Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Club youth receive 100 backpacks

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Earlier this month, the Gap clothing retail store came out and donated 100 backpacks to our Martin V. Smith Clubhouse youth.

Volunteers helped in the Games Room with Ping Pong, Connect 4 and Mancala tournaments; in the Art Room, they helped with the Club’s pencil snake, spider hat and paper wind crafts; in the Learning Center students got their faces painted; and in the Gym volunteers helped with a timed obstacle course challenge. At the end of the day, Club members received brand-new backpacks.

“The kids were excited to receive new backpacks, which went to Club youth with the greatest need,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer.

Day for Kids Fun!

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Editors Note: This article was written by BGCOP Club member Claire B. and was written for BGCA’s She is a teen reporter from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Teen Center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Huenemedkf14 01

It was a day of community and giving back as BGCs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme celebrated in a big way!

Day for Kids is an annual event dedicated to spending meaningful time with children and this year was no different! I love Day for Kids at our Club because it’s a day when I can mix my immediate family with my Club family and have fun doing it.

In 2014, Day for Kids was awesome! At our event, we had 30-plus nonprofit agencies providing services to families in our community. We had a full stocked arts-and-crafts section with face painting, sidewalk chalk and balloon animals. Among the many things taking place were pony rides, a petting zoo, Gamez on Wheelz (a mobile video game truck), a rock climbing wall, monkey jumps and a bunch of jolly jumpers that everyone enjoyed.

We also had food vendors such as Domino’s Pizza, Jersey Mike’s, Panda Express and Kona Ice that supported our event. Last, but not least, the stage entertainment kept parents busy as their kids enjoyed all of the interactive activities. We had a Polynesian Floor Show, The Reptile Family, DJ Wiz Kid from Q-104.7 and our very own Voices of Hope Choir. Important dignitaries also came out to enjoy the day’s festivities.

But what I love most about Day for Kids is that it’s free! Families didn’t have worry about the cost of activities or the show. In Oxnard, free events are appreciated.

The best part about my day was being able to volunteer with the rest of my Keystone family. This is the one event where we are able to give back to the Club that has given so much to us. Yes! We get to enjoy the event, but we also choose to help where we were needed.

This year, we had nearly 70 adult volunteers from the U.S. Navy. That’s 70 men and women who lay their lives on the line for our country every day. I was happy to work with them because their positive vibes sure did show. It was a reflection of the great partnership our Club has with Military Forces.

Over all, the day was a huge success for our Club. It was amazing to see the thousands of people who decided to wake up that morning and take part in Day for Kids. It reminds me that the community should come together more often to celebrate families and showed me that my community believes in my Club. During Day for Kids, we prove to our communities that the Boys & Girls Clubs offer hope and guidance for Great Futures!

Community Help

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Community Help

The Ventura Vintage Rods organization also donated $1,000 to the Club after the car show, and we want to recognize them as a community partner and show our appreciation. Thanks, Ventura Vintage Rods!

We would also like to give a big thank Bob Sills, a BGCOP board member and Vintage Rods board member, for his donation to the Club, a new digital SLR camera. We love the camera and are using to take some fantastic photographs of the many happenings at the Club.

Our teens: Out and About

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Several Club teens helped paint the Santa to the Sea’s 300-foot long mural Oct. 4.

Five Club teens helped out at the Sept. 14 Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run car show by selling raffle tickets for prizes. One of our teens won a raffle prize of some cool car parts.


Grab your running shoes

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Come run or fundraise with us! Once again, the Club is taking part in the Santa to the Sea half marathon and 5K Charity Challenge, where race participants — and their friends — can help raise money for the Club. As one of five designated charities, BGCOP is out to raise the most money and win the Charity Challenge.

Join a team! This year, the Club has designated five team captains who will rally their teams to help raise money for the Club. Our team captains are Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, BGCOP Chief Executive Officer Erin Antrim, Director of Public Health Rigo Vargas, BGCOP board member Steve Kinney and Ventura County Senior Deputy District Attorney Rachelle Dean.

Team captains are in charge of recruiting participants who are willing and ready to make fundraising their top priority. Team members can include family, coworkers, friends and neighbors—anyone who wants to help and participate. It’s an opportunity to build Club involvement, improve health and have fun!

“This is our fourth year in a row taking part in the Charity Challenge, and this year we’d love to bring home the trophy for Top Charity,” said Antrim, who ran last year’s race. We raised $3,200 last year and hope to double it this year.”

And the Club is offering plenty of incentives:

  • Raise $1,000 for BGCOP and we will pay your entry fee, and you will receive a dry-fit shirt and a water bottle; plus you are invited to attend a special recognition lunch at the Club.
  • Raise $500 for BGCOP and receive a $25 gift card to Big 5 Sporting Goods and a water bottle; plus you are invited to attend a special recognition lunch at the Club.
  • Raise $100 for BGCOP and receive two movie passes to a local theater.

Funds raised in the Charity Challenge benefit Club programming and activities for the more than 9,000 Club youth served each year at our 18 Club sites.

The Santa to the Sea race takes place Dec. 14 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. The organization awards trophies to the team that raises the most money for its charity, and the charity that raises the most money overall.

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

For more information on joining a team, visit the Santa to the Sea website or paste into your browser.


Fredy Santana, age 10

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Music is part of Fredy’s life. Outgoing and friendly, Fredy likes to sing and to paint pictures of his family having fun outside. Fredy comes to the Club every day because it’s fun and he gets to learn. He participates in the Hardy Brain program and was excited to meet Sherrie Hardy, who developed the program. Through the Torch Club he has gone on a lot of cool fieldtrips. In the five years he’s been a Club member, he has learned to be a leader and to be a friend to everyone.

“When I grow up, I want to be a famous singer or a nurse,” says Fredy.

Outstanding Service in the Juvenile Justice System

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Outstanding Service in the Juvenile Justice System

Kenny Plummer, the Club’s program director, received an award for outstanding service by the Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission at their awards ceremony Oct. 6.

Kenny, who has been with the Club three years, is running the newly developed Evening Reporting Center program at the Teen Center. “These are teens who got themselves into some trouble and have been mandated by the courts to be here,” explained Kenny. “Thanks to reliable and dependable staff, most of our teens graduate from the program and come back as Club members. We’re really making a difference in their lives.”

In this last year, Kenny says 62 teens have been referred to the Club and more than 50 percent graduated from the program. The Club has been able to retain 70 percent of those youth who have come back to the Teen Center as members.

Kenny says the Teen Center staff has played a key role in the high retention numbers. The Club gives youth a sense of hope and encouragement.

“He has a special way of dealing with the youth who need us most,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “He has high expectations for the kids and is very passionate about their positive development and showing them alternatives to the path they are going down.”

The program is doing well, added Kenny, who says it is data driven, has a good motto and continues to grow. The Evening Reporting Center is a partnership with Ventura County Probation and BGCOP.

Jaime Zendejas, Director of Operations

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Jamie Zendejas planned to become a police officer after serving XX years in the US Coast Guard, but a job at the City of Ventura, opening a new recreation center in Cabrillo Village, Saticoy, uncovered a passion for working with at-risk youth.

Then in 1992, he joined the Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard, focusing on social recreation for local youth. Over the years, he has taken on more and more responsibility, becoming director of operations in 1999. He still strives to make every day spent at the Club rewarding and memorable for every child who enters the doors.


“I want the Club to be remembered for having a staff that has made a difference in a child’s life, which I know I have been a part of. But I also personally want to be able to make a difference in the lives of our young staff, which I think I am accomplishing,” says Jaime.

While Jaime is responsible for the Club’s administrative side—including payroll, transportation, safety and volunteer services—it’s not surprising that with his sense of humor and ability to relate well to everyone at the Club that his main area of expertise is staff relations.

He is proud that over the years, he has hired and retained some of the best staff the BGCA can offer. “Training is also a passion of mine,” added Jaime. “When I first started working for the Club, I started as a game room supervisor, and then I worked as an athletic director, a program director, and unit director. …. So I am able to relate to many of the staff’s challenges and can give them input on programs and child development.”

Jaime spends a lot of time working with Club staff and enjoys sharing his experiences and helping staff implement programs.

“The best part of my job is working with our staff and assisting them in becoming positive mentors to our Club members,” said Jaime. “Seeing the outcomes of the members we work with is a huge motivation for me. Our mission states: ‘To reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens’ – and it’s amazing to see our youth reach these goals.”

Over the years, Jaime has accomplished a great deal for the Club and its members. He assisted in the merger of the Port Hueneme Club and the Oxnard Club; helped plan and design the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, including staffing and opening; helped with the temporary shutdown and reopening of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Center; as well as the hiring of all staff for the Club’s afterschool programs.

Most recently, Jaime was involved with hiring new staff and preparing the building for the new Teen Center. He is proud to have a stand-alone teen center with teen-friendly programs. “Any Club that is able to recruit and keep teens out of the streets and in a positive environment is a plus,” said Jaime. “But when you are able to have a stand-alone teen center, where teens are the focus of the day, it gives BGCOP the opportunity to offer quality programs.”

Corporate Champion Spotlight: VCDSA

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Corporate Champion Spotlight: VCDSA


VCDSA check presentation-edited(Left to right) Richard Duarte, board chair; Kelly Ventimiglia, director of major gifts and annual giving; Erin Antrim, CEO/president Scott Peterson, VCDSA board president and Rick Shimmel, VCDSA executive director.

The Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association recently presented the Club with $10,000, representing their annual Corporate Champion donation for 2014/2015. VCDSA has been a Corporate Champion partner with the Club for more than 10 years.

“VCDSA is aligned with our mission to help kids who need us the most,” said Kelly Ventimiglia, director of major gifts and annual giving. “They have been a significant partner both with corporate sponsorship and as a charity benefit organizer, conducting five annual Battle of the Badges Charity Boxing events, which raised over $80,000 for our organization.”

VCDSA is committed to keeping kids away from gangs, drugs and violence, and is leading the effort to prevent domestic abuse and provide help to abuse victims.


25th Annual Kids Auction & Gala – this Saturday

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25th Annual Kids Auction & Gala – this Saturday

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Join us this Saturday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 – 10 p.m., at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, as we celebrate the Club’s 60 years of service during our 25th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction & Gala!

The evening will include a gourmet dinner, cocktails and wine, along with silent and live auctions. The live auction is conducted by entertaining auctioneer Jim Jungers. Auction items include vacations to Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Ireland, Lake Louise Canada, Taos, Oregon as well as a Nascar VIP suite experience, a VIP experience to Churchill Downs, a Mac iPad, a full Orthodontic Case and Lasik Eye Surgery.

This event is our largest fundraiser. All proceeds help fund programs at the 18 Boys & Girls Clubs sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme, which serve more than 9,000 youth. Last year, more than 300 attendees helped the club raise $280,000, and we hope to raise more this year.

Alexander Buick-GMC-Cadillac is the presenting sponsor of this year’s auction. Other major sponsors include Haas Automation, Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, HUB international, S.L. Leonard & Associates, City National Bank, Southern California Edison, Rabobank, Diversified Minerals Inc., The Port of Hueneme, Dullam Nursery, Staples Construction, Proctor and Gamble, Oxy/Vintage Productions, DUDA farms and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.

For ticket information, contact Mayra Rincon at 805-815-4959 ext. 207 or at