$70,000 raised in our first Great Futures Telethon!

  • September 20, 2016
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On Saturday, September 10th, 2016 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) held its first Great Futures Telethon.  Presented by KION News Channel 46 and Cannery Row Company, the telethon featured two hours of live television with live televised programming from a Family Night happening simultaneously at our Salinas Clubhouse.  Over 150 guests attended the Family Night, which was sponsored by Chevron and featured a Chevron STEM zone, a community resource fair and a variety of activities for kids and families.  Buffalo Wild Wings provided the food for the evening.  Club Member performed on stage at the Salinas Clubhouse and were also featured in the live feeds.  Performers included the BGCMC’s, Josh Matadamas and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County Choir. 

The video content featured during the two hour show was designed to showcase the Clubs’ priority outcomes: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Citizenship through interviews, performances and testimonials.  Dr. Michael Jackson joined KION News Channel 46 co-anchors Amanda Gomez and Spencer Washburn in the studio, Dann Cianco was the news anchor reporting in from our social media hub and Michelle Pullido was the anchor reporting from the Family Night.  Featured guests included former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Defense and Boys & Girls Club alumnus, Leon Panetta, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy Kotowski and more.  Victory Dealership Group sponsored the Good Character & Citizenship portion of the show (30 minute segment) and provided phone bank volunteers who answered incoming calls for donations.  Mann Packing sponsored the Healthy Lifestyles segment (also a 30 minute segment) and Famous Dave’s sponsored the phone banks, provided phone bank volunteers and dinner for the crew and studio guests. Famous Dave’s also gave out $10 gift cards for every donation of $25 or more.


On air check presentations were made by Cannery Row Company, Victory Dealership Group, Mann Packing, Salinas Valley Healthcare System, Famous Dave’s and Chevron.  As of September 10th, we had raised $70,000 in sponsorships, pledges and donations.

Thanks to our anchors
Dann Cianca, Amanda Gomez, Michelle Pulido and Spencer Washburn
and the amazing crew at KION TV 46
Very special thanks to Kristy Santiago and Barry Brown

Much gratitude to the SPCA for Monterey County
for their support and guidance

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County
is grateful to our generous sponsors and special guests

Buffalo Wild Wings
Cannery Row Company
Coca Cola
Famous Dave’s BBQ
Mackey & Mackey Insurance
Mann Packing
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Telco Automation, Inc.
Victory Dealership Group
Jose Arreola
Ted Balestreri
Sheriff Steve Bernal
Peter Blackstock
Brianna Cisneros
Chris Conley
Donna Ferraro
Tom Gray
Mayor Joe Gunter
Lawrence Haynes
Ron Johnson
Lorri Koster
Dr. Nancy Kotowski
Erika Matadamas
Josh Matadamas
Jasmine Mejia
Kitty Mulcahy
Cynthia Negrete
Gina Nucci
Jay Orendorff
Jimmy Panetta
Leon Panetta
Nanci & Bill Perocchi
Bill Ramsey
Greta Richards
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Jhea Romero
Karina Rusk
Rebecca Sturvist
Richard Tavener
Anthony Toney
Pat Young

And many, many thanks to the dedicated Difference Makers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County!