The Guardsmen Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco for Service to At-Risk Bay Area Youth

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New Camp Mendocino lodge to be named “The Guardsmen Lodge” in honor of funding 35,000+ kids sent to camp

The Guardsmen ( were recently honored at Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (BGCSF) Annual Gala celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Camp Mendocino, the Club’s summer camp in Mendocino County. The event, held on May 4th, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall, recognized The Guardsmen for their decades of support of Camp Mendocino. Since 1947, The Guardsmen has raised more than $45 million to support at-risk youth in the Bay Area and provided the funds to send over 35,000 BGCSF members to Camp Mendocino.

As part of the ceremony honoring The Guardsmen for their charitable efforts, BGCSF board chairman Rocky Fried announced that a new lodge at Camp Mendocino will be named “The Guardsmen Lodge” as a permanent tribute to recognize the efforts of The Guardsmen.

“We simply could not run Camp Mendocino without the Guardsmen,” said Rob Connolly, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. “Over the years, the membership of The Guardsmen has donated considerable time, talent and money to further our mission of inspiring and enabling young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Their continued support will ensure that we can create tomorrow’s parents, workforce and leaders for generations to come.”

More than 60 members of The Guardsmen attended the gala event, including 16 past presidents of the organization. But the real stars of the evening were the members of Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, who shared heartwarming stories and presentations about how their campership experience at Camp Mendocino enriched their lives.

“On behalf of The Guardsmen, we are honored to partner with the BGCSF to impact the lives of so many kids in the Bay Area,” said Guardsmen President Marc Baluda. “We are fortunate to be in a position to leverage the talents and resources of our membership to invest in the future of today’s Bay Area youth by giving them a sense of hope--and to let kids be kids.”

Photos of the event are available to media at

For Media Inquiries please contact: John Garrett, sfguardsmen(at)gmail(dot)com

About The Guardsmen
Founded in 1947, The Guardsmen ( is a group of 150 Bay Area professionals who mobilize their significant talents and resources to enhance and improve the lives of at-risk youth. This all-volunteer organization provides access to high-quality educational and outdoor activities for inner-city youth. The opportunities created through The Guardsmen's scholarship and campership programs every year gives children who otherwise would not have a chance at success are given the opportunity to excel as productive members of society.


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