Fund Raising Events
Throughout the year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo hold many programs and events, which often rely on the generosity of the community. If you would like to enrich one of the programs or events below, please contact Cathy Weirick, Director of Administration and Development, at 269-349-4485 x109
JOHN DALEY ONE-ONE RUN – January 1, 2016
More than 1200 Runners from all over southwest Michigan put on their winter hats and ran around Spring Valley Park on January 1,2015 raising $23,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo. This 2.2 mile annual fun run is a great way to start of each year with family and friends running and walking together for a great cause. Each year at Spring Valley Park in Kalamazoo you’ll hear and see happy people promoting healthy lifestyles. Come join the fun on January 1, 2016!
25th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING – May 16th, 2016
This year’s outing will be held at Gull Lake Country Club and Yarrow Golf Course.
Thank you to all of our Sponsors and Players for helping raise nearly $65,000 at this year’s 25th Annual Golf Outing. It is because of people like you, who are dedicated to helping the Club ensure that our community’s youth have a safe place to go after school and are surrounded by adults who care about them, that we are able to provide these much needed services.
TEAMING UP FOR KIDS DINNER – August 1st, 2015
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo has honored key partners and advocates who share the organization’s work to help young people in the community.
The awards were given at the inaugural “Teaming Up for Kids” banquet at which Western Michigan University Head Football Coach P.J. Fleck was the keynote speaker. About 275 people attended the event.
Award recipients were:
- New Genesis – Outstanding Youth Advocate
- Gazelle Sports – Outstanding Business Partner
- Kalamazoo Public Schools – Outstanding Community Partner
- The Glen and Gail Smith family – Bob Ezelle Award of Distinction
“Our partnership has never faltered.” said Boys & Girls Clubs president Chris Harris of Kalamazoo Public Schools. “Not when budgets have been tight for the schools. Not when times have been tough for us.” The partnership between KPS and the Boys and Girls Club started in 1968 when it was one of the first clubs in the nation to be built on public school property.
New Genesis mentors, teaches and offers social services to youth who attend their program. Working out of the Christian Life Center, the organization gives elementary and middle school children the tools they need to succeed through Failure Is Not An Option (FINAO). The Youth Advocate Award was presented to New Genesis’ Executive Director Pastor Earvin Armstrong.
Gazelle Sports has organized the annual One One Run benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs for three decades, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. “People understand that they are champions of youth. Each year they are front and center at events that celebrate good health,” said Harris. Chris Lampen-Crowell was awarded the Business Partner Award on behalf of Gazelle Sports.
The Smith family has been an integral part of Kalamazoo’s history and philanthropy. The late Gail and Glen Smith were mentors and friends of Bob Ezelle’s, Boys and Girls Club Chief Professional Officer. Gail Smith lived by her motto of “live modestly and give generously.” Meanwhile, Glen Smith was remembered for having an impeccable way of always putting people at ease and a knack for remembering people’s names. The family’s long-standing tradition of giving to the Kalamazoo community has been critical to the Boys & Girls Clubs success.
Special Events at Boys & Girls Clubs
Fall/Winter 2015 Schedule
September 8th | First day of fall programming for Lake St. Unit and Douglass Unit
September 14th | First day of fall programming for Northeastern Unit
September 24th | All Clubs Closed for Professional Development
September 26th | Be Fit Family Festival at Kalamazoo County Expo Center 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
October 3rd | Worth More than Gold Teen Girl Conference at Lake St. 11:30 am- 4:00 pm
October 22nd | All Clubs Closed for Professional Development
October 30th | All Clubs Closed for Fun Day Prep
October 31st | Fun Day at Lake St. 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
November 19th | All Clubs Closed for Professional Development
November 25th | Open 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
November 26th & 27th | All Clubs Closed
December 18th-23rd | Open 10:00 am- 6:00 pm Lunch Served at 12:00 pm
December 24th-26th | All Clubs Closed
December 28th-31st | Open 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Lunch Served at 12:00 pm
Please keep in mind schedules and special events are subject to change. Changes in schedules will be announced as soon as possible and posted on the front doors of each Unit. This includes snow days, parent/teachers conference days, and Winter Break. Club closings will be posted on Channel 3 News and Facebook pages.
NEW THIS YEAR: Douglass will be opening from noon to 6 pm when Kalamazoo Public Schools have half days for all grades, Lake street will be opening from 11 am to 5 pm on half days. Northeastern will always be CLOSED when Kalamazoo Public School buildings are CLOSED.