Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

A Thanksgiving Message

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

A Thanksgiving Message

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of everything I am thankful for. A heartfelt thank you goes to our board of directors, staff, volunteers, members, donors and community partners.

Collectively, our efforts have touched the lives of thousands of children and teens in our community. Many families count on the Boys & Girls Club each year and we allow families to work without worry! I encourage everyone to take a few moments to reflect on the areas in your life that you are grateful for. We are thankful that we have made a difference for thousands of youth during critical moments in their lives. Today we are serving over 9,200 members; we provide experiences that guide them to make good choices on their passage to adolescence—and beyond. Whether in our Clubhouses, our Teen Center, our Nyeland Acres center, Public Housing, our school sites, or in our Juvenile Justice Center, youth are engaged in programs that are holistic and empowering, giving youth a rich sense of themselves and their future options. We weave a broad web of support—with programs, resources and mentors—that can help youth develop their strengths, and leadership skills.

I offer my sincere thanks!
I wish you and your families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

With Passion for Kids,

Erin Reardon Antrim

26th Annual Kids Auction & Gala

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

26th Annual Kids Auction & Gala


Our 26th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction & Gala is almost here! Join us Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 10 p.m., at the Residence Inn by Marriott , 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. The event is the Club’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds help fund programs at our 18 Club sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme, which serve more than 9,200 youth. Last year, more than 320 attendees helped the Club raise $354,600, and we’re hoping to raise more this year.

The evening includes 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 Maui, Ecuador and Taos; jewelry and African photo safari. Attendees can also bid on a VIP experience at Churchill Downs, a full orthodontic case and collectables.

Alexander Buick-GMC-Cadillac is the presenting sponsor of this year’s auction. Other major sponsors include Southern California Edison, S.L. Leonard & Associates, the Port of Hueneme, Bill & Jewel Powell, City National Bank, Learn4Life Concept Charter Schools, Hub International and Oxnard Rotary.

For ticket information, contact Gail Miller at 805-815-4959 ext. 207 or at

Thanks for going “All in For the Kids”

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Thanks for going “All in For the Kids”

Thank you to everyone who came to our “All in For the Kids” Casino Night fundraiser and helped make the night such a success! Close to 165 people attended the September event. We had a variety of casino games, a no-host bar, and prizes such as Las Vegas trips, gift baskets, gift cards and more. We raised more than $12,500 for our 9,200+ members.

The casino night and poker tournament were held at our Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, where we set up 14 gaming tables, including Blackjack, Texas Poker, Poker, Pai Gaw, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud and Casino War.

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Local bank manager joins Club’s leadership board

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Local bank manager joins Club’s leadership board

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Please help us welcome Derek Swafford, a vice president at Union Bank in Ventura, to our board of directors.

“Derek has strong ties to our community and brings a wealth of banking knowledge with him to our board,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “We are very excited to work with him.”

A native of Ventura, Derek graduated from Ventura High School and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to play minor league baseball. After five years of baseball, he decided to attend the Haas School of Business at the University California, Berkley, where he received a degree in business management while playing football. Derek worked for Wells Fargo for 10 years, before taking his current position at Union Bank.

Derek has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievements, and served on the board of directors for the city of Fremont’s Chamber of Commerce.

Come run with us

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Come run with us

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Help us keep the trophy! For a fifth year in a row, the Club is taking part in the Santa to the Sea Charity Challenge. You can help out in one of two ways: Grab your sneakers and join us Dec. 13 for the half marathon and 5K race and/or help us raise money to win the challenge. Last year, our Club raised $6,300, the highest amount of all the participating charities in the Charity Challenge and we brought home the top charity trophy. Help us do even better this year!

Join a team! This year, the Club has designated team captains who will rally their teams to help raise money for the Club.

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!

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 9,200 Club youth served each year at our 18 Club sites.

The Santa to the Sea race takes offers four 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.

Gateway to Impact Award

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Gateway to Impact Award

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Accepting the Gateway to Impact Awards (From the left: Terrell Penny; Jaime Zendejas, BGCOP director of operations; Erin Antrim BGCOP CEO; Nancy Mayerson, BGCOP board president; Jim Clark, BGCA president; Greg Siuta, BGCOP board member.)

We are proud to announce that BGCOP received two national awards from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America: 2015 Gateway to Impact gold level award for increased membership and a League of Eagles silver-level award for outstanding board leadership.

The Gateway to Impact award recognizes Boys & Girls Clubs that achieved significant increases in average daily attendance and capacity utilization during the calendar year.

The League of Eagles award goes to Clubs that achieved 90 percent or more of the key performance indicators for strong boards as stated in their 2014 annual reports. The League of Eagles Awards are a key element of BGCA’s Leading Edge 2020 Board Transformation Strategy, which advances new tools training and technical assistance to the board of directors at local Boys & Girls Clubs..

“Our board works very hard to keep our Club running. This kind of recognition shows us we are on the right path and inspires us to continue making strides for our kids,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP

Meet our Members

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Meet our Members

Dayana Flores, age 11

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(partnered with Alexa Gonzalez)

“(At the Club) I’ve met new people and experienced new things.”

Dayana (on the left) has been a Club member for four years. When Dayana started the SeaPerch program, she didn’t know what to expect. She learned the concepts behind fluid dynamics, physics, engineering and magnetism. She also learned to work together as a team. Working with tools and taking the robotic submarine for an underwater test run were highlights of the program. Dayana, whose favorite subjects are math and science, likes how the Club exposes her to new activities, like playing the piano and doing games in the Game Room. She also likes that she gets to play with friends there, and the staff is really fun, too. Dayana says when she grows up she wants to be a therapist or an accountant.

Corporate champion spotlight – Procter & Gamble

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on November 12, 2015

Corporate champion spotlight – Procter & Gamble

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Thank you Procter & Gamble! The company recently donated $1,700-worth of paper products, including paper towels and toilet paper, to the Club’s Nyeland Center. To show our appreciation, the Club presented Keith Busby, P&G senior HR manager, Oxnard Plant and his team with a special thank you gift from our members.

“Donations like these are so crucial because we use these products every day and now we don’t need to purchase them, which it helps our bottom line,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer.

This is P&G’s second donation to the Club this year. The company is now a gold-level corporate champion of the Club, a $10,000 minimum level