Boys and Girls club members entertain at 20th Anniversary celebration.
There was steak, crab, and delicious barbeque beef, there were senators, legislators, mayors, kids and clowns all enjoying carnival games, putt-putt golf, and radio controlled racing cars. It was the annual auction and fund raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs on the Kenai Peninsula and the turn out was the greatest ever according to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula president Peter Micciche, “We geared our 20 year milestone around the adults having fun, we created a carnival theme with games of chance and folks won some great prizes while supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs like they have been faithful in doing through the years,” said Micciche.
Tesoro Alaska was the major sponsor for the event with Udelhoven Oilfield System Services sponsoring the food for the evening which was deliciously prepared by officials from ConocoPhillips. “We had more people attend, raised more scholarships for kids and money for programs and had more fun then any other event in our history,” added Micciche. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula executive director Brenda Ahlberg agreed, “Watching Sen. Murkowski win a growler of beer at the ring toss was a hoot! And with the Navarre family challenge we raised $5,000 to invest in the Boys & Girls Club endowment. I think we’ve found a new theme for our annual auction and we’ll probably be sticking with it,” said Ahlberg.
Adults play the games at Boys and Girls club fun night and auction.
Members of the Boys & Girls Club dance troop amazed and entertained the adults with break dance routines that included hand stands. Kenai Golf Course owner Gordon Griffin custom built a putt-putt golf course especially for the evening and in a dramatic putt-off between Tim Navarre and Bill Popp, putting pro Popp proved to be the new course champion.
“The last 20 years have shown us what a terrific investment Boys & Girls clubs on the Peninsula are for our future. Our first club served about 40 kids with after school activities, by the next year enrollment increased to over 400 and we had to grow. Today we are seven sites strong and serve over 4,500 kids Peninsula wide. But none of that growth would have been possible without the countless army of volunteers, sponsors, and dedicated staff members. We appreciate each one of them from the corporate and local business sponsors, to every individual that has ever bought a raffle ticket or contributed in some way to the Boys & Girls clubs. It’s been a great 20 years and with the continued support of this community the next 20 will be even better,” added Micciche. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula go to www.positiveplaceforkids.com or call 283-2682.
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