For Immediate Release
Jory Fitzgerald Kelly, Director of Development
574.259.5666 x 306
Who’s the Greatest Big Kid in Town?
& Girls Club team with adult mentors through Youth of the Year process
2011, South Bend – The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of
St. Joseph County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those
who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible
and caring citizens.
the Boys & Girls Clubs of America reaffirms this mission by celebrating
exemplary youth in Clubs across the nation with the Youth of the Year
program. The Youth of the Year journey
begins locally when youth, nominated by Club staff and peers, accept the
challenge to rise above their circumstances and make positive changes in their
lives, Club, and community.
This year the Boys & Girls Clubs of St.
Joseph County are pairing these exceptional teens with adult mentors or GREAT
BIG KIDS who will share in the Youth of the Year journey. Created as a way to foster positive
relationships between adults and teens and create advocates for the Club, GREAT
BIG KIDS is an opportunity we are truly excited about.
This new initiative will allow our
community’s GREAT BIG KIDS to support the Boys & Girls Club in two ways: as
a mentor to a youth member and as an advocate for the Club. Youth of The Year will be awarded by a panel
of judges based on candidates promoting service to Club, community and family;
academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public
speaking ability. The Greatest Big Kid
in Town award will go to the mentor who raises the most money in support of
Club programming. Both will be awarded
in an event on April 15, 2011. The Youth
of the Year Candidate will go on to represent their Club at a regional
competition, and then National.
Great Big Kid candidates will begin
fundraising on February 25th, using personal webpages and other social media
applications such as twitter and Facebook.
Their pages can be found at GreatBigKid.org.
Great Big Kid candidates:
Craig Horvath, University of Notre Dame: Formerly a major Gifts Officer at Holy Cross
College, Craig recently took on a new challenge at the University of Notre Dame
Reunion office. In his spare time, he
coaches in the Junior Irish Travel Soccer program, is a board member of the
Downtown South Bend Rotary Club, is an active member of C.A.S.E. (Council for
Advancement and Support of Education), is a board member of A.F.P. (Association
of Fundraising Professionals), is on the Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka class
of 36, is a Dream Team mentor for the SBCSC (South Bend Community School
Corporation), is on the Crime Stoppers ad-hoc Committee and is a member of the
Notre Dame St. Joseph Valley Alumni Club.
In short, Craig has made a commitment to teaching our youth. With a zest for life and education, Craig is
sure to be a wonderful mentor.
Aaron Perri, Legends of Notre Dame: Amongst
Aaron’s many talents; his commitment to service of his community shines above
all. As a volunteer for Center for the
Homeless and On The River Fest (which he co-founded) and Boys & Girls
Clubs, Aaron knows that making a strong community begins with making strong
kids. His passion for community and
family will be a great asset to the child he mentors.
Rick Rice, Teachers Credit Union: Soon to be retiring as President and CEO of
Teachers Credit Union, Rick knows all about hard work. Under his leadership, TCU became the largest
credit union in Indiana and the 51st largest in the nation. Setting goals and achieving them is one of
Rick’s greatest skills, and something he can pass on to members of the Club.
Tricia Sloma, WNDU: Watching Tricia on WNDU morning news is more
effective than a cup of coffee; her enthusiasm is infectious. One-on-one she is as sweet as she is
bright. With two children of her own,
Tricia knows the struggles any family shares in raising kids and how important
the Club can be to the life of a child.
As a board member for the Public Education Foundation she knows that
schools can only provide so much, and that afterschool programs enhance what is
taught during the day. Tricia’s quick
wit and power in front of a crowd or camera will lead our youth to create a
strong public face.
Manette Tepe, Holladay Properties: Manette is a dynamic powerhouse. Serving on several community boards, her job
as Senior Vice President for Development creates the infrastructure upon which
our community builds its wealth.
Manette’s poise and commitment to family will easily be shared with her
Youth of the Year candidate.
Perry Watson, III, Lexus of Mishawaka: As owner of a local dealership, Perry knows
the value of a dollar. He believes in giving our youth financial education now
so they can be responsible adults later.
He is a strong advocate for educating and mentoring young people. He has
served as a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club of America, Jack and Jill America
and the Urban League of South Bend and St. Joseph County, for which he wrote
and taught a youth workshop. His Youth
of the Year Candidate will benefit from Perry’s strong moral character and
commitment to youth in our community.
Tickets and sponsorships are
still available for the April 15 event at 6:00 pm at Gillespie Conference
Center. Please contact Ashley Farrell
at (574) 259-5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Boys
& Girls Clubs, an affiliate of Family & Children’s Center or to
schedule an interview with a Great Big Kid, contact Jory Fitzgerald Kelly at
(574) 259-5666, ext. 306, or via email at email@example.com.
Some Boys & Girls
Clubs of St. Joseph County programs are funded, in part, by United Way of St.