PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni and Supporters Join Together Aboard the Channel Cat in Santa Barbara

On Wednesday, July 15th – over 100 generous donors and Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni set sail
aboard the legendary Channel Cat in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The crew and guests set
sail at 6pm for a two hour ride aboard the 85-foot, 107 ton luxury sail boat. Among the
guests were Betty Stephens, Patricia Bragg, Chris & Catherine Lancashire, Russel Steiner,
Gary St. Denis, JB & Taffy Balch and Irene Henry. Alumni from each of our clubs and other
clubs also attended to join forces with Marc Gamberdella and form an Alumni Network in
Santa Barbara. Marc has been working with our retired CEO, Sal Rodriguez to reach out to
more alumni and establish a give back program to support today’s youth.
Our CEO, Michael Baker provided a brief update on the organization and announced the
launch of our “It Just Take One” Campaign to support three main goals this summer. Each
summer, 43 million youth in the U.S. experience summer learning loss. This affects three
out of four of our members. In addition, five out of six youth do not have access to food in
the summer. The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County are reaching more
youth daily through our outreach program and providing every member with healthy
meals and educational activities to prevent summer learning loss.
To date, we have raised over $205,000.00 in support of our “It Just Takes One” campaign.
We are hoping to reach our goal of $350,000.00 by September 15th 2015. To donate, visit
our website
Thank you to our corporate sponsor, Union Bank for attending and sponsoring the food at
the event. A very special thank you to Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy, LLP. and the Channel
Cat Charters.
About the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County has served the youth for over
75 years. Since January 1st 2015, we have served over 70, 793 meals. Our members have
made over 73,160 cumulative visits and participated in over 577,500 cumulative hours of
homework assistance. Our Clubs provide programs that center around the Five Core
Areas of a child’s development: Character & Leadership Development, The Arts, Health &
Life Skills, Education & Career Development; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. For more
information, please contact our administrative office at 805-681-1315.


Michael Baker
Chief Executive Officer, United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

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