The Whitestown UPS store owner, Don Barrett has selected the the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County to receive nearly $2,000 worth of books. The UPS store in Whitestown participates in the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. donations made to the store are utilized to support literacy in the community. 38 boxes of books were delivered to the Whitestown Unit and will be distributed throughout the county.
Since opening the Whitestown location three years ago, Don has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. We were so blessed by our customers and employees to raise enough money over the holidays to be able to direct our donation. As a long time Boone County resident and parent of former club participants we thought this was a logical choice. They do such great work in our community, says Barrett.
“Thank you to Don and the Whitestown UPS store for stepping up and supporting area youth through this program,” says Mark Branch, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County CEO. During the pandemic, the focus on reading and loss of knowledge has been a program focus for our members.”
About The UPS Store
With more than 4,400 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the world’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers throughout the United States. The UPS Store locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS. For additional information on The UPS Store, visit www.theupsstore.com.
Over 100 community members gathered to support the inaugural Denim & Diamonds event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. Friends mixed and mingled in their blinging denim enjoying delicious food from LA Café and handcrafted beer and drinks from Indy Brew Bus.
The Diamond Dig sponsored by Reis Nichols Jewelers provided a fun, interactive raffle for guests to dig in the sand for a flashing ring. At the conclusion of the program, Mica Wilson’s winning ring was drawn as the grand prize winner taking home a beautiful 18k gold bracelet with diamond accents and clasp.
In addition to the Diamond Dig, a silent auction included gift cards, trips, TY Hilton signed cleats, a signed Chris Stapleton guitar and many other fabulous items was held before and during the event. One Cause on-line bidding provided guests and friends unable to attend the event an opportunity to support the Club.
Boys & Girls Club of Boone County Board President, Adam Krupp states “The inaugural Denim & Diamonds was extremely successful shattering our goal to raise $50,000. The timing of the event with COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise and cases on the decline, guests were able to support the Club in a safe, fun environment. The attendees were excited to be participate in one of the first live post COVID-19 events.”
61% of the organization’s $1.69 million budget is raised from individual donors, special events, corporate sponsorship and grants. The inaugural event raised over $62,000. Half of the funds raised will be utilized for overall Club operations. The additional funds will assist in upgrading the transportation vehicles used to transport the members to and from school and on field trips. The cost for a used bus is over $40,000. The Club hopes to raise the additional funds needed through grants and individual donations. If you are interested in “Getting on the Bus” to replace one of the Club buses, donations are accepted on our website at www.bgcboone.org.
Sponsors for the inaugural event include Witham Health Services, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Eagle Automotive, State Bank of Lizton, Titus Bakery, Blooms by Dragonfly and Reis Nichols Jewelers.
We have a variety of options this summer for you kids. Please read below to learn more about what we’re offering.
Summer Day Camp
There are new themes, STEM, arts and safe field trips will be offered weekly. Attendance is open to all children ages 5-18, regardless of place of residence and offered at all three locations.
It is a 9 week program beginning on Tuesday June 1st and ending on Friday, July 30th. The camp is Monday-Friday 7am to 6 pm.
Summer Day Camps
Caring Hands Camp
June 7-11: Caring Hands Camp: Get Out, Give Back!
July 12-16: Caring Hands Camp: Get Out, Give Back!
A new summer experience has arrived at the Boys & Girls Club. Sign your child up for the new specialty camps to improve their social skills and development, all while having fun with their friends. Specialty camps will be based out of the Whitestown Unit.
June 14-18: Bike and Adventure Camp: Keep the Wheels Turning!
June 21-25: Sports Camp: Camp Like a Champion!
June 28 – July 2: Fine Arts Camp: Try Something New and Gogh to camp!
July 19-23: Travel Camp: Never Stop Exploring!
The goal for the Boys & Girls Club for 2021 is to raise over $60,000 to purchase a new bus and assist with transportation expenses.
Please consider making a donation today!
Video produced by our very own staff Ellie and her husband Jarryd.
Please join us in congratulating, Zoe Dolack as our 2020, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, Youth of the Year!
We are extremely proud of Zoe and fortunate to have her apart of our team as a Youth Development Professional at the very Club she grew up attending! Zoe will go on to compete in the state competition this April! 🏆⭐️🎉
We would also like to congratulate the following members:
- Lebanon Unit Junior Youth of the Year: Raylee Washburn
- Lebanon Unit Youth of the Year: Kaitlyn Griffin
- Whitestown Unit Junior Youth of the Year: Addley Sidell
- Whitestown Unit Youth of the Year: Sophie Collier
- Zionsville Unit Junior Youth of the Year: Genevieve Kiser
In lieu of making resolutions for the start of 2021, many people instead chose to select a single word that would keep their attention, something that would motivate and inspire them when things started to look a little bleak. Entering my fifth year on the board, evaluating where our organization fits in the overall landscape of Boone County, I encourage everyone to think about one word when you think about the Boys and Girls Club: community.
At the close of 2020, BGC Boone featured over 2,400 memberships, tracked donations from over 500 households, and continued to provide daily meals to those who needed us the most. We all faced our own personal challenges, but I was inspired by the work our staff performed on a daily basis throughout the year to make sure our children still had a place to laugh, learn, and play safely. We were not unlike other organizations that struggled to navigate 2020’s choppy waters; while our food program soared to all-time highs as we did our part to serve the community, our overall membership numbers predictably dropped. Through it all, our wonderful staff remained focused, committed, and dedicated to your children and our organization’s mission – to enable all area youth, especially those that need us the most, to develop the skills, fitness, and character they need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. As one example, did you know we have been hosting students as they perform remote learning? We have a team monitoring and encouraging focused participation and completion of all e-learning responsibilities while safely occupying our various facilities throughout Boone County. When it came to the added burdens placed on families via remote education, our organization answered the call and provided a solution for many. If you know anyone in Boone County still struggling to adapt to remote education due to the challenge of work schedules or environmental distractions, please encourage them to consider our services.
How were we able to persevere through 2020 when others were forced to cease operations? Though our community of support. We are proud to do our part for Boone County, but we never lose sight of the fact that we wouldn’t be able to do so without your support. You attend our events, you donate to our cause, and you trust us with your children. For all of that, and on behalf of the entire board and staff, we thank you. Our presence in the community is the epitome of partnership and it inspires us.
You will likely see more outreach and education in 2021 from our organization than ever before. If the past year taught organizations (regardless of location) anything, it’s the power of purpose and focusing on your mission and core values. Personally, I see a growth opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs in every community. Our children are craving social interaction, and as parents, we are focused on finding places where they can do that safely while being surrounded by positive influences. Here in Boone County, we want to meet those objectives for your family. Following strict COVID-19 related protocol, our staff are ready to serve, mentor, and lead.
Let’s remind each other why Boone County is our community of choice.
Board President, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County
During the holiday break, we will provide open gym to the community at our Whitestown Unit from December 21 – 23 and December 28-30
$5 per person, pay at the door.
Spots are limited so register in advance.
The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County and Buffalo Wild Wings® are partnering in October with a dine to donate program that benefits area youth sports. Through Oct. 31, 2020, a portion of diners’ proceeds will be donated to youth sports partners including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America ALL STARS program.
Buffalo Wild Wings in Zionsville (6537 Whitestown Parkway) and in Lebanon (2470 N. Lebanon St.) are participating in the program with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. A personal donation can be added to their guest check, and these donors will receive a coupon for a free Hatch Queso with a donation of $5 or more.
“Thank you to Buffalo Wild Wings for stepping up and supporting area youth through this program, our team strives to work with area youth so they can be their best. Every dollar donated at this time will help us support Boone County youth.”
Mark Branch, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County CEO
We’re on the move. We have merged all various pages. Starting today (October 1, 2020), please visit facebook.com/bgcboone for all club related posts.
Registration for the fourth annual ZGravy Chase on Thanksgiving Day 2020 is now open. This year’s event gives runners and walkers the choice to participate live starting on Main Street in Zionsville or virtual via a walk/run in their own neighborhood. Regardless of the choice, proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County.
“For many families, ZGravy Chase has become a Thanksgiving tradition, and we heard from these past participants that they want the event to continue this year,” said Rob Schien, BGC Boone County Board president. “For our Main Street walkers and runners, our planning team is working with Town officials and the county health department to ensure all safety protocols are in place. The new walk-in-your neighborhood virtual opportunity offers our supporters a great option to participate at a socially distanced comfort level.”
ZGravy Chase traditionally welcomes families from throughout central Indiana. Runners and walkers include parents with strollers, families with dogs, and participants ranging in age from infants to 87 years old. The goal for the 2020 race is to raise $145,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. Funds raised from this year’s event are more important than ever because the organization is projecting a 40% operations budget shortfall in 2020 due to current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
ZGravy Chase Details
- Race day is Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day).
- Registration is online at www.zgravychase.org.
- Cost to run/walk at the event in Zionsville on Main Street is $40 per person or $130 for a family of four. Limited to 1,000 participants.
- Cost to run/walk in your neighborhood virtually is $30 per person.
- Register by Sunday, Nov. 1 to be guaranteed a tee shirt with delivery by race day (always a participant favorite).
- Race packets will be available for pick up at the BGC Boone County Zionsville Unit on Wednesday Nov. 25 from noon to 6 p.m.
- Optional packet shipment requests can be made during online registration.
Main Street runners and walkers race will start at 8 a.m. with rolling start times to ensure social distancing. Racers will move through in the hole, on deck, and start corrals to ensure safe spacing and distancing. This process allows 300 participants properly spaced at one time for walk run/walk preparation and starts. Masks are required pre- and post-race. The event starting line will be located separate from the finish line. Currently 1,000 runner/walker registrations are allocated.
Virtual runners and walkers will walk where they live on Thanksgiving Day. Virtual racers are encouraged to wear their tee-shirt during the walk, welcome other virtual racers you see along your route, and take photos to share on social media. Virutal participants can log their times after the virtual walk or run at Race Joy.
Neighborhood Ambassador volunteers are invited to organize family, friends and neighbors to join together to walk/run a route as a small group on Thanksgiving Day. Contact Katie Reasoner to sign up your neighborhood or community. Neighborhood Ambassadors will assist in promoting the race route in their neighborhood or community and receive a complimentary race registration.
Community members who cannot join zGRAVY Chase but would like to support the organization are invited to support the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County by making a donation.