“Our Annual Awards Ceremony is an important and fun event for our kids. Recognizing our members in a public way helps build their self-esteem and motivates other children to a higher level of performance and excellence,” says Carolyn Brown, Executive Director.
Of particular importance at the ceremony is the Youth of the Year award. Every year, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara participates in a premier youth recognition program for Club members ages 14-18. This program promotes and celebrates Club members’ services to Club, community and family; academic performance; spiritual values; life goals and poise and public speaking ability.
This year’s Youth of the Year goes to Matt Wagonhurst, a senior at Santa Barbara High School, founder of Santa Barbara Sports Drive, a drive to get athletic equipment to kids that have a need for sports equipment. The Sports Drive serves more than 300 hundred kids at the Boys and Girls Club of S.B. Matt saw a need in the community and stepped forward in an effort to fill that need.
The following is a list of all award recipients:
Volunteer of the Year, Rebecca Russell
Board Member of the Year, Anthony Gomez
Bull Dog Award, David Edelman
Donny Yee Hot Rod Award, Tim (I Gotta Guy) Gallagher
Coach of the Year, Richard DeSales
Youth of the Year-Programs, Maria Vallecillo
Youth of the Year-Athletics, Noah Burke
Youth Volunteer of the Year, Diego Tapia
Staff of the Year, Vickie Prezelin
Outstanding Business Partner, Decker’s Outdoor
Volunteers that received United States Presidential Awards for volunteer service:
Anthony Jimenez Coach 150 hours
Kenny Mendoza Coach 150 hours
Richard Desales Coach 150 hours
Jaime Desales Coach 150 hours
Michael McLaughlin Coach/Misc 300 hours
Moki Nacario Coach 150 hours
Tracy Beard Events 137 hours
David Beard Events 137 hours
Noah Burke Teen Volunteer 200 hours
Antonio Bautista Teen Volunteer 200 hours
Rebecca Russell Art Room 125 hours
Darice Lee Art Room 160 hours
Jennifer Garcia Youth Volunteer 280 hours
Matt Wagonhurst Youth/Sports Drive 300 hours plus
The Club’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club’s programs include career & leadership development, fine arts, sports, recreation & fitness, education & career development, and health & life skills.