A Message from our Executive Director

jenniferOur Fourteenth Annual Graduation and Scholarship and 20th Anniversary Celebration was a lovely evening honoring the past, celebrating the present, and dreaming about the future. Nearly 200 guests joined us at the Miners Foundry on May 7th. Guests enjoyed sparkling wine from Nevada City winery as they wandered the Stone Hall, which was decked out with historical pictures and videos and program milestones and highlights. Our eighth grade girls were on hand to answer questions about their experiences in the academic year, the summer program, and with their mentors and angels. Antonio Ayestaran catered our beautiful and delicious dinner while guests enjoyed presentations from me, Founder Mary Collier, High School Director Kristin Aguilar, and of course our eight graduating seniors! Also joining us in presentations were 2002 graduate, Jo Beaudreaux, and donor, Leo Granucci.   Our graduates loved having the opportunity to hear from Jo about how her life has unfolded since she left The Friendship Club and many are anxious to get an active Alumni program started! It was a wonderful evening of celebration and connection. We were excited to welcome some of our friends from the early days. These are people who were part of The Friendship Club when it was just a little idea and they are the people who helped us grow the organization into what you know it to be today.

I cannot thank enough our founding board of directors and those early volunteers and donors for their belief in our mission, their support of the organization and myself as a leader, and to the community who has helped make this all a reality. You, our valued donors and volunteers, are the lifeblood of The Friendship Club and your support makes it all possible. Our girls are fortunate to be part of a loving and kind community of people who truly care about them.

Leo Granucci shared an exciting and unique challenge that evening that I would like to share with you. Now that we have served our community for twenty years we hope that you see the value in supporting our work and we hope that you would like to see us serving girls for at least another 20 years! In that light, an anonymous donor has challenged our donors and volunteers to consider leaving The Friendship Club in their bequest and/or estate plans. This donor will match any planned gift up to $500,000 if you make this commitment to The Friendship Club by the end of 2015. Please give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further. I can be reached at 265-4311.

Many thanks to those of you who came out on May 7th and thank you to the generous sponsors who made the evening possible. Here is to another 20 years of Friendship!

With gratitude,


Bright Skies Ahead for Summer Program

2014 Archery Clinic

Summer is such an exciting and busy time for the Friendship Club staff and all the girls in our program. Not only do the girls get a break from school, but also the opportunity to learn, grow and spend time with their Friendship Club family. Each summer, the girls participate in a variety of learning clinics in areas of interest to them. They also attend a week-long camp with girls in their grade level.  Summer camps and clinics are such an important part of our program, as they allow the girls to bond and prepare for the year ahead.

For our new girls who will be entering 6th grade, New Friends Camp is a way for them to get to know each other, the staff and what it means to be a part of The Friendship Club. This camp will focus on fun activities that allow everyone to become better acquainted, trust one another, and feel safe together. This camp provides the foundation for the girls to build trusting, healthy relationships that will carry them through their lives.

All of our high school girls will be attending camp at Jackson Lake.  In this beautiful natural setting, the girls will participate in yoga, art, cooking, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking and many team building activities.

2014 High School Camp at Jackson Lake

This year, we are offering 11 clinics that begin mid-June and run through the first week of August.  Each clinic is 2-3 days long for a few hours per day.  Clinic areas this summer include Cooking & Baking, Art with Community Canvas, Glass Fusing, Photography, Photo Editing with Photoshop, Archery, Gymnastics, Science Explorations, CPR and First Aid, Water Fun and Outdoor Fun.  Girls also have the opportunity to sign up Book Friends Fridays at the Book Seller. Here they get to listen to a story, pick out a book to add to their own personal library, then go to the Grass Valley Library to read.  As part of Book Friends, we will have a Literary Tea.  This event includes a high tea and a presentation from a local author.    We are excited that local poet, Kirsten Casey, will be the featured author this year!

As always, our summer program is made possible by the efforts of our amazing staff and volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering for clinics or any other summer programs, please contact Volunteer Manager, Cindy Hintz at 265-4311 or cindyh@friendshipclub.org.

A Message from Our Executive Director

jenniferHappy Spring! There certainly is no shortage of activities going on at The Friendship Club right now! It is a time when we are both preparing for the beginning and the end of a Friendship Club girl’s journey. While we have begun our spring recruitment process for new sixth grade girls to join in the summer, we are also preparing to say goodbye to our senior girls. On May 7th we will honor eight amazing young women for their perseverance, accomplishments, and for setting positive goals for their future. This year’s Graduation and Scholarship Dinner will be even more special because we will also officially celebrate our 20th Anniversary and the evolution of the program and organization since 1995. We have many fun surprises in store for the event and we hope that you will consider joining us. Invitations should have hit your mailbox this weekend – please take a moment to consider attending, hosting or filling a table with friends and neighbors, or making a donation in your absence to support this important culminating celebration and help us continue our important work. If you did not receive an invitation, but would like to, please give us a call at 265-4311.

Attendees of the Graduation and Scholarship dinner always walk away from this event feeling inspired and full of love. Our girls are not only honored by all of us, they honor others by sharing their story, their plans, and their thanks for The Friendship Club. It makes every donor and volunteer understand the vital role they play in keeping The Friendship Club strong for our girls. We are excited to also have the opportunity to honor our history and our evolution through the years during the cocktail hour – it will be fun for new and old friends alike. You may be walking through memory lane with us or you may be learning things you never knew! We guarantee it will be fun for all!

We are also excited to welcome back 2001 graduate, Jo Beaudreaux, to learn more about what she has been up to since she left The Friendship Club!

May 7th will be a special evening honoring the past, the present, and the future of The Friendship Club. Thank you for the role you have played in making sure The Friendship Club is strong and relevant for girls at risk in our community. Looking forward to seeing you!

In friendship


Join Us for the 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

On Saturday, April 25th from 5:00-8:00 p.m., our Leadership Council girls will put on their Spaghetti Dinner & Raffle event at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall to help raise funds for our programs. This will be the fourth year that the girls have planned, organized and implemented all aspects of the event to support The Friendship Club.  If you are unable to join us, you can still support us by getting your dinner to go!

Details are below and you can purchase tickets online through our website.

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Artist Open House to Benefit TFC

We are pleased to invite you to join us for an Artist Open House on Saturday, May 2nd, with our very own Volunteer Manager, Cindy Hintz.  In addition to being a dedicated employee at The Friendship Club, Cindy is a very talented fiber artist.  Her open house will showcase her beautiful pieces of fiber art and tapestry bags, and she will donate 20% of all sales this day to support our programs!  We hope to see you there!

Artist Open House Email Invite 5.2.15[1]

A Message from Our Executive Director

jenniferWow our 20th anniversary year is off with a BANG!  I hope you all had a chance to read our 20 Days of Friendship series and two-page spread on February 14th.  If not, you can link to them here. We are so grateful to those supporters who availed themselves to share more with our community about their perspectives and their love of The Friendship Club, and I hope you have had a chance to see some of them in our community and say thank you.  I was personally inspired every day to open the paper and read about our amazing girls, volunteers, and community supporters.  What a confirmation of our important work!

The request for donations in The Union coupled with our special appeal has been helping us raise important funds for our program.  As you may have read, a generous donor has offered to match up to $20,000 in community donations!  Many of you have already given to this effort and we are so grateful.  To date we have raised nearly $15,000 toward the match!  Please consider joining this effort if you haven’t yet. Click here to see the various ways you can donate.

We thank you, our close friends and family, for your continued support and for the love and compassion you show our girls by investing in their future.

In Friendship,

Jennifer Singer

Power of the Purse is Coming!

POWofPurseThe Power of the Purse is right around the corner and will be the biggest ever!!  We have a record-breaking event and have moved to The Miners Foundry this year to accommodate more guests.  This annual event serves as an introduction for new The Friendship Club friends.  We will raffle 20 amazing purses and share a one-hour program – we certainly hope people feel inspired to volunteer and/or donate!  We have a limited number of seats left but if YOU want to join us (men welcome too!!) please call us to reserve a spot!

Many thank to our purse donors this year; Blue Moon Apparel, Abstrakt, Dokimo’s Pharmacy, The Gray Goose, Judi’s of Nevada City, JJ Jackson’s, Yuba Blue, Mountain Recreation, Uptown Salon, Ranee’s Nails, Head to Heal Spa, Pine Street Porch, Dawn Lorraine Conscious Skincare, Wendy Thibeault, Future Generations, Piper’s Alley.  If you’d like to preview the donated purses, visit our Facebook Page to see pictures of them all (and like us on FB if you haven’t already)!

And thank you to our Underwriters and Sponsors; Andrea Baron, Antonio Ayestaran, Catering by Antonio, Cello Chocolates, Commonwealth Financial Network – Terry and Karen Brown, Country Copy, Juliet Erickson, FitCulture Studio, Foothill Flowers, Laurel Vieaux, Nanci Mason, Nevada City Film Festival – Jesse Locks and David Nicholson, Nevada City Winery.

College Knowledge in Action

ucsc-aerialThe upper high school group has been busy for the last few months. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent the Presidents Day weekend on a college trip to UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Community College. Both campuses are stunning, with ocean views and expansive facilities. The girls were excited with the possibility of living near the ocean and attending college. Of course, the weather could not have been better for us to enjoy the beach and the towns of Santa Cruz and Capitola. Monday morning we ended our visit with a workout along West Cliff…we ran, power walked, and stopped for pushups and lunges. Whew! On our way back, we stopped to watch the surfers and to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the fresh air.

Cooking Dinner Together

Quarterly Dinner Group Shot
The girls and their families enjoying the meal they cooked

As part of our efforts to expose girls to new things, teach them about nutrition and healthy eating, and to teach them valuable cooking skills, the high school girls have been cooking monthly dinners together with their Program Director, Kristin Aguilar. Last month, the girls made red and green enchiladas, salad, two kinds of salsa and rice. They each invited a family member to join them, which we do at the Club every quarter. Kristin had a few parents tell her afterward how much they enjoyed being there, meeting the other families, and eating a meal prepared by the girls. Everyone was able to bring home leftovers, and we are looking forward to doing it again this week!  This time, the girls are making Japanese food…miso soup, vegetable sushi, salad and mochi. The group tries a new type of cuisine each time they cook together, and Kristin always likes to introduce a new skill or kitchen technique. It is always fun to challenge the girls to try new flavors and taste combinations!

Teaching Public Speaking Skills

Jerri Glover with Toastmasters

The 8th grade girls have been working with Toastmaster, Jerri Glover, to hone their presentation and public speaking skills in preparation for their 8th grade speeches (a graduation requirement at many of the schools). Jerri, who serves as the District 39 Community Outreach coordinator and has achieved the level of Advanced Communicator Bronze, has been a part of the Nevada County Toastmasters for a few years and is a long time volunteer at The Friendship Club. Toastmasters aims to help people gain confidence while speaking in front of a group and leadership skills. We are happy to report that of the girls who have given their speeches, all received an “A” or “B” on them.  It is our hope that this puts them on the path of feeling comfortable and confident giving presentations and speeches at school, with The Friendship Club and out in the community—a skill that will serve them well for years to come!