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High school student and father donate more than $10K to Boys and Girls Club

Posted: January 3, 2014 7:21 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Griffin Peters, 16, left, high-fives kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall after he presented a check for $10,850.00 to the organization on Friday.

For the past few years local high school student Griffin Peters has worked to raise thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

His most recent donation, which he officially delivered to the club in Newhall on Friday, totaled almost $11,000.
Peters, a junior at Canyon High School, said he raised the money by sending out emails and making calls asking for donations to the club.

“Many of my friends go to the club, I volunteered a few hours there and then I ended up making a fundraiser for it,” he said.

Peters said he has raised money for the club for the last few years, and every year the number seems to grow.

“I just think I’m reaching out to more and more people every year so that’s helping,” Peters said of his growing success.
Adding to the haul is his father, Craig, who matches the money he raises.

This year Griffin Peters was able to raise about $5,425 to donate to the club. With his father’s matching funds, that brought the total donation to just under $11,000.

“What Griffin’s been able to do though emails and his calls is properly articulate the need from his experience at the club and then go out and ask for the order,” Craig Peters said. “And it’s been very well received.”

Jim Ventress, the chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, said he thinks the donation is even more poignant because it comes from a teenager.

“I think it’s just a beautiful thing that we have caring young people in this community,” Ventress said. “And we don’t hear that enough.”

Plus the money will be put to good use at the club, Ventress said, perhaps going to restore portion of the club’s art program or helping fund more field trips.

“We were just very thrilled with what Griffin did,” Ventress said.

Griffin Peters said he plans on continuing to raise money for the club and hopes to collect even more next year.
His father said he will continue to match it.

“He hasn’t yet reached the point, my breaking point, so I’ll continue to match him,” said Craig Peters with a smile.
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