Rockin’ for a cause: BGC event raises 9k

Cinthia Stimson photo

Reo Boren (left) plays a lawn game of Connect Four with Bailey Mueller (center) and Austin Mueller (right) while in the background volunteer “rockers” catch up visiting with their neighbors during the Boys & Girls Club  rock-a-thon fundraiser in Glenrock July 20.

By: 
Cinthia Stimson cinthia@glenrockind.com

When it comes to helping Wyoming’s children, the state is full of generous  folks with warm hearts and deep pockets – so much so that 25 “rockers” who participated in the Glenrock-A-Thon on Saturday  helped raise  more than $9,000 for the Glenrock Boys & Girls Club.
Boys & Girls Clubs Director of Development & Marketing Shauna VanderLinden considers the event a huge success. “Counting sponsorships, auction items, donations at the event, dollars raised through rocking and an anonymous match for the auction items, our current preliminary number is $9,033.22,” she said.
The event was billed as a rock-a-thon. Participants registered on the club’s website ahead of time and in person on the day of the event, then proceeded to collect pledges toward the amount of time they rocked in the spiffy wooden rocking chairs on the rec center lawn across from Glenrock Police Department.
Rockers started their official stints in the chairs around 2 p.m., generally sitting (and occasionally rocking) for an hour at a time. Signs on the rocking chairs offered walk-in volunteers the chance to pay $1 per minute in donations to rock to and fro for the cause.
Glenrock-er Jim Osborn sat in a wooden rocker, conversing with Michelle Doherty who was seated next to him.
When asked why he chose to participate in the fundraiser, he replied, “Why not? It’s a chance to come down, sit in the shade and watch the kids have a good time. The Boys & Girls Club is an excellent organization. I came down to see if I could help.”
Doherty was ready to rock for an hour to raise funds on behalf of her grandchildren, she said.
“It’s a beautiful day and my grandkids enjoy the benefits of the club,” she explained.
The Glenrock club serves 266 children in the community Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. during summer break, VanderLinden said.
That’s two out of three of the area’s elementary school-aged children in the club.
Twelve-year-old Izzy VanderLinden’s been participating in the Casper Boys & Girls Club for close to six years.
She also visits Glenrock and was there with her mom for the day. She enjoyed taking part in the rock-a-thon, Hula-Hooping with friends and having her face painted, she said.
“I really like going to club. I love the art room and visiting with the art teacher. I get to do arts and crafts, and go on a lot of field trips. It’s fun,” she  said.
As 5 p.m. drew nearer, more people arrived, congregating on the lawn, chatting with friends, playing various games and getting ready for the block party the club had promised them, an evening of neighborly fun and live music.
Wyoming’s “One Man Band” – musician Chad Lore – took to the stage to tune up his guitar and add some new strings to it, and teased the crowd before he started playing music.
VanderLinden said that Lore donated part of his performance fee to the club, as he’s always been the club’s friend.
By the end of the evening, club officials estimated that more than 200 people showed up to take part in one activity or another over the fundraiser’s six-hour time span.
“We wanted to host an event that would include the entire community, to celebrate their generosity and to raise some funds for the Glenrock club,” VanderLinden said.
“We saw families come out and enjoy time together. We saw kids laughing and playing. We saw folks show support to the club by rocking and donating funds. Being able to celebrate our community and seeing so many people enjoying time together, we consider that a success,” she said.
The Glenrock Boys & Girls club has been a part of the community since 2000 and promotes academic success, healthy eating and lifestyles, leadership skills, responsibility, ownership and is intentionally geared to teach and provide positive outcomes in life, according to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s Vice President of Operations Jessica Baxter.
Baxter is based out of Casper but was in Glenrock to help with the event.
“Today was about getting the community together, raising money for the Glenrock Club, raising awareness  and having fun,” she said.
For more information on the Glenrock Boys & Girls Club call (307) 436-2466.

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