Facebook53Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Business BankAfter a nationwide search for a Chief Executive Officer, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County is proud to announce the hiring of Craig McElfresh as their new CEO.Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County announces the hiring of Craig McElfresh as their new CEOThe 8- member board and community leader search committee conducted an extensive, nationwide search with the help of a professional search firm. “We are extremely grateful for the committee’s dedication and expertise to select Craig as our new CEO from a field of very competitive candidates”, says Search Committee Chair, Christie Agtarap.“We wanted to leverage our growth and impact, to serve more kids and recognized that we needed a transformational leader to take the organization to another performance level and we found that leader in Craig,” says Sam Bovard, Board Chair.McElfresh cultivated his drive for excellence in organizational leadership and management during his 36 years at The Boeing Company. There he held various technical and senior management roles in process engineering, product development, project management, quality assurance, business operations, program management, and technology planning for commercial, space, and defense sectors. He led regional, national, and international teams and projects, including support for the advanced technology 787 commercial airplane.In 2015, McElfresh joined the non-profit, Pioneer Human Services, a company focused on treatment, employment, and housing for youth and adults with criminal histories or justice involved. There he held increasing roles of executive level responsibility.His passion and leadership in youth development in his community is evident in the leadership and volunteer roles he has assumed during his career. He has coached youth of all ages, boys and girls, in baseball and basketball. He originated a 501c3 community-centered baseball program for youth, and co-developed a community-centered youth basketball program. He was on the Auburn Youth Career Advisory Council, the Auburn YMCA Board of Managers, and mentored youth in a leadership program supporting the regional youth career fair.Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Project Management emphasis, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and holds an active Certification in Project Management from Project Management Institute.Craig is excited about his new role in a vibrant community saying, “Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County are located in towns and cities, in the heartbeat of the community, where precious kids are supported and served by compassionate adults who commit their resources to provide quality facilities and life-enriching programs. This is an exciting, pinnacle opportunity for me to work with diverse people and organizations, build upon the club-level success of the past 17 years, and grow our ability to positively impact the lives of more kids. Converging almost 40 years of career and professional experience with parallel community service for kids is a dream come true. My wife and I are absolutely thrilled to live in this community and join this amazing organization!”Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s mission is to inspire and enable youth to realize their greatness. They provide safe places to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life enhancing programs; character development experiences; hope and opportunity. The Clubs promote academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles so they are better prepared to graduate from high school and thrive as adults. Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County has grown to five Clubs in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Tenino and Rochester in 17 years serving on average 700 youth per day and over 3,000 youth annually.
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FINISH LINES: Rebel Stakes winner Cupid worked four furlongs for Bob Baffert Thursday in 48.40, while Sorrento winner Pretty N Cool went the same distance for Baffert with Mike Smith up in 48 flat. Baffert trainee American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, went four furlongs in 48.60 in company with an unnamed stablemate whose dam is Fortunate Queen, also timed in 48.60 . . . Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge tournament winner Hesham Ragab and horse players Carlon Rogers and Rajiv Rishi will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively, 12:20 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Tomorrow, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States takes place at Santa Anita in the form of 626 Night Market. The growing entertainment tradition features merchandise vendors, games, food, music, and more. For more information, visit santaanita.com/events or www.626nightmarket.com. Fernando Perez861110813%34%$421,488 IMPROVING BEACHMARCHAIS STEPS UP IN AFFIRMEDBeachmarchais steps up from a smashing 5 ½-length victory against $75,000 maiden claiming horses to Saturday’s Affirmed Stakes, but Simon Callaghan feels the Florida-bred son of Big Drama deserves the chance.“He’s simply getting better,” the trainer said. “Stretching out in distance for the first time last out (at a mile) he showed there’s more improvement to come. He needs to step up his game but I think he’s heading in the right direction.” SUNDAY RULES SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT AT SANTA ANITALeading trainer Phil D’Amato hopes to have a bang-up Fourth of July Monday with Sunday Rules when the five-year-old mare runs in the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap, one in the popular Golden State Series, this for fillies and mares, three and up, at six furlongs.Sunday Rules, a daughter of the late Tribal Rule owned and bred by Nick Alexander, won three straight including the California Cup Sprint on Jan. 30 before fading to ninth after setting the pace in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland last out on April 9.“She’s been training well; her last couple breezes were dynamite,” said D’Amato, who also could enter Sidepocket Sue in the Spring Fever. “We’re looking forward to running Sunday Rules back at Santa Anita (where she is unbeaten in five starts).”D’Amato is well on his way to his second straight Santa Anita training title and overall his second ever, with a 22-13 lead over runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer and only eight racing days remaining in the Spring Meet.“We’re running our horses through their conditions and they’re all firing,” he said. “We’re doing well.” The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.VISIT http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES. BAFFERT SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ IN AFFIRMEDDanzing Candy makes his first start for Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, and the Hall of Fame trainer is anxious to see what he’s got.“It will be interesting,” Baffert said between workers Thursday morning. “His last two races were sort of disasters. We taught him how to harness some of that speed. He’s got a good post and we should have options from there (No. five in a field of five).”Danzing Candy won the Grade II San Felipe Stakes last March when trained by Cliff Sise Jr. prior to finishing fourth by 13 ¼ lengths in the sloppy Santa Anita Derby and 15th by 20 lengths in the Kentucky Derby after leading both races.The Affirmed marks the first race under Baffert’s supervision.“I’m looking forward to seeing if what we’ve done has made a difference and to see what we have,” Baffert said.The field for the Affirmed, named for the 1978 Triple Crown winner: Curlin Rules, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Beaumarchais, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Prince of Arabia, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Danzing Candy, Rafael Bejarano, 2-5. (Current Through Sunday, June 26) Mark Glatt6411131017%53%$406,666 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo12023171719%48%$1,378,763 LIVING THE LIFE LOOKS FOR PASSING GRADE SUNDAYLiving the Life, a versatile Irish-bred mare trained by Gary Mandella, moves from a Grade III victory on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface back to dirt Sunday when she runs in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.The six-year-old bay daughter of Footstepsinthesand has run in eight straight graded stakes prior to Sunday’s Southern Truce.“It would be nice to get a win with her on dirt,” Mandella said, “but her races sprinting on it were really good against a little tougher competition than what she’ll see on Sunday.“Obviously, you always have more confidence with her on synthetic, but she traded punches with some very nice fillies like (Grade I winners) Tara’s Tango and Taris on dirt and I’m happy to be away from them.” Tyler Baze17028332716%52%$1,401,534 Flavien Prat12433191727%56%$1,649,387 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato862217726%53%$1,475,698 Rafael Bejarano15839302825%61%$2,178,245 Bob Baffert46119624%57%$684,203 Edwin Maldonado13122211317%43%$893,666 FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ AND MORE ON DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4Monday, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 DANZING CANDY DEBUTS FOR BAFFERT IN AFFIRMEDD’AMATO EYES BANGUP FOURTH WITH SUNDAY RULESVERSATILE LIVING THE LIFE RETURNS TO MAIN TRACKFAN APPRECIATION DAY, DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, JULY 4 Mike Puype48104521%40%$312,130 Jerry Hollendorfer681371319%49%$925,543 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith37117130%51%$846,437 Santiago Gonzalez15617222511%41%$909,200 Peter Miller541012719%54%$463,660