Saturday, December 06, 2008

The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Washington Holiday Party

"Look, it’s not easy today to get kids up early on Saturday Morning," stated Leah Lamb, The Chief Development Officer for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. "Just look at the excitement in all their faces in this room. They are happy to be here--so that fact in and of itself tells you just how much this Holiday Party means to them and us.”

Ms. Lamb was standing in The Main Dining Room of The ESPN Zone in Downtown Washington, DC. Nearly 150 kids ranging from ages 5 through 12 were on hand for Our Washington Nationals 3rd Annual Holiday Party for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Our Number 31 himself, John Lannan, was on hand to meet and greet this contingent of excited youngsters. And, My Best Friend!! Screech showed up to provide the light hearted entertainment.

As always, The ESPN Zone donated their setting, food, beverages and their gaming parlor for the children to enjoy themselves this holiday season.

Leah Lamb: "This relationship is just tremendously important. Not just because they (The Nationals) provide financial support to us, but to be able to interact with players like John Lannan today and The Leadership of The Nationals. This all helps the kids understand that they can aspire to be whatever they wish to be--and others are invested in their success. It doesn't get much more important than that from our perspective."

Once all the Boys & Girls Clubs Groups arrived at the 11th & E Street Eatery, The Director of Communications for Our Washington Nationals, Chartese Burnett, welcomed everyone to the scene. Almost immediately, The Party Began!!

John Lannan handed out toys to each and every child in attendance.

Screech!!!!! put on his typical show. And everyone chowed down to a Brunch Style Meal. Once that concluded, it didn't take long for these kids to rush, and I mean RUN, down stairs to the Game Room at ESPN Zone for some more fun.

Our Number 31 and Screech joining in the games--making sure every single child on hand was having an enjoyable time this Holiday Season, courtesy of Our Washington Nationals and The ESPN Zone.

“As the Chief Development Officer," Ms. Lamb concluded. "I am so blessed this opportunity has happened for us. It’s very hard to forge these types of relationships these days. The Nationals had an interest in giving back to the community and they wanted to know who was around to share their resources with. Really, this was just an aligning of the stars which has made this relationship and this partnership successful. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is so very proud to be associated with Washington’s Major League Baseball Team.”

Happy Holidays to all these fun loving kids. Some of whom--may not have the means to celebrate otherwise.

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