Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Rotary Club of Oxnard & Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme Young Professionals Network to Host 3rd Annual Wine & Art Trail in Downtown Oxnard

Posted in Arts, Events, Press Releases by BGCOP Staff on March 10, 2011

OXNARD, Calif.- On Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oxnard Rotary along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Young Professionals Network will hold its 3rd Annual Wine/Art Trail—Rediscovering Downtown Oxnard, presented by Alert Real Estate Services, an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs After-School Music Program. The event, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm will start in downtown Oxnard’s Heritage Square and feature an eight-stop walking tour. The trail will take participants through a fun tour tasting fine local wines and food offerings while enjoying the unique artists’ exhibits at each location. The tour will include Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Downtown Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum, Alert Management, Tomas Café, The Kitchen, Sugar Beets, and Fresh & Fabulous. The official wine sponsor of the event will be the wineries of the Ventura County Wine Trail.
Event co-chair Kate Koslosky, Oxnard Rotary member stated “”In our third year of the Wine and Art Trail, we are looking forward to raising even more money for the Boys and Girls Club music program. The money provides funds to continue their vocal and instrumental programs through purchasing instruments and hiring teachers. This year we are excited to be partnering with the Ventura County
Wine Trail and also to bring 3 additional wine tasting locations to our Trail for a total of 8 locations. The Rotary Club of Oxnard is really interested in the promotion of the downtown Oxnard area and this has been a very productive event to spotlight the City.”
The event will conclude back at Heritage Square where participants will be treated to a performance by the “Voices of Hope” Choir and Orchestra. “Voices of Hope” is an important after-school educational opportunity and a collaborative effort with the Rio School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The performance consists of an orchestra and choir. There are currently 85 students participating in each. Over 500 children have auditioned. Many students have been waiting outside the music classroom eagerly asking when they will have the opportunity to take music lessons. For at-risk youth, music education can make all the difference.
The performance will be followed by a raffle offering fabulous prizes. Individual tickets are $50. Tickets are available online at or at The Boys & Girls Clubs (5th St. location), Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Herzog Wine Cellars, Oxnard Downtown Management District and The California Welcome Center. For Sponsorship Opportunities, ticket sales, or further information please contact the committee at .

Boys & Girls Clubs Seek Sponsors for 18th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on May 25, 2010

OXNARD, Calif.—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is looking for sponsors and players to take part in the 18th annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Classic. The charity tournament, honoring Carl Lowthorp and Bob McMillan, will be held Monday, June 28 at Las Posas Country Club. Former NFL player Keary Colbert and his surprise NFL guests will also be playing in the tournament and available for autographs and photos for those participating in the tournament.
“This annual event attracts civic and business leaders from Ventura and LA Counties and sells out every year. We are looking forward to another great tournament benefitting our greatest asset: our youth,” said Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
Entry fee to the tournament is $295 per player or $1180 per team. The registration fee gives each player access to green fees, cart, lunch, contests and an awards banquet, held after the tournament.
Sponsorship packages are available, ranging from $250-$10,000. For information on how you can get involved please go to or contact Meggan McCarthy at 815-4959 ext. 204 or
Last year’s tournament netted more than $30,000. Funding from this event helps support the programs and services at the 18 Boys & Girls Club locations in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The Club currently serves more than 7,200 youth in the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme area. While members pay $15 per year, the club pays $500 per year in program expenses for each child in club programs.
By involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme helps youth reach their full potential through a positive environment, lifelong learning and programs dedicated to the arts, education, character and leadership development, health and recreation. Programs are based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, and are designed to expand participants’ areas of interest. For more information, visit

Hueneme Pilot – Fire, police units raise gloves, funds

Posted in Events, Media Coverage by BGCOP Staff on December 21, 2009

Hueneme Pilot
From staff reports
Ventura County firefighters proved they could fight more than fires during the
first Battle of the Badges charity boxing challenge Dec. 5, but the real winner
was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
The event, held at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, raised about $20,000
for the organization by pitting the Ventura County Fire Department against the
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in 11 matches billed as Guns vs. Hoses.
The firefighters, after falling behind early, rallied to win, 7 bouts to 4.
“It was spectacular,” said firefighter Jason Hodge, one of the coordinators of the
event. “It was a sold-out house, we had some really great fights, and we raised a
lot of money. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
Hodge said the money was still being tallied and bills paid but expected to net
around $20,000, more than twice the original goal. “We could have raised even
more if we had known what we were doing,” Hodge joked.
The firefighter said the Boys & Girls Club was selected because “there is a
natural nexus between what the Boys & Girls Clubs do and what we do in law
enforcement and fire education. (The club) empowers children to take care of
themselves and become responsible adults, better citizens. They also have a
boxing program.”
A second event is expected, but Hodge said he was uncertain when it would be.
This year’s event conflicted with Christmas season and an earlier schedule would
occur during fire season. He said February or March of 2011 might be the best
The fights were state-sanctioned, which means each of the fighters had to be
state-approved for the fight and each has an official won-loss record.
“It was just fantastic that we had 22 people standing in the ring, taking punches
and fighting for these kids,” Hodge said. “There were no losers. It was a
phenomenal effort.”

First Annual Boxing Fundraiser a Hit with Boys and Girls Club

Posted in Events, Media Coverage, Press Releases, Videos by BGCOP Staff on December 9, 2009

Read on to view the KEYT video of the First Annual Boxing Fundraiser!


Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on October 27, 2009
Kratos Check presentation

L-R: Travis Mack (Saalex Solutions and BGCOP Board Member), Chuck Citera (Kratos), Bill Egan (VP, Kratos), Steve Kinney (EDCO, BGCOP Board President)

OXNARD- (October 27, 2009) – On Friday, September 25, 2009 Kratos hosted the 12th Annual Golf Classic, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard. This year, the tourney was a huge success, bringing in double last year’s tournament net proceeds with a grand total of $6,000 to benefit the Clubs. “Kratos believes in investing in the communities we operate in. To that end, we are pleased to support the Boys & Girls Clubs again this year through our charity benefit tournament,” said Bill Egan, vice president of the local Kratos office.

The tournament was coordinated by the local office of SYS Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. The event was Co-Chaired by Chuck Citera and Dave Fucito of Kratos. “Over the past five years, Kratos (and formerly SYS Technologies) has donated close to $15,000 in net proceeds from our tournament to a very worthwhile charity – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said event chair, Dave Fucito.

The proceeds from this event will help support the programs and services to more than 7,200 youth at the 18 Boys & Girls Club locations throughout the Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities. The Clubs’ mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

For more information on Club programs go to or call 815-4999 or on how you can help the BGCOP help kids call 805-815-4959 x 204.

Oceanview Pavilion proudly presents 1st Annual Charity Boxing Challenge to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme “Battle of the Badges” Guns versus Hoses Benefit

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on October 14, 2009

guns n hoses poster

On Saturday, December 5th, Oceanview Pavilion, official sponsor, will host the 1st Annual “Battle of the Badges” Guns Vs Hoses Amateur Boxing event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The charity boxing event will feature deputy sheriffs and police officers versus firefighters from Ventura County. Proceeds will support the 18 Boys & Girls Club sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme and more than 7,200 youth that they serve annually.

This is a boxing match that puts members of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and other law enforcement officers up against the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association and other firefighters for a good cause.
The Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Ventura County Professional Firefighter’s Association and Oceanview Pavilion have come together to unite in the spirit of giving from the heart to benefit our communities.
Money raised will go to support over 7,200 youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “We are eager to help the kids served by the Boys & Girls Clubs by showcasing the good-natured rivalry between deputies and firefighters,” said Sergeant Matt Findlay, VCDSA President. “Oceanview Pavilion’s Performing Arts Theatre by the beach is honored to join hands with the Ventura County Firefighters Association, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme,” said Sharon Kloeris, Executive Vice President of Marketing.

The official sponsor for the event is the Oceanview Pavilion and current sponsors include the law firm of Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine, Kaiser Permanente, JHC Insurance Services, Domino’s Pizza, and Dr. Manuel Lopez, Optometrist.
The doors open at 5 p.m. with the first bout starting at 6 p.m. There will be ten matches, each are three, one-minute rounds.
Tickets are available for $20 – general admission, $50 – reserved and $100 –VIP.

The Club is seeking additional sponsors for the evening. Please contact Linda le Brock (805) 815-4959 ext. 205 or for more information.


Posted in Events, General Information, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 30, 2009

Regional partnership helped youth overcome barriers to employment

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30


WHERE: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Martin V. Smith Youth Center

1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard

WHAT: More than 400 youth ages 14 to 24 spent their summer learning how to find and keep a summer job, despite barriers such as being a foster youth, a teen parent, incarcerated or having a disability. Now the Boys & Girls Club will salute them.

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program is a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, the Ventura County Office of Education and Oxnard City Corps. The youth participated in an eight-hour training course to learn work readiness, teamwork and leadership skills. They were then matched to a work site to learn workplace skills and habits, while earning money for the summer.

CONTACT: Mayra Rincon

(805) 483-1118, ext. 306

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program operates along with policies set by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the County of Ventura Workforce Administration. The program was put in place to motivate and give local youth an opportunity to work and achieve an employment goal, working together for the benefit of the community.

20th Annual Kids Auction to Benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 2, 2009

On Saturday, November 14th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will host the 20th Annual Kids Auction at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel in Oxnard. The black tie event is the organization’s largest special event fundraiser and hopes to raise over $200,000 that evening.  Proceeds from the Black and White Gala themed event will support the 18 Boys & Girls Clubs sites within Oxnard and Port Hueneme and more than 7,200 youth that they serve annually.

The evening will start off at 6 p.m. with a silent auction before the dinner and live auction portion of the evening.  The BGCOP and Rio School District’s “Voices of Hope Choir”  will also perform at the event. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique vacations, tours and other opportunities, men’s and women’s items.

The Club is seeking sponsors, auction donors, attendees and volunteers for the evening.  Please contact Meggan McCarthy (805) 815-4959 ext. 204 or for more information.

Kaiser Permanente and Community Memorial Hospital Presents the Fourth Annual Boys & Girls Club’s “Day for Kids”

Posted in Clubhouses, Events, Martin V. Smith, Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on September 2, 2009

Families are Invited to Spend Time Together at the National Celebration

Kaiser Permanente & Community Memorial Hospital announce the fourth annual Boys & Girls Club’s “Day for Kids,” Sept. 12 in Oxnard. The mission of the club’s “Day for Kids” is to build stronger relationships between positive adults and kids by educating them on the importance of spending meaningful time together. The special annual event engages adults, families and youth via local community celebrations, special promotions, public awareness campaigns, educational resources and other opportunities to encourage positive, sustaining relationships. Boys & Girls Clubs of America envisions a nationally-recognized day for young people that will create an extraordinary platform for youth, and establish a lasting tradition to reinforce the need of all children for a positive and caring adult in their lives. To that end, they have deemed the second Saturday of September the official “Day for Kids.” The event is set for 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center, 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard.
Thanks to our generous sponsors including Oxnard Children’s Dental, Jersey Mike’s, and Dr. Lee, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s “Day for Kids” celebration is a great fun-filled, no-cost way for families and children to spend quality time together. The event will feature Sprinkles the Clown, a petting zoo, reptile and bird shows, arts & crafts, jumpers, a dunk tank, outdoor activities including jousting and sumo wrestling, entertainment, games and free face painting.

Live entertainment will be going on all day. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme “Day for Kids” public is invited to enjoy music from local musical acts, including a special surprise performance by a local celebrity singer. Live entertainment acts include: Topanga, Travis and Amanda Marsh, and Astral Aliens. Information about agencies in the community that provide services to local families will be available during the day. For information, please contact Tiffany Lopez at (805) 815-4959 ext 207
Kaiser Permanente is America’s leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, the program is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 164,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 14,000 physicians representing all specialties. The organization’s Labor Management Partnership is the largest health care partnership in the United States. It governs how more than 130,000 workers, managers, physicians and dentists work together to make Kaiser Permanente the best place to receive care, and the best place to work.
What originated in 1901 as a single hospital serving its neighbors, Community Memorial Hospital has today grown into an expansive healthcare system that touches the lives of individuals throughout Ventura County, California and beyond. Community Memorial Health System, established in 2005 when Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura merged with Ojai Valley Community Hospital, is comprised of these two hospitals along with nine family-practice health centers serving various communities within Ventura County.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme ( comprises 18 neighborhood-based facilities serving 7,200 youth annually through Club membership and community outreach. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach.

Day for Kids 2009 Stage Schedule


Luzonica Bird Presentation

12:15-1:00 pm

Alma de Mexico

1:00-1:30 pm

Dignitary Presentation

1:30-2:00 pm

2:00-2:30 pm

Amanda & Travis Marsh

2:30-3:15 pm

Astral Aliens

*Special Celebrity Guest*

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