The top honorees of the evening were: Jack Stanko of Champion Chevrolet, who received the Distinguished Service Award, and Felix Cox and Katie Harrison, who got the nod for the the Youth of the-Year Awards.
Stanko’s award was presented to him by Washoe District Attorney Dick Gammick. In his presentation, Gammick cited his (Stanko’s) enormous contributions to the club. A short video preceded the award with members of Stanko’s family and co-workers commenting about his dedication and community spirit.
For their part of the program, the youth that were honored, Cox and Harrison, gave gut-wrenching stories of their troubled existences before finding a “home” at the Boys and Girls Club.
The energetic Emcee of the evening was retired Assistant Police Chief Ondra Berry, himself a Boys and Girls Club alumnus.
The evening started off with a welcome from the Board President Dominic Brunetti and was followed by a soulful rendition of the National Anthem by club member Brendon Nforbi. Setting the mood for the evening, which was a Wizard of Oz theme, was a performance by several of the younger members of the club. The “Wizard” motif began at the entrance to the room by following The Yellow Brick Road to your table. Also in the four corners of the spacious area, a streaming of the original film ran for the first hour or so.
CPO of the club Mike Wurm thanked everyone for attending and cited the remarkable progress that has been made over the past year. Emcee Berry then introduced Rick and Ro Reviglio, who announced the award of the inaugural Jack Reviglio Scholarship. The late Jack Reviglio was one of the founding members of the Boys and Girls Club and was a well-known philanthropist and community activist during his time. The initial scholarship winner was a Miss Stephanie Serrano.
One of the major announcements made during the evening was that an exciting new chapter is opening for the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. It concerned the fact that the previous site of the Reno YMCA on Foster Drive had been donated by the City of Reno as a site for a new club facility, which is scheduled to open by Spring of 2014. Emcee Berry paid tribute to retiring City Councilman Dan Gustin, who was in attendance, for spearheading the civic effort along with Reno Mayor Bob Cashell. The new facility will be some 47,000 square feet and will increase the number of youths the club can serve by more than 25 percent. The projected new clubhouse began with the generosity of the William N. Pennington Foundation, which committed $9 million toward the building with a $3.5 million match requirement.
If you have questions or would like to discuss this project, please contact Chief Professional Officer Mike Wurm at (775) 331-5437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.