Events

Holiday Happy Hour & Toy Drop

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Recent Events, Service, Social | Comments Off on Holiday Happy Hour & Toy Drop

Holiday Happy Hour & Toy Drop

Don your most festive attire and join us for our annual Holiday Happy Hour! This year, we’ll be gathering at 57 Degrees in lower Mission Hills to enjoy some craft beer and wine while wrapping toys for the kids of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego! Thursday, December 8th 57 Degrees 6-9 p.m. In lieu of a cover charge, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child ages 5-16. Location: 57 Degrees – Craft Beer & Wine Bar 1735 Hancock Street San Diego, CA 92101...

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Rock Climbing

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Recent Events, Social | Comments Off on Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Join SPARK Ambassadors and friends as we test out our vertical holds on Tuesday, July 19th. After a few hours of climbing, we’ll head over to Ballast Point for some well-deserved frosty beverages. For those who are new to climbing, Vertical Hold will provide all your gear. They also offer belay lessons. Plan to spend around $20-25 with gear rental per person. Please RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested so that we can confirm our group discount and time slot. See you at the...

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SPARK’s 2016 Career Day

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Recent Events, Service | Comments Off on SPARK’s 2016 Career Day

SPARK’s 2016 Career Day

In May, 2016, SPARK held its third annual Career Day at the Roberts Family Branch in Linda Vista. Nearly 200 kids from three different branches took part in the event, which featured more than a dozen local professions. The kids were able to learn from aviators, computer software programmers, EMTs, financial and health experts, policemen, and even a horse farrier and professional musician! “I enjoyed talking with all of the different professionals about what they do.  It was interesting and inspiring to learn how they choose what they do for a living,” said Malik, a teen member of the Clairemont Branch. He continued, “It was really cool to put on the real gear at the SWAT van. The professionals were so nice to take the time to be with us. I had so much fun.” BGCSD members each filled out a “career passport” in order to enter into an opportunity drawing for Minecraft items and three Kindle Fire tablets. We thank all our participants for taking the time to enlighten our youth about a wide variety of awesome careers! J!nx shares Minecraft insider knowledge. Seeing what it takes to be an EMT. Learning how to shoe a horse, of course. Becoming a part of San Diego’s SWAT team. Join the Navy, see the world. The kids designed their dream...

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Service Project – Painting Party

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Recent Events, Service | Comments Off on Service Project – Painting Party

Service Project – Painting Party

On Saturday, May 14th, several SPARK Ambassadors and friends traveled to the Conrad Prebys Ramona Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego to lend some much needed helping hands. Sporting their best (and worst) painting outfits, the team worked together to update and brighten the branch’s game room with a fresh coat of paint on over 900 square feet.  Covering up the old neon yellow and purple walls with a vibrant “Boys & Girls Club blue” was fun and rewarding, even if some Ambassadors still have blue paint under their fingernails! Upon her return, branch manager Simone McCune was ecstatic. “I returned from Leadership Camp to find our Game Room looking AMAZING! Big thanks to SPARK for taking the time! It’s amazing what a difference some fresh paint makes! We had a lot of compliments.” Special thanks to the branch’s teen volunteer Brandon for jumping in and lending a helping hand as well! We hope the kids and staff will enjoy the new color for many years to...

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Kids Win at Laser Tag

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Recent Events, Service | Comments Off on Kids Win at Laser Tag

Kids Win at Laser Tag

On April 7, 2016, SPARK hosted 14 members from the Clairemont & William J. Oakes branches for their annual Laser Tag service event. SPARK VP Stacey Shea played three games of laser tag with the kids at the UltraZone Laser Tag facility in San Diego. The kids enjoyed In & Out burgers after competing in laser tag. For a majority of the kids, it was their first time playing laser tag and going to In &...

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Party in the Park

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Recent Events, Social | Comments Off on Party in the Park

Party in the Park

Thank you to the Ambassadors, friends, family, and furry ones who came out for our picnic in beautiful Presidio Park! We enjoyed a competitive game of bocce ball, a friendly corn hole tournament, and even tried out the slack line. We’re thinking this needs to be a monthly event! Party in the Park Saturday, April 16th 12 – 3 p.m. Presidio Park     Additional info: We’ll be set up at the top of the hill at the intersection of Presidio Drive and Cosoy Way. It is labeled “The Arbor” on the park map. Parking is available along Cosoy Way, in the adjacent neighborhood, or in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill. We’ll have blue pop-up tents and the SPARK banner displayed so it will be easy to find us. Dogs are allowed. Alcohol is allowed, but no glass containers please. There are bathrooms close by.   Get directions here:...

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5th Annual SPARK Holiday Toy Drive

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Recent Events, Service, Social | Comments Off on 5th Annual SPARK Holiday Toy Drive

5th Annual SPARK Holiday Toy Drive

  Join us this December for our 5th Annual SPARK Holiday Toy Drive, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Happy Hour Details Thursday, December 3rd 6-9 p.m. Mission Brewery 1441 L Street, San Diego Don’t forget to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater or holiday attire!  Cover: $20 or one unwrapped gift (value $15+) Ugly Sweater Party Free beer tastings courtesy of Gogobot! Special dessert courtesy of PB Bakery! Ice breaker games with prizes Food Trucks Craft Beer Opportunity Drawings with Great Prizes! Gift Wrapping Station How to Donate: Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or game for a child 14-years or younger Donate online at DonateSDYouth.org (mention SPARK in the donation form) Gather gift donations for our opportunity drawings Previous donations have included gift cards, Padres/Aztecs/Chargers tickets, alcohol gift sets, game boards, gift baskets, etc. If you have donations for our drawing, please email Nicole. Click the flyer to print & share:   Get directions:...

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SPARK Service Event: Thanksgiving Gift Baskets

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Recent Events, Service | Comments Off on SPARK Service Event: Thanksgiving Gift Baskets

SPARK Service Event: Thanksgiving Gift Baskets

Help us assemble Thanksgiving gift baskets! SPARK Ambassadors, help us assemble dinner baskets for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Each volunteer is asked to bring needed food items from our list. Click the link below to register for this event! Where: BGCGSD Clairemont Resource & Training Center 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6 p.m.     Get directions to the...

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2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament Was a Huge Success!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Recent Events, Social | Comments Off on 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament Was a Huge Success!

2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament Was a Huge Success!

Thank you to all the costumed characters who joined us on Halloween morning for SPARK’s 2nd Annual US Bank Bayside Toss for Kids Cornhole Tournament! 48 teams showed up to play in beautiful Ruocco Park.   Winning Team Congratulations to Cool Runnings who took secured the championship after 7 grueling rounds of cornhole! They took home Aztec tickets, gift cards, Stone beer, a Championship Cornhole Set, and yearlong bragging rights. Thank you again to our sponsors: Title Sponsor: U.S. Bank Presenting Sponsor: GenVest Planning Beer Sponsor: Stone Brewing Apparel Sponsor: J!nx Can’t wait to see you next year! For more pictures, visit the SPARK Facebook...

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Halloween Pumpkin Decorating

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Recent Events, Service | Comments Off on Halloween Pumpkin Decorating

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating

A dozen of our SPARK Ambassadors joined us on October 21st at the Clairemont branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs for a Pumpkin Decorating Contest! More than 85 kids attended, from 5-13 years old. The younger kids got crazy with stickers… …while the older kids tested their carving skills. Check out some more of their handiwork!...

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