BGCTM Celebrates Annual Awards Banquet, Nov. 5 with “Pirates of the Truckee Meadows” Themed Evening

Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation Honors Bob Cashell and Female and Male Youth of the Year

BGCTM_Awards_WEBonlyThe Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recognizes the best of the best, in Club members and community support at this year’s “Pirates of the Truckee Meadows” themed Annual Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 5  at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Cocktail service begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and awards program at 6 p.m.

The Annual Awards Banquet honors Bob Cashell, former Reno mayor and Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, with the 2015 Distinguished Service award and Youth of the Year, Gissel Gonzales Aguilar and Carlos Inda-Lopez. The night also honors children who make a difference in the lives of friends and peers by living the Club’s mission each day, leading by example and helping others. Nine members from the Club’s youth and teen centers are set to receive a Member of the Year award, saluting his or her outstanding service and participation among the Club’s 13,000 members. In addition, select Club members will receive college scholarship awards from various donors through the Club’s scholarship program.

“Each year at the Awards Banquet we honor those individuals who have made a significant impact in the lives of children in our community,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “The two best examples of the Club’s impact are the Youth of the Year, who will share their stories of perseverance and the role the Boys & Girls Club has played in their success.”

The Annual Awards Banquet presented by Hot August Nights Foundation includes hosted cocktails from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards program featuring performances from Club members. The Captain Level sponsor is available for $1,500 and includes a 10-person table and full-page program ad, while the $1,400 Quartermaster Level sponsor receives a 10-person table and half-page program ad. The First Mate Level sponsor receives a 10-person table for $1,200 and individual tickets are $150 per person (Shipmate). Purchase tickets online or contact Kathleen Vanderziel at (775) 360-2450 or kvanderziel@bgctm.wpengine.com.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows including volunteer, donation and program information, please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437).


Gissel Gonzales Aguilar, 2015 Female Youth of the Year

As a child, Gissel was often the first one to arrive at the Club and the last one to leave. The Club provided her a safe haven from challenges at home, introduced her to friends and mentors, and helped build her confidence. A senior at Coral Academy of Science, Gissel now flourishes as a leader and mentor to those around her.

Carlos Inda-Lopez, 2015 Male Youth of the Year

Born into uncertain circumstances, Carlos struggled to find his voice as a child. It wasn’t until he began attending the Boys & Girls Club that he found the support and self-assurance to express himself and pursue his passions. A talented artist, today Carlos is a senior at Hug High School and a shining star among his peers.

Bob Cashell, 2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Bob Cashell is one of Nevada’s best known business and public figures. He served as mayor of Reno from 2002 to 2014. He also served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from 1983 to 1987 and on the University of Nevada System Board of Regents from 1979 to 1982.

Bob is a prominent businessman, owning Cashell Enterprises, a hotel casino management company. He began his gaming career in 1967 when he and four friends bought Bill & Effie’s Truck Stop located just west of Reno. He personally managed the growth of the company, now known as “Boomtown,” selling his interest in 1988.

Bob has been a significant donor for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and was influential in the Club acquiring the property from the City of Reno for the new William N. Pennington Facility on Foster Drive in Reno.


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