenile Justice Center. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit

Juvenile Justice 101 & IEP sessions available

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on September 16, 2013

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