Eight businesses named Kiwanis Community Partners

January 8, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Morning Kiwanis Club is welcoming some help for its many projects during 2019.

Eight local businesses have stepped up as Kiwanis Community Partners, lending sponsorship to programs ranging from blood drives, swimming lessons and highway cleanups to Corn Fest, Oktoberfest and Coats for Kids.

“This is a first for our club,” said Morning Kiwanis Club President Beverly Meyer of the community partnerships. “But we are excited to have the additional revenue for our community projects.”

Businesses on board in the inaugural year of Kiwanis Community Partners are Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery; Ron’s Tire Pros; MattressLand & Furniture; Findlay Chevy, Buick, GMC and Used Car Center; Mohave Resort Golf Club and Huukan Golf Club; Kids Little Smiles Dentist; Rim Country’s Rock-N-Yard; and Wickersham Insurance Agency.

“What it means is we can do more in the community,” said Larry Tunforss, sponsorship coordinator. “Whether that means more swimming lessons, more scholarships, more capital improvements. ... We’re looking at branching out (into additional projects).”

Tunforss said the club members will determine the direction of any expansion of projects in the Tri-state. The club holds its first meeting of 2019 today.

“We’re getting ideas from our members,” Tunforss said. “We want them to come up with as many ideas as possible.”

The Morning Kiwanis Club either conducts outright or participates in more than 20 events annually, including fundraisers to support its many projects aimed at providing services, opportunities and improvements for youths.

In 2018, the Kiwanis conducted the first Kiwanis Kids Expo with plans to make it an annual event; Kiwanis also took part in the inaugural Oktoberfest, selling concessions as a fundraiser with plans to do it again this year.

The Coats For Kids program, a partnership with the local Realtors association, distributes free coats to students in need in Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Laughlin, Topock and Needles. And for more than 10 years, the club has covered the cost of swim lessons for all children in the first and second years of lessons. The club sponsors Key Clubs at local high schools.

The club also conducts its BUGS (Bring Up Grades Successfully) Program at five elementary schools in Bullhead City, participates in the community outreach program for the Colorado River Concert Association, takes part in highway cleanups on the Bullhead Parkway, Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Operation Cool Shade tree distribution, teams with the Colorado River Noon Kiwanis Club for a float in the Paul Walsh Veterans Parade, and enters a float in the Colorado River Women’s Council’s annual Boom Box Parade.

Tunforss said the eight sponsors — and continued support from four media sponsors — help ensure that those programs will be successful.

The eight Kiwanis Community Partners each agreed to contribute $2,000 in sponsorships.

“Each $2,000 annual sponsorship includes a club membership for the year, a large sponsor plaque, placement on a custom sponsorship banner and mentions in all press releases and radio public service announcements,” Tunforss said. “There are other benefits that will present themselves during the next year. Most of all, the sponsors are locally owned and operated family businesses.”

Media sponsors include Murphy Broadcasting, News West Publishing (parent of the Mohave Valley Daily News, Laughlin Nevada Times, Needles Desert Star and Laughin Entertainer), KLBC-TV 2 and Radio Central. Their sponsorships include providing publicity and promoting events.

“This program would not be possible without media partners,” Tunforss said. “Over the year, these four media partners could total over $15,000 in trade. But they all know it’s for the kids.”

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