Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale name Youth of the Year

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale hosted Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball on Feb. 23 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The gala included silent and live auctions, raffles and dinner, but the main focus of the evening was on the eight teen BGCS Youth of the Year finalists. Each presented his or her personal story exemplifying the transformative effect the clubs have on the lives of young people. More than 700 were in attendance to see Marena S., 17, named 2018 Youth of the Year. Marena represented the Thunderbird Branch.

As part of the honor of being Youth of the Year, each finalist was provided a scholarship by Voya Financial. Renee and Bob Parsons surprised all of the finalists with additional scholarships from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

On March 26, Marena will represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale at the state competition. The Arizona State Youth of the Year will go on to the regional competition, with the potential to compete nationally.

Janet Caldarelli and Marianne Guenther co-chaired the evening.


Barbara and Jerry Braunke with Pat and Ted Stump

John and Beth Rapasky

Bill and Stacey Richman

Darlene and Terry Valerio

Janet Caldarelli and Marianne Guenther, event co-chairs; Janet Blacker and Susan Wain

Jeannine and Steve Ziomek

Jeff Hurst and Dr. Lisa Hurst, president and CEO BGCS

Jenna and Noah Brocious; Glenn and Marianne Guenther

Jodi VanDrie, Joy Donnell, Paul Keller, Carmel Dewey and Carla Keller

Kendall Peterson, Dr Lisa Hurst and Clark Peterson

Oliver Ekman Larsson, Alisha Bell and Sabastian Nykvist

Patricia and Richard Spears

Renee Parsons, Dr. Lisa Hurst and Bob Parsons

Rick Baker and Tracy Seabaugh

Robert and Kathie Vestal

Robert and Kim Kiyosaki

Stephen Winchell, TomDuffy and Rennetta Brown

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