ThursdayNights held its summer gala and auction at the Viceroy in June. The event raised nearly $14,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. Here’s what Janis Morse, Director of Development for BGCSM, had to say about working with ThursdayNights.
The organization began working with BGCSM in 2010 when Jim Jonassen, a long-time ally of the Club, brought the two together. “He is one of the founders of our Tech Committee, which was established to extensively enhance our technology programs at our Club sites. This initiative has helped us become one of the Clubs with the most advanced technology programs in the Nation,” says Morse.
Tech execs and industry power players may not think about how big an impact their contributions make and take for granted their constant-connectivity. “Many of our Club members,” says Morse, “do not have access to technology at home, and the resources we provide help Club members learn about and use technology in school and in their lives.
Along with paying for current technology, donations also help more progressive and creative programs. Morse says the Club not only has an in-house computer repair center, but offers programs in LEGO Robotics, Claymation and sound production. Thanks to the support of organizations like ThursdayNights and the dedicated staff, Morse says, “we are consistently winners on the National level” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Digital Arts Festival.
Interested in getting involved beyond your pocketbook? Morse promises that the Club can find you a niche that maximizes your ability and its impact on Club members. “We have a specialist on our staff who specifically focuses on handling our volunteers,” says Morse. “In addition,” she says, “we welcome groups to follow Jim Jonassen’s model of inspiring their business contacts to rally together in support of our technology initiatives.”
Morse says the BGCSM still needs funding for technology centers at three of its newest sites: Mar Vista Gardens ($50,000 budget); and the 2 sites opening in the next couple of months (budgeted at $10,000 each), along with sustaining and ongoing refurbishment of our existing technology centers at all sites.
Auction winners now know they got more than their money’s worth and the BGCSM couldn’t be more grateful. Congratulations to a few of the top prize winners:
Randy Churchill won a two-player golf challenge at Shady Canyon Country Club in Laguna
Stefanie Narayan won an evening for six aboard a yacht in Newport Harbor
Josh Bashioum won two co-working memberships at ROC for 1 month
Nick Hulse won a two-player golf challenge at Ironwood country club in Palm Desert