Learning from a Legend!

7.16.14 WNBA Fit Clinic with Sue Wicks7.16.14 WNBA Fit Clinic with Sue Wicks

As a dedicated member of the Boys & Girls Club movement, I am deeply committed to the importance of healthy lifestyles for all our young people. That’s why it’s particularly gratifying when our Clubhouse is able to host an activity for our kids that puts that core belief into action in a new and exciting way.

Last Wednesday was simply amazing – 75 BGCN members enjoyed an incredible opportunity as WNBA Legend Sue Wicks came to the Clubhouse to lead a basketball clinic. The former New York Liberty star teamed up with hosts Coca-Cola and the WNBA for a morning of conditioning drills that had our kids running, jumping, shooting and smiling non-stop. Wicks and WNBA Fit Clinician Frank Lopez also spoke to our Club members about the importance of good nutrition, exercise, team work, sportsmanship and focus – an all-around inspiring morning of BGCN core values in action!

Paul Sciré

CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Newark

BGCN Kids Experience Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony

BGCN kids at Special OlympicsOn Sunday, June 15, BGCN members were able to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. It was wonderful! Our members and four of our parents greeted the athletes as they entered the Prudential Center where the event took place. Sunday was also Father’s Day, and one of our member’s spent the day with his Dad at the event.  Our kids had so much fun cheering the athletes and giving them HIGH FIVES. One of the athletes took a pin off his jacket and gave it to one of our children, and another competitor gave another Club member a baseball card with his picture on it. After greeting the athletes outside, we went inside for the spectacular opening ceremony. We had incredible seats, right across from the athletes. It was a GREAT day of giving back and serving as ambassadors of our Club and our community. Our members had the amazing opportunity to see that no matter what challenges a person might face, nothing is impossible if you DREAM BIG.

– Cynthia Banks, Vice President of Operations

Trump Invitational for Newark’s Kids

Trump International LogoJoin us on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Trump National Golf Club for the 29th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit BGCN and LifeCamp

Highlights of the Event:

  • Opportunity to play with a top metropolitan area amateur (Each foursome to include a top amateur)
  • Opportunity to play Trump National’s Old Course
  • Course has been selected as the site of the 2022 PGA Championship
  • Participating amateurs will receive points toward their state ranking
  • Amateur winner to receive Trump Invitational Trophy
  • Winning team to receive the BGCN/LifeCamp Cup for Newark’s Kids

Agenda:

10:30 a.m.                                     Registration

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.                Buffet Lunch (In the Clubhouse)

1:00 p.m.                                      Shotgun Tee-Off (Old Course)

6:00 p.m.                                       Awards Presentation and Reception (On the Patio)

Format

Net and Gross Best Ball of Foursome (Including metropolitan-ranked amateur)

All-Inclusive Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsorship levels below include: Golf carts, lunch, halfway house, Monday evening reception, awards ceremony and foursome photos.

$25,000 Hall of Fame

  • 2 Foursomes 2 groups of 3 golfers each to play with top metropolitan area amateur
  • Corporate sponsor logo on tee box — hole sponsor
  • Acknowledgement at the Monday reception
  • Golfer gift bags
  • Full Page in program
  • Acknowledgement on BGCN and LifeCamp websites
  • Listing in printed program
  • Listing on sponsor board

$10,000 Conference Champion

  • 1 Foursome 3 golfers, paired with a top metropolitan area amateur
  • Corporate sponsor logo on tee box — hole sponsor
  • Acknowledgement on BGCN and LifeCamp websites
  • Listing in printed program
  • Listing on sponsor board
  • Golfer gift bags

$5,000 Division Champion

  • 1 Foursome3 golfers, paired with a top metropolitan area amateur
  • Acknowledgement on BGCN and LifeCamp websites
  • Listing in printed program
  • Listing on sponsor board
  • Golfer gift bags

Sponsorship-Only Options (Golf Foursomes Not Included)

All Sponsorship levels below include: listing on sponsor board, listing in program and acknowledgement on BGCN and LifeCamp websites. All sponsorship opportunities below also offer signage at the location or on the hole, unless otherwise specified.

  • $10,000 Golf Cart Sponsor – Prominent placement of logo or company name on all golf carts at the tournament
  • $10,000 Forecaddy Sponsor – Caddy bibs with company logo on all forecaddies
  • $10,000 Brunch Sponsor
  • $5,000 Beverage Cart Sponsor
  • $5,000 Halfway House Sponsor
  • $2,500 Longest Drive Sponsor
  •  $2,500 Straightest Drive Sponsor
  • $2,500 Closest to the Pin Sponsor
  • $2,500 Practice Range Sponsor
  • $2,500 Putting Contest Sponsor

For online registration and payment, please indicate your desired sponsorship level in the Comments Box.

For further information regarding the Trump Invitational for Newark’s Kids, including registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact event headquarters at 908.781.8418 or golfbgcnlifecamp@omealia.com.

 

Evening of the Stars 2014

On Thursday, April 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark celebrated our 26th annual Evening of the Stars.

Newly Renovated Clubhouse Continues to be a Refuge

Sadly, we were reminded of Newark’s shocking gun violence, when on March 3rd, three people, including one innocent bystander, were killed in two separate incidents. These murders occurred within one mile of our Clubhouse on Avon Avenue, on the very same streets that children travel to reach our doorstep.

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark does so many wonderful things for young people.  We provide academic enrichment so that children can get good grades and attain on-time grade advancement.  We encourage kids to lead healthy lifestyles.  We help build good character and citizenship among our Club members. But, BGCN also does something very fundamental. We keep Newark’s kids safe!

BGCN takes great pride in effectively steering young people in Newark from harm’s way.  Our newly renovated Clubhouse is a refuge. Inside our building are caring adults – youth development specialists – who work with children and their families to achieve positive outcomes.

While we hope that gun violence in our city will soon abate, BGCN remains an oasis; a positive place. If all we ever do is help keep Newark’s children safe, we will be making a significant contribution in one of the most troubled communities in our nation.

Paul Sciré
CEO Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

On Monday, January 27, 2014, Governor Chris Christie, Commissioner of Football Roger Goodell, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. (President of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee,) Woody Johnson (Co-Chairman, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee) and Jonathan Tisch (Co-Chairman, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee) held a press conference at our newly renovated Clubhouse. The afternoon’s celebration, attended by many of the corporate and community partners who helped fund our new state-of-the-art facility, marked the first public appearance by the NFL Commissioner during Super Bowl week.

Video URL: http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid1950981419001?bclid=0&bctid=3114761294001

26th Annual Evening of the Stars

26th Annual Evening of the StarsCome celebrate our game-changing year!

Save the Date for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Panasonic Corporation of North America, Newark, NJ

Honoring this year’s Most Valuable BGCN Players

  • Al Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee
  • Ralph LaRossa, President and Chief Operating Officer of PSE&G
  • Sharon Taylor, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Chair of The Prudential Foundation
  • Former NFL Player Brandon Moore and Regina Moore, BGCN Trustees

Super Bowl XLVIII Scores a Touchdown for BGCN

Touchdown-girlsThe NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation, charitable arm of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, will leave a significant and lasting legacy of the Big Game throughout our state. And they’ve chosen Boys and Girls Club of Newark as one of their primary recipients! Moreover, the group’s generosity has proven a catalyst for BGCN giving, prompting other prominent Newark organizations to follow suit.

Spurred on by the generosity of the Super Bowl Host Committee, Prudential has chosen BGCN for a $665,000 grant for a major upgrade of our Clubhouse, including a complete overhaul of our gym. PSE&G, also quick to step up to the charge, is giving $250,000 to renovate the BGCN pool. The Horizon Foundation has committed $150,000 to underwrite a dance and fitness studio, a visual arts room and garden expansion as well as to help underwrite a brand new instructional kitchen. These gifts, as well as a grant from Robert Wood Johnson, represent the type of community legacy the Big Game organizers are hoping to establish.

With the thrill of Super Bowl XLVIII coming to town and so many improvements underway at the Clubhouse, it’s an exciting time to support BGCN. Feel free to stop by and see the groundbreaking work being done on behalf of Newark’s kids. To arrange a Clubhouse visit, contact Connie Leonard, VP, Resource Development at 973.242.1200 or cleonard@bgcn.org.

BGCN Giving City’s Kids Another Reason to Smile

Dental Center officeOn September 25, 2013, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the BGCN Children’s Dental Center, a free pediatric dental clinic housed in the Central Ward Clubhouse.

The facility is opening its doors to all BGCN members, offering a full range of dental services that include oral health screenings, dental fillings, x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments and simple extractions. Initial plans call for office hours 2 times a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the ultimate goal is to provide free, full-time dental care, allowing for up to 2000 visits per year for Newark’s most vulnerable youth.

BGCN Trustee and general dentist Dr. Michael Gruber provided the driving force behind the bold initiative. Gruber reached out to colleagues in the profession (including Dr. Lisa Sobel, wife of fellow BGCN Board member Jason Sobel) and soon he had a volunteer roster of 23 leading dentists, hygienists and assistants, as well as donated supplies and equipment needed to establish the clinic. Generous support from individual donors as well as foundation grants from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Delta Dental, Healthy Smiles and MCJ/Amelior generated necessary funds for construction and year one of service. A proposed partnership with UMDNJ’s Community Service Outreach program promises to expand the pool of qualified volunteers.

Paul Sciré, BGCN’s CEO, is confident that the clear benefits of free and accessible pediatric dental care will mark the BGCN Children’s Dental Center as a game-changer in the community. Not only is tooth decay the most prevalent chronic disease facing Newark’s poorest children, it is a proven gateway to more serious illness, and a serious impediment to academic achievement.

“The Children’s Dental Center perfectly exemplifies Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark’s commitment to serving the whole child, “says Sciré. “Healthy teeth are critical to healthy living, which makes this free dental center a natural extension of our mission to help Newark’s kids reach their full potential.”