The Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac summer program was started almost a decade ago and has been funded by federal grant dollars. We estimate that our summer program has served over 3,000 Fond du Lac County children between the ages of 6-18 during those ten years. 2011 was the last summer that we could receive federal funding to support our summer program. We no longer have access to those federal grant funds that supported the program in the past. Our solution for sustainability has been to slightly increase the fees that families pay for the program so that those who can afford to help cover the cost of the programs can do so through the fee they pay, and at the same time we will continue to provide financial assistance through the Sadoff & Rudoy Summer Scholarship Fund for families in financial distress.
Our mission is to serve ALL kids, especially those who need us most, and creating a fee structure that would completely offset the cost of summer programs would be prohibitive to the vast majority of the children that we serve. A $40,000 gap exists between the real cost of providing our programs and the fees that we collect. The Annual Reach for the Stars event is part of our solution to eliminate that gap. For more information on the summer program, check out the Summer Program information page. For more information about how to get involved in this amazing event, please visit contact Tiffany Heim at 920-924-0530 ext. 352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Annual Reach for the Stars Dinner and Auction Results
The 7th Annual Reach for the Stars Dinner and Auction was truly an exceptional, one-of-a-kind evening for the organization’s donors and supporters. The event is held each February to benefit the Boys & Girls Club’s summer programs provided to youth in the Fond du Lac community. Presented by Grande Cheese and hosted by Marian University, Reach for the Stars included wonderful hors d'oeuvres, a classy dinner, exciting auction packages, a special video presentation (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIP DUB VIDEO), high energy entertainment and a moving speech from the Boys & Girls Club’s 2015 Youth of the Year, Amari McGowan. As she spoke about her experiences, she often referenced “her Club”, making it clear to the crowd that the organization is not just a place to go after school or during the summer. For many youth, it is like a second home, where they feel safe, accepted and supported no matter where they come from or what their circumstances may be.
Over 190 people attended the dinner, and were treated to a special program highlighting the achievements of the Club. Coupled with numerous sponsorships from local businesses, the Reach for the Stars event raised over $65,000 in support of summer programs. This event marked the largest single fundraising event in the history of the organization. Of the outpouring of support, Dan Hebel, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac stated, “Each year we are reminded of the generosity and caring that exists in Fond du Lac. The community is invested in our mission and the future is bright for our more than 1,200 members.”
To round out the evening, nationally renowned magician Daniel Martin stunned the crowd with his award-winning talents, leaving everyone laughing hysterically and in awe. Of the entertainment, Tiffany Heim, Director of Resource Development for the Boys & Girls Club, said, “Daniel was great to work with and put on an amazing show for our event. He performs all over the country, and it’s obvious why he is so incredibly successful. We were absolutely thrilled to have him!”
Reach for the Stars was presented by Grande Cheese and the success of the event would not have been possible without all participating sponsors: Baker Cheese, Fox Valley Savings Bank, Agnesian Healthcare, Mid-States Aluminum, Sunny 97-7, Consultants Laboratory, Badger Liquor, CD Smith Construction, BCI Burke, Holiday Automotive, Thrivent Financial, Marian University, JF Ahern, Twohig Flooring America and Schenck SC. Their continued support allows for the event to evolve and improve each and every year. Board Vice President Sue Edminster of Agnesian Healthcare said, “Reach for the Stars showcased the Club’s commitment to the kids in our community. What a wonderful event with brilliant, well thought out touches.”
Click the video below to see the Lip Dub Video!
Congratulations to the Victors of the 2014 SPELL for Great Futures event!
1st Place - Dr. Karen Meyer, Kaitlyn Ziegler & Nathan Ziegler
2nd Place - Mary Sue Land, Keeton Schmidt & Terriana Lefeber
3rd Place - Chief Bill Lamb, Jamiere Hubbard-Kennedy & Tori Schmidt
Our Club currently serves nearly 1,200 children in the Fond du Lac community. We provide a safe, caring environment for children to learn, grow and reach their potential through our academic programs. Our overall goal, provided in strong partnership with the Fond du Lac School District, is to help our members find success in the following areas:
- Grade Progression
- School Attendance
- Reading and Math Proficiency
- Summer Learning Loss
- Expectations of Success