The Guardsmen were recently honored at Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (BGCSF) Annual Gala celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Camp Mendocino, the Club’s summer camp in Mendocino County. The event, held on May 4th, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall, recognized The Guardsmen for their decades of support of Camp Mendocino. Since 1947, The Guardsmen has raised more than $45 million to support at-risk youth in the Bay Area and provided the funds to send over 35,000 BGCSF members to Camp Mendocino.
As part of the ceremony honoring The Guardsmen for their charitable efforts, BGCSF board chairman Rocky Fried announced that a new lodge at Camp Mendocino will be named “The Guardsmen Lodge” as a permanent tribute to recognize the efforts of The Guardsmen.
Camp Mendocino campers tell their stories to the guests.
“We simply could not run Camp Mendocino without the Guardsmen,” said Rob Connolly, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. “Over the years, the membership of The Guardsmen has donated considerable time, talent and money to further our mission of inspiring and enabling young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Their continued support will ensure that we can create tomorrow’s parents, workforce and leaders for generations to come.”
More than 60 members of The Guardsmen attended the gala event, including 16 past presidents of the organization. But the real stars of the evening were the members of Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, who shared heartwarming stories and presentations about how their campership experience at Camp Mendocino enriched their lives.
Senior Guardsmen, Bruce Callander and John Callander, Jr., and Guarsdmen past-president, Chris Roeder stand with Camp Mendocino campers.
“On behalf of The Guardsmen, we are honored to partner with the BGCSF to impact the lives of so many kids in the Bay Area,” said Guardsmen President Marc Baluda. “We are fortunate to be in a position to leverage the talents and resources of our membership to invest in the future of today’s Bay Area youth by giving them a sense of hope–and to let kids be kids.”
Photos of the event are available at http://www.drewaltizer.com/album-top-picks-11799