Boys & Girls Club Holiday Party
One of the most rewarding times of the year for all of us here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is when we get to sit down and enjoy the annual Holiday Party with young people from each of the Boys & Girls Club locations throughout Southwest Florida. For many of the youth that attend, it will be their only festive opportunity to celebrate the Holidays with staff members and friends that they have made throughout the year, some of which they consider family. This year’s Holiday Party was held at the Crown Plaza hotel ballroom.
The youth said a prayer before enjoying pizza and gatorade among their friends, compliments of Domino’s Pizza. Cheyenne led the group in a rowdy rendition of Jingle Bells to welcome Santa as the special guest for the evening. Each youth had the opportunity to sit for a photo with Santa, who gave everyone a special gift bag filled with educational activities and tasty treats.
Board member Marilyn Todd of Ted Todd Insurance also provided the youth with wooden frames, markers and festive holiday sticker decorations to design their own photo frame as board member Brad Dohack printed their photos with Santa. The photos and frames serve as a great reminder of their special day.
The fun continued with a performance from a magician. Joey Evens wowed the group with magic tricks, offering laughter and amazement to each of the youths.
The night went on with fun and crazy games, planned by Jillian Dohack and Mary Kazor. First, the group was divided into two teams for the Balloon game. The youth had to sit on balloons to make them pop – and the first team to go through their entire line was declared the winner. The smiles and laughter could be heard well into the hotel as each youth tried to pop their balloon.
Games continued as each youth tried to “Pin the carrot nose on Frosty” while blindfolded. We were able to capture some great photos of each of these games. It was obvious how much everyone (even the adults) enjoyed the games.