I am writing to you on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress to request your support as a sponsor for our 28th Annual Benefit Gala and Auction to be held October 23, 2021 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.
This year’s Masquerade Gala will raise money to provide free and low-cost summer and afterschool program activities for children and teens in Anaheim, Cypress and surrounding areas. In July 2019, the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim merged with the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress and became the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. Together we are creating a bold vision for the future of youth development. We have combined our strengths to provide a world-class Club experience across a broader service area. More than half of our families are living below the poverty line but we provide sliding scale scholarships so that no child is ever turned away for inability to pay. We are also committed to providing Club scholarships to children from military-affiliated families. Without the Club and supporters like you, many local children and teens would be home alone, unsupervised and vulnerable to dangerous influences.
Our families were already struggling before the pandemic, but COVID-19 exacerbated existing gaps in opportunity, with potentially long-term impacts on children and teens. The psychosocial effects of COVID-19 disproportionately affect young people. Young people mental health problems have a long-term impact on their wellness as adults. We know unaddressed adverse childhood experiences impact youth wellness and academic achievement and carry serious long-term risks. However, research shows that children who engage in out-of-school programs like our Boys & Girls Clubs have improved social skills and greater inclination to learn compared to peers who do not attend these programs. Despite all the challenges that Covid-19 has posed our Clubhouses doubled our hours of operation and safely provided full day, in-person academic support and enrichment activities as well as supportive services for thousands of kids and families. So far, we have provided over 100,000 meals to hungry families and there is still a lot of work to do!
More than 300 community leaders are looking forward to our upcoming event. We hope you will join us in supporting local families in need by sponsoring our Masquerade Gala. Our sponsorship packages offer an exceptional opportunity to gain exposure to fellow outstanding supporters throughout Southern California. By becoming a sponsor, you will support Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress and provide a safe, nurturing environment for children and teens to learn, grown and develop healthy lifestyles. The Club continues to do whatever it takes to support our young leaders. With your generous support, we can unmask GREAT FUTURES for thousands of kids and teens.
This article was written by Anne Hertz-Mallari, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress.