Category Archives: Fundraiser

#GivingTuesday Raises Emergency Support for Students


The Clover Park Technical College Foundation received a boost to its emergency assistance programs for the 2016 holiday season, surpassing its fundraising goal of $2,500 as part of the worldwide #GivingTuesday event earlier this week.

15289285_1297641836953489_8292969342752265608_oThis is the first year CPTC has participated in #GivingTuesday, which began in 2012 and celebrated its fifth year on Nov. 29. According to the website, “#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.”

For CPTC Foundation executive director Lyman Gifford, the event provided a perfect opportunity to promote student success and raise funds for the Foundation’s emergency assistance programs.

“We do a lot to help students through emergency assistance, so we’re trying to make sure we have sufficient funds to help in that category and program,” Gifford said. “In 2016, we have helped more than 200 students, and that help comes in the forms of funds like Holiday House and the Emerging Butterflies Fund that helps with basic needs for families like diapers and socks.”Gifford and the Foundation staff set an ambitious goal of $2,500, and promoted the event online and around campus. The online giving form also included a menu where contributors could select where they wanted their donation to go. Options included winter heat, food for one week, socks and boots for children, holiday gifts for children, or other (with a note to specify). This helped ensure contributors knew exactly what kind of a meaningful difference their donation will make in the lives of CPTC students and their families this holiday season.

“More than 60 percent of students who receive assistance have either graduated or are still attending school, so it’s a pretty significant positive impact helping students be able to stay in school and complete their education,” Gifford said. “What colleges across the country have found is that little bit of help during an emergency makes a big difference. For us, our two biggest areas where we help students are in housing and utilities costs. So our whole end-of-year giving emphasis right now is on emergency assistance. That’s everything we’re focusing on.”

CPTC student and Foundation intern Chanel Cruz took a significant leadership role in the event planning and implementation.

“She was awesome,” Gifford said. “This was her project for this quarter, and it went really well.”In terms of numbers, more than $2,000 came in by the end of the day Tuesday. And even more has come in since. As of Friday morning, 52 different donors have contributed $2,501. The Foundation staff established the goal knowing it would be a reach; needless to say, they are thrilled with the result.

“We talked to a lot of people, and the online portal was busy all day,” Gifford said. “People were engaged and excited, and we got a lot of first-time donors. We wanted a goal that stretched us a little bit but also was reasonable, and we felt like $2,500 was exactly that.”

With each dollar set to support student needs this holiday season, the Foundation hopes people will continue to contribute. The donation form will be available online through the end of the year.

“While #GivingTuesday is one day, it’s really launching our end-of-year giving,” Gifford said. “It’s not just about what came in that day, but what comes in for our year-end giving to provide emergency assistance to students.”

To donate to the CPTC Foundation’s emergency assistance funds as part of the #GivingTuesday event, click here.

Caring for Kids to Stuff the Bus, Nov. 5


Caring for Kids is holding its annual Stuff the Bus event at Clover Park High School on Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. We are preparing to help 650 families in need for the holidays. Volunteers from the high schools, middle schools along with the volunteer adults will be out in full force asking for toys and monetary donations.

In Clover Park School District alone there are 9,501 kids on free and reduced lunch according to the September statistics. So please stop by and help us help our kids in need! For more information contact Diane at 253-279-9777 or

Dining for the Future Invitation from the Boys and Girls Club

I want to invite everyone out to our “Dining for the Future” Event.   This is a great night to support our Teen Program at the Lakewood Boys & Girls Club. It truly is an amazing event for the teens run by the teens. I have enclosed a flyer as well as pictures via facebook from last years event. Some examples of program are as follows:
– Keynote Speaker
– Keystone Program presentation
– Youth Speeches
– Family style food (served by teens)
– Teen live performances
– Semi formal event
-$25/seat or $200/table (8 seats) (You are more than welcomed to sponsor a table for families if you cannot make the event)
– Please confirm table/attendance by end of April
“The Lakewood branch Boys and Girls Club will be holding an event called dining for the future. This event highlights our exceptional teens in the Keystone program. Keystone is a national Boysand Girls Club program that focuses on the target areas of academic success, entrepreneurship, teen outreach and community service. All proceeds from this event goes to help improve our Keystone program, and allows us to further our community out reach, while allowing us to create more opportunities for the teens in our community.The program will run from 6:45 to 8:00p.m.There will be performances by our teens, as well as, a teen Keynote speaker. dining will be Asian-Pacific Islander food served family style. It’s going to be an amazing event I truly encourage you and all who can to come out and support the Lakewood Legends Keystone Club.”
If you have any questions please let me know!

Chad Tibayan
Program Director
Lakewood Branch at the Gary and Carol Milgard Family Hope Center
Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound
10402 Kline Street SW Lakewood WA, 98499


Years of Inspirational Keynotes at the Champions for Youth Breakfast

On March 21, the annual Champions for Youth Breakfast – a fundraiser for Communities in Schools of Lakewood – will feature keynotes Jermaine Kearse and Danny Rodriguez who will hope to inspire donors to support after school programs in the Clover Park School District.

Here are some highlights of past breakfasts – thanks to young videographers from the Lakewood Clubhouse.

2015 – Erin Jones & Ruth Rosas

2014 – Brandon Stogsdill

2013 – David Pritchard

2012 – Daniel Cardinali

2011 – Lt.Gov Brad Owen