Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Oxnard Businessman joins board

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 18, 2013

Oxnard Businessman joins board

The Club welcomes Steve Buenger as its newest board member. Steve is the owner/operator of the Marine Emporium Landing, a visitor-oriented retail center in Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. Steve also owns and operates Buenger Commercial Real Estate (BCRE), which specializes in the sales and leasing of commercial, retail and office buildings in west Ventura County.

“Steve is very active in this community and brings a wealth of business knowledge to our board,” said Sean Leonard, board president. “He has many ideas that will aid us in discovering new and improved ways to serve the children and families in Oxnard and Port Hueneme.”

Asides from the Boys & Girls Clubs, Steve is active on other boards including the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries of Santa Barbara and Ventura County. He is an executive board member and vice chair of the Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau, executive board member of the Channel Islands Harbor Lessees and is chairman of the City of Oxnard-Brand Leadership Committee.

The Club’s 59th board of officers and directors includes president Sean Leonard, S.L. Leonard & Associates; vice president Michele Pettes, Southern California Gas Company; treasurer Mike Orman, Ojai Community Bank; and secretary Sean Copeland, SGN-NIA Insurance Brokers.

Executive committee members include Steve Kinney, EDCO; Don Facciano, Youth Advocate; Tony Volante, Youth Advocate; Richard Duarte, Youth Advocate; and Nancy Mayerson, Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations.

Board members include Kathleen Booth, Steve Buenger, Catherine Chien, Lisa Cortes, Kim Wilson, Danielle Everson, Bill Hagelis, Dean Maulhardt, Stephen MacIntosh, Carmen Ramos- Soriano, Ronald Rowen, Robert Sills, Bill Tucker, Pete Wallace, David Wellik, Peter Zierhut, and liaison to the board MC Percy Trent, USN.






Triple Play’s Big Summit ’13!

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Leadership Summit’s goals were to empower teens and advisors to go back to communities and combat obesity!

Contributed by Angel L. and Albert L., Teen Reporters, BGCOP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Triple Play Leadership Summit took place last weekend at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs and we were happy to have been a part of this GREAT opportunity!

We arrived on Friday and checked in at the Olympic Training Facility dorms where we roomed with other Triple Play Leadership teens from all over the country. When everyone met up, we were split into three teams for the weekend that represented the essential elements of Triple Play — Mind, Body and Soul!

We got into physical activity right away and participated in soccer and flag rugby for a couple of hours. After working up a big appetite we went to eat at the Training Ground Cafeteria where we ate the most delicious HEALTHY food! Who would’ve thought that all that great food was so healthy, right?

But the biggest moment of the first day was the Teen Health Forum. We are all asked to go back to our communities to fight obesity and we had a great forum with smart teen speakers talking about things such as why it’s easier to get unhealthy food, making time to exercise and more! It was really a beneficial forum.

Oh, who could forget the great FREE stuff we got: some really cool Triple Play backpacks with a notebook, water bottle, flashdrive wristband, T-shirts, and a NEW PAIR of lime green New Balance shoes!

More Fun on Day Two Includes Nature Hike!

On Day Two, we had a Triple Play meeting with all of the Clubs that attended where we discussed the importance of being healthy and staying active. We had so much fun meeting and sharing cool ideas with other Boys & Girls Clubs around the nation.

In the afternoon, we played non-traditional sports such as badminton and lacrosse, which we don’t play too often but found out are really fun. Later on in the day we got to go to the Garden of the Gods where we hiked on a trail and saw plenty of remarkable rock formations like the “Balancing Rock” and other great scenes.

In the evening, we all worked on the action plans we plan to take back to our communities, and presented a program we named “Healthysaurus Rex,” where Clubs put up nutrition facts of the foods that they serve at snack time. Another part of our program was called “Power Play,” which was a combination of Triple Play and Power Hour where everyone participates in an activity for at least an hour.

We are very grateful to BGCA for selecting our Club to participate in the Triple Play Leadership Summit because we can now help our Club be an even more healthy and active place for our peers. We came back with a lot of creative ideas to share with our friends and can’t wait for what the future has in store for Triple Play!

Visit the website ( to see more pictures and videos of our Club members interviewing presenters from the 2013 Triple Play Leadership Summit, including U.S. Paralympian Dartanyon Crockett!


Our Donors help make Great Futures

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Our Donors help make Great Futures


The Club would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the generous donors who have supported our Great Futures campaign to help us serve all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay the $20 annual membership fee. Members receive programs free of charge, but our actual program cost is $500 per child per year. It is donors’ support that makes up the difference and enables us to serve more than 9,000 children in our community. The following is a list (as complete as possible, we apologize if we left anyone out) of our Great Futures donors, THANK YOU:


Tawni Gomes

Paul A. Rehder

Timothy S. McGrath

Paul Giacobbe

Kim Wilson

John Wood

K. Ingram

Charles Archer

Linda LaVanne

Ventura Vintage Rods

Ventura County NAHREP

Roadsters of LAthank-you

Dolores Powell

Nancy D. Mitchell

Richard Duarte

Salvador Gonzalez

William J. Clark

John Zaragoza

Lisa De La Cruz

Beatriz Vasquez

Sean Leonard

Mike Barber

Dayna Padilla

Camille Abraham

Angela Hsiao

Lillian Bleuze-Nelson

Tasha Wahl

Jim Whilt



If you would like to help create a Great Future for our youth, please contact Kelly Ventimiglia at or (805) 815-4959 x 205.



Win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

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Win a 2013 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Would you like to win a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle? There is still time. 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 motorcycle.

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

Harley raffle

Club News Highlights

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 18, 2013

Club News Highlights

Our Clubs and members are quite active. Below is a list that highlights the most exciting things we’ve been up to during the last month.

  • Our teens went on a wonderful field trip to UCSB and CSUCI in September.
  • The clubhouses will start some new programming for the upcoming fall/winter season: An etiquette class at MVS, a Good Grief Club in partnership with Camarillo hospice, and the teens have started Yoga with Zan Ferris. We are also looking into a partnership with ITT for a robotics program at the teen center.
  • RAMP program has been given a no cost extension and will continue to run through December 31st, 2013.
  • Working on an expanded partnership with St John’s, we are looking into semi-annual super health fairs, we are also going to be holding our career workshops once a quarter at St John’s.
  • All after school sites are at capacity for enrollment.
  • Public health will be getting more involved with our teen center and providing education to our members.
  • CSUCI is going to provide youth leaders to assist with college bound workshops; we can also utilize their YouTube channel for assistance with workshop topics.





Give the gift of a great future – support your local Boys & Girls Clubs!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 18, 2013

Give the gift of a great future – support your local Boys & Girls Clubs!

Have you been looking for a way to make a generous gift to the Boys & Girls Club? If you are already making annual gifts and would like to do more, the good news is you can this year. If you are over 70 ½, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to charity in 2013 without paying any federal income tax. And this gift may be made over and above the other charitable gifts you already made for 2013. Your gift can be made simply by notifying your IRA plan custodian of your intent to make a current transfer to us. You will feel good knowing that you were able to make a generous gift from your IRA this year. For more information on how to make an IRA rollover gift in 2013, please contact Kelly Ventimiglia at   You can also visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme website for other ideas on planned giving:

Gene Haas Foundation donates $150,000

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 18, 2013

Gene Haas Foundation donates $150,000

gene haas foundation logoThe Club would like to extend its gratitude to the Gene Haas Foundation for its continued support. The Foundation recently donated $150,000 to support programs, like character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports, fitness and recreation. Thank you for your generosity!

“The impact we have on kids’ lives is profound and positive, and the Gene Haas Foundation’s impact on our organization is profound and positive as well,” said Sean Leonard, president of the Club’s board of directors. “The Foundation is  creating a ripple effect throughout Ventura County and beyond, as our young club members grow up to become caring, self-sufficient, civic-minded leaders in our community. We are grateful for the Foundation’s support.”

Programs are offered at all of our locations. The Club has three full-service clubs, 18 school program sites and one housing site and serves more than 9,000 members annually.

24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction is almost here!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on October 18, 2013

24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction is almost here!


We hope you can join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction, Black and White Gala 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 raises money for all 18 Club sites, which serve more than 9,000 youth annually. Click here to see the invitation (


“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.”

The evening will include a gourmet dinner, cocktails and wine, along with silent and live auctions. Auction items in the past have included vacations to exciting locales, VIP suite experiences, electronic devices and much more. Join us for an evening of fun, while helping the youth in our community!



Message Tim Blaylock Chief Professional Officer

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Message Tim Blaylock Chief Professional Officer

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme has a rich 59-year history in our community.  Since 1954, we have served generations of smart, brave and inspiring youth–literally thousands of wonderful kids–who have passed through our doors.

Every day for the past 59 years, there has been laughing, crying, growing and learning inside these Club walls. We want to keep this tradition of helping youth in our community grow to their fullest potential going for another 59 years—at least. We are working hard to keep the Boys & Girls Clubs a beacon of hope and opportunity for kids throughout Oxnard and Port Hueneme and we are doing it.

Recently, Erin Antrim, our director of program services, shared a story with me that I’d like to pass on to you. It’s about a teen who came to us through a referral from probation.

“He was noted as having drug problems and depression. He was mandated to come to the Club for 30 days. He was done with his mandatory time last week. I got a call this morning from probation, the youth’s probation officer reported, “He is a different kid now.” He used to be disrespectful, unhappy and somewhat hopeless, but is now optimistic and full of life. He has not tested clean for drugs since February….9 months, yesterday he tested clean for the first time!!

I truly believe we have replaced negative behavior and habits with positive behavior and habits here at the club, I observed this young man last night and he was so happy, he was interacting positively with his peers, socializing, respecting and listening to staff.”

This teen is an example of how we do change and save lives!  Be proud of your support and efforts on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.  We are dedicated and committed to ensuring that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is one of the best Boys & Girls Club organizations in the country and an outstanding youth guidance and development agency in our community.

We cannot do this work without your continued support and help. We are truly grateful for you!!!!

I invite you to embrace our vision, and together as a community we can be the positive change in the lives of thousands of Oxnard and Port Hueneme youth. Check out our website ( ) for ways that you can help.

It just takes One to make a difference….Will you be the ONE?