VISTA Members Organize Summer Events

In July, VISTA members Natalie Gould and Miah Smith worked to organize two annual events at the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings – Moody County: the ATV Raffle fundraiser and the Youth Triathlon. The ATV Raffle is held each summer to raise operating funds for the Club and the Triathlon is held as a fitness competition for youth. Both events are free, fun, and great opportunities for the community to come together.

VISTA members worked to recruit sponsorships for both community events. Local businesses that donated financially or in-kind were included in the event marketing. In-kind gifts allowed the Club to offer a meal at the ATV Raffle fundraiser, as well as early bird prizes and awards for winners at the Triathlon. Dozens of community members were recruited to help with these events. During both events, volunteers helped to sell the 500 raffle tickets and helped things run smoothly.

After six weeks of selling tickets, the ATV Raffle was held outside of the Club. The state National Guard provided a bouncy house for youth, and volunteers helped with games, music, and face paint. The event also included a speaking portion where youth, family members, board members, and staff spoke about the impact of the Club. It was a great success and helped to raise over $10,000 for the Club!

The Triathlon was a success with the help of the local aquatic center. The VISTA members organized the event so that youth could compete in swimming, biking, and running competitions with other youth in their age group. After the Triathlon, participants celebrated the fun event, received free T-shirts, and cheered one another on as prizes were awarded to a male and female winner in each age group.

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