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Boys & Girls Club to ‘Rock On’

Chris and Jayne Fall will serve as co-chairs of 42nd annual benefit auction with a classic rock them

Posted: February 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Left to right, Ronda Chobanian, Jayne and Chris Fall and Jim Ventress. Left to right, Ronda Chobanian, Jayne and Chris Fall and Jim Ventress.
Left to right, Ronda Chobanian, Jayne and Chris Fall and Jim Ventress.

The 42nd annual benefit auction for the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club will enjoy a “classic rock” theme, said co-chairs Chris and Jayne Fall.

The Falls announced the theme during the kickoff event held Tuesday at the club’s Newhall facility.

The kickoff event was held to energize the club’s volunteers as they begin to hit the streets in search of corporate sponsors and auction item donations, said Ronda Chobanian, director of the Boys & Girls Club Foundation.

Chobanian said a variety of volunteer opportunities are available for the event.

Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club, said the money raised by the auction is crucial to the operation of the club.

“Membership to the club is only $36 a year, but it costs us well over $500 for each child who uses the club,” he said. “

Ventress said the club is fortunate to have such a dedicated cadre of volunteers.

“When I tell people from other clubs and organizations that we have volunteers who have been with us for 40 years, 30 years, 25 years, they look at me and I can tell they think I’m lying,” he said. “That’s the type of community we have.”

Ventress said the annual fundraiser takes a large number of volunteers and hours of labor to stage.

Elizabeth Hopp, President of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, encouraged the volunteers to add to their ranks.

“We know this is a huge undertaking,” she said. “It does take a village.”

She set a goal of each volunteer bringing in an additional 25 helpers.

“This is the third largest city in Los Angeles county,” she said. “I’d like to see a few more residents support the auction, by volunteering, donating auction items or attending the auction.”

Ventress said the club was lucky to have the Falls agree to chair this year’s auction.

“We’re excited to be a part of this year’s auction,” said Chris Fall. “This is one of the main attractions in town.”

Jayne Fall held up a poster as the event theme, “Rock On” was announced.

“It’s going to be great event this year,” said Jayne Fall.

Fall said he wants the event to return to its roots of being a fun, “must attend” event.

The Boys & Girls Club of SCV serves nearly 2,500 students in the SCV at two facilities, in Newhall and Canyon Country.

The 42nd annual benefit auction will be held Saturday, June 1. To donate live or silent auction items or to volunteer call 661-254-3063 or visit



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