2014 Annual Dinner
2013 Thomas E. Griffin Meritorious Service Award – Mindy L. Karakula
For many years the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke has recognized an individual who has gone above and beyond in an effort to support our club and its mission. This year’s Thomas E. Griffin Meritorious Service award goes to the Mindy Karakula. Mindy has served on our Board of Directors for over 20 years and served on several standing committees having also functioned as Chair of the Board from 2011-2013. Mindy has proven over and over again that she is personally invested in the community and committed to helping youth in our community achieve academic success, live healthy lives and develop into future leaders.
Mindy is a loyal and tireless supporter of the organization and through her service, has contributed to great success for HBGC over the last 20 years. We are thrilled to honor her and look forward to her continued support.
2013 Community Partnership Award – Holyoke Police Department, Chief James Neiswanger
The Community Partnership Award is an annual award presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates exemplary partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke. This year’s award is presented to the Holyoke Police Department. The Holyoke Police Department and the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club have built on each other’s strengths to significantly impact the lives of young people in Holyoke. Through our long-standing partnership with the Shannon Community Safety Initiative or our new partnership with the Safe & Successful Youth Initiative and the renewal of the Police Athletic League, the Holyoke Police Dept. has been providing resources and services to our young people empowering them to become productive, contributing citizens of our community.
Chief James Neiswanger’s innovative theories and practices with regards to public safety have resulted in the successful community policing efforts that help to decrease youth violence and provide increased opportunities for Holyoke youth to participate in meaningful positive experiences.
2013 President’s Award – Leon Davis, Sr.
For over the 57 years, Leon Davis has demonstrated true service and friendship to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke. Leon joined the club as a member in 1957 at the age of 5. By the time Leon was 10 years old he was washing dishes at Camp Hawley and became a counselor in training soon after that. Leon remained active in the club through his teenage years eventually working up to Camp Director for the Hawley Summer Camp. For 14 years, Leon drove the bus that took our youth members to Camp Hawley. Leon also actively participated in both our boxing and basketball programs, becoming an integral part of our Golden gloves program for over 14 years. There is no doubt that Leon Davis is part of the club’s history. His involvement has not only benefited the organization but more importantly impacted thousand
s of youth in his career with the club. Leon Davis is incredibly generous with his time and talents and we’re truly lucky that he has chosen to serve HBGC. The entire staff and HBGC family is proud of his contributions to enriching the lives of the youth.
2014 Youth of the Year – Sonya Rivera
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke is honored to announce the winner of its 2014 Youth of the Year award – Sonya Rivera. The prestigious award is HBGC’s highest honor, recognizing teens from the Club who work hard, invest in themselves and their communities and have their sights set on achieving a GREAT FUTURE. Sonya has been a member of the Club for 11 years giving her time, energy and creativity to her fellow members and her community.
Like many of her Boys & Girls Club peers, Sonya dreams big. Upon graduating from high school, she plans to go to college with the ultimate goal of becoming a paramedic. Sonya Rivera is a shining example to her peers with her sound character, leadership skills and eagerness to give back. As Youth of the Year, Sonya will represent The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke as Youth of the Year at the statewide competition in the spring.
Holyoke, September 2013 – The Gap located at the Holyoke Mall provided free school supplies for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke as part of their “Supplies for School kids” initiative.
Customers shopping at The Gap from August 1 – August 4th were invited to donate school supplies or cash contributions and received a 20% off coupon. A total of $570 cash was received and several boxes of school supplies.
“We are grateful to The Gap for helping the children we serve start the school year on a ‘level playing field’ with their peers,” said Eileen D. Cavanaugh, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke. “The school supplies from The Gap will provide an important academic incentive to our members.”
“These are tough times for public schools and for many families in this area,” said Judy Gould, general manager of the Gap store at the Holyoke Mall.
“Our goal is to be sure every child gets the supplies they need and to minimize the amount of out-of-pocket teachers spend for school supplies.”
Gap Inc. is a corporate sponsor of Boys & Girls Club of America and has been instrumental in developing and supporting academic success programming. Over the past 12 years, Boys & Girls Club members have benefited from the resources provided by Gap Inc and their branded store teams: Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Factory stores.
July 31st through August 3rd, when you come to the Gap at the Holyoke Mall and donate school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, you will receive 25% off your full priced purchase at the Gap!!
Some examples of supplies needed include:
• Lined Paper
• Construction Paper
Offer valid from 7/31/2013 through 8/3/2013 at the Gap at the Holyoke Mall only. Not valid at Gap Outlet, Gap Factory Store, The Gap Generation or online. Discount applies to regular price merchandise only, not to GiftCards. Not valid on JunkFood and Charmlt®. Coupon is good for one time use and must be surrendered at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per customer per transaction. Not responsible for lost or stolen coupons. Offer can be combined with Rewards Cards, but excludes Gap Inc. employee discount and all other offers and discounts. Price adjustments allowed only once within 7 days of previous purchase. Cashiers Use Discount Code: 25REG
Staples for Students Social Media Messaging
• Help kids be prepared 4 school! Visit @staples stores & donate $1 or more with 100% benefiting our local Club youth! http://bit.ly/ltxgIM
• Thanks 2 @staples & the community 4 helping Club members get the tools they need 2 succeed. Join the effort at your local Staples store.
• Join @staples, @BGCA_Clubs & @JakeTAustin in helping our Club members with supplies just in time for back to school. http://bit.ly/ltxgIM
Relevant Twitter Handles
Jake T. Austin: @JakeTAustin
Boys & Girls Clubs of America: @BGCA_Clubs
Sample Facebook Posts
• The 6th Annual Staples for Students Supply Drive is collecting donations for school supplies for our Club youth. Help support our Club members by visiting a local Staples store to donate! Visit www.staplesforstudents.org for info.
• The new school year is right around the corner and the Staples for Students Supply Drive is collecting donations for our Boys & Girls Club youth in need. Join the effort by donating at your local Staples store or visit www.staplesforstudents.org to see how you can get involved.
Relevant Facebook pages
Staples Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/staples
Staples for Students Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/staplesforstudents
Jake T. Austin Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JakeTAustin
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs
HOLYOKE - Each year Westfield Bank awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior in each of its communities. This year the winner from its Holyoke locations was Kristina O’Neil, who will be attending Emmanuel College in the fall. Pictured is Sheryl Fleming, Westfield Branch Manager, awarding and O’Neil.
HOLYOKE - Westfield Bank presented a check to the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club from its 160th Anniversary Charitable Raffle for $1,000 .
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