Locals celebrate youth, enjoy family time

by Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer 0

The Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club hosted their 8th annual “Day For Kids” event this past Saturday at Newhall Park.

From 12pm til 5pm kids along with their families were able to come down to enjoy a day full of free games, entertainment, food, raffle give-away, and snow cones.

“Every year for me is trying to explain to some of the new people the definition of free,” said Jim Ventress Chief Professional Officer of Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. “No catch, enjoy your families and enjoy your kids, make it a day for the kids.”

“Citibank loves to be a part of the community,” said Marjorie Blietz Vice President of Citibank. “This was a perfect thing for us to sponsor.”

With an estimated 4000 to 5000 people attending over 45 organizations were on hand to help contribute to this free event.

“It’s so expensive these days especially when you have a family of two or three kids,” said Steven Rice of Crossroads Community Church. “The reality is that it is a expensive proposition if you would like to do something with the kids.”

“We like doing this because it gives us an opportunity to help provide families to come to have a great time,” he said.

Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer

Born and raised in city of Santa Clarita, Oscar Rogel is a full time student at College Of The Canyons, and has a full time job. Oscar is on his way to being the first in his family to earn his AA degree. He is currently enrolled in the MEA 225 class to continue to improve his skills in all areas to one day work for a Television News or Radio Station. Oscar has some nice experience when it comes to being in front of crowd or being asked to get a job done. From 2004 to 2010 Oscar served in United States Marines Corps where he was a Motarman for his Marine reserve unit and in 2009 deployed overseas to Iraq. In between that time frame Oscar also continued to take classes at C.O.C. and discovering a passion for music learning how to play guitar and bass and being part of a few bands along the way playing a couple of live shows. He has had experience with doing some work with SCVTV and interning at KHTS radio. In the end Oscar Rogel brings discipline, patience, a hard work ethic, and a eagerness to learn more to improve his skills.

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