Boys and Girls Club laughs to the bank
By Melinda Righi
Special to the Sun-Gazette
exeter – The 10th annual Comix 4 Kidz held April 1 in Tulare made two things very clear to everyone who attended the comedy show that benefited the Tulare Boys & Girls Club: Tulare has a heart for kids, and they know how to have fun!
The comedy show, featuring Tulare’s own Johnny Sanchez, broke fundraising records by netting more than $60,000, all to ensure that kids have a fun, safe and educational after-school environment to enjoy. Nearly 300 eager supporters filled the TDES Hall in Tulare to support the youth of Tulare, and they had a great time doing it.
“Johnny was hilarious, he totally rocked the house,” said Chairperson Dr. Marie Pinto, and a big fan of Sanchez. “It was great to have a local guy come to give back to his community. Our committee did a great job and everyone had a great time.”
The money raised at Saturday’s event helps cover the cost for children to attend the club. This year’s effort will cover the cost of 150 children, ensuring that these kids continue to enjoy the club and everything it offers kids in the way of academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.
The evening sometimes silly, sometimes hammy and always funny was still a serious opportunity for the community to raise money through the live and silent auction bidding and the fabulous dinner catered by Fugazzis. In addition, supporters got to hear from one club member Luz Rincon about the difference the Tulare Boys & Girls Club has made in her life.
“I am so proud of our community, and how we come together to support the youth of Tulare,” Pinto said. “We raised more than $60,000 and I could not be happier!”
Pinto said that over the 10-year life of Comix 4 Kidz, close to $500,000 has been raised for the kids, which equates to helping more than 1,200 children enjoy the benefits of the club.
“That’s 1,200 children that we have impacted their lives, and ensured that they have a safe place to learn, play and just be a kid,” she said.
Major sponsor this year was Will Tiesiera Ford in Tulare. Other sponsors included: Altura Centers for Health, Bank of the Sierra, Daro Commodities, Educational Employees Credit Union, Family HealthCare Network, Faria Land & Cattle Company, Horswill Mederos Soares & Ormonde, J.D. Heiskell & Co., Land O’Lakes, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias currently serves youth in the communities of Visalia, Tulare, Ivanhoe, Farmersville, Exeter, Porterville and Strathmore. The mission of the organization is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club serves over 3,500 youth yearly throughout Tulare County providing them with meaningful mentoring with caring staff and participation in life changing programs. If you would like to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club, become a volunteer, or donate to support the Club visit www.bgcsequoias.org.