By Nolan Patrick Smith
(Victorville) The holidays are in full swing now, as the joy of the season can be seen throughout the High Desert. In the Mall of Victor Valley, which has its halls decked in the Christmas spirit, is a booth that offers the chance to win some amazing prizes, while at the same time helping a longstanding and worthy cause. Of course, I’m talking about the Boys and Girls Club of the Victor Valley.
“The fundraiser is partnering with the Mall of Victor Valley; they give us a nice space here in the mall, and what we do is we have a number of different raffles to raise money for the kids of the Victor Valley,” said Mark Sawyer, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Victor Valley at their booth location in the mall, next to Barnes and Noble. The annual tradition has continued, with the club offering a variety of prizes to be raffled off, with tickets costing only a dollar. The massive, over six foot tall Christmas Tree was given away last week, but all the other prizes will be given away on December 23rd, leaving plenty of time to still enter. Sawyer talked to us about the prizes, as well as those that made it a possibility with their generous donations.
“It has a lot to do with two things: the prizes themselves and the volunteers who are actually in the booth and helping us out. Burrtec and High Desert Bingo sponsored the beautiful, six and a half foot, professionally decorated tree and out wreath with $500 cash, which is awesome. All the gifts were donated through local merchants: for instance, Greiner gave us a $189 detail of your car, we have golf at all of the golf courses here in the High Desert, we have a signed and authenticated Barry Sanders jersey donated by Desert Community Bank, we have a romantic package through J. Michaels Salon and Spa, we have Magic Castle, which was donated by a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club and includes four tickets down to that, which is down in Hollywood, and includes $200 cash towards dinner. We have Mountain High, they have donated tickets to their ski resort, a flight over the High Desert from Russ Stringham, plus breakfast as well.”
The booth offers gift-wrapping as well, so that you can get your gifts wrapped before you even get home. The gift wrapping, as well as the prizes, is made possible not only by Sawyer’s efforts, but by the individuals and companies that donate their time to help. “For companies and individuals that want to volunteer, we give them the opportunity to hand out their materials as well. They are supporting us by manning the booth, and when I say man the booth, I mean help people donate, get raffle tickets and gift-wrapping. We have a couple individuals here, Danielle and Stephanie from Taylion High Desert Academy, we also have Alaska USA, Desert Community Bank have come in, State Farm has come in, there has been a number of different organizations who have helped as well.”
Make sure to stop by the Boys and Girls Club booth, which is located near Barnes and Noble and across from Customer Service. For more information on the raffles, as well as on the organization, feel free to visit the Boys and Girls Club online at www.bgcvv.org or email Mr. Sawyer directly at Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org