Jogathon Wrap-up

jogathon shoesThank you to the Jogathon Co-Chairs Elena Boland and Candice Junge, and Dawn LaGuardia for working tirelessly to make this one of the most profitable fundraisers in MCN history!


The Apex Fun Run staff truly inspired the students and teachers with their enthusiasm and leadership lessons. We decided to partner with Apex for 2 reasons:

1- TIME- Apex invests approximately 300 hours of time in each of their Jogathon events. We wanted to ease the pressure of this large time commitment on our parents.
2- MONEY- Apex clients average 50% more profit than schools that conduct the events themselves. After calling and speaking with some of their clients (other elementary schools), and hearing their positive reviews, the MCN decided to try it.

As of today (Dec. 16), the MCN has earned $31,173 (after expenses)

Apex Provided the following prizes and materials to students and staff:

Snapband 333 Poster 62
Foam Rocket 325 RC Car 37
Yoyo 121 Air Suit 18
Frisbee 151 Green Machine 2
Dodgeball 87 Xbox Cubes 25
Bag 62 T-shirts 448
Glasses 62 $10 Donation to Children’s Hospital 62
Socks 62

Class Party’s
Pizza Party’s  3-4 Pizza Parties
Popsicle Party’s 4-6 Popsicle Parties

Apex received 48% of the Jogathon money that was raised by pledges. Apex covers their t-shirts, all the student awards, the class awards, their Team’s salaries, supplemental event insurance, marketing costs, equipment costs, travel and team expenses, training costs of the team, student pledge website costs, etc. Of that 48%, Apex indicated that they usually spend 30-35% on the above, with the remainder as profit.

Jogathon Budget Breakdown  
Sponsors (MCN only) $7,450.00
Total Pledges Raised $52,565
Total Paid to Apex ($25,275)
Total Paid to MCN $27,290
Total MCN Expenses ($3,567)
Total MCN Profit* $31,173

*Dollar Amount may vary based on additional pledges paid over Holiday Break. After the holiday break, we will update the final Jogathon financials.  We will also include the classrooms that won prizes.

Thank you to the Jogathon Sponsors who donated a total of $7,450:

Brian & Kerri Graver of Keller Williams, United Studios of Self Defense, The Vincze Family, Oak Park Dentistry for Children, Aid Alert Security, Exotic Thai, Adjuvo Technology, All Star Garage Door, Elegant Gardens Nursery, The Healthy Place, JRP Design & Remodel, Simi Pharmacy, Whirly Girl Music, PopInk Design Studio, Boys & Girls Club, Baskin Robbins, Noah Lowder – Aviara Realty, Reset Your Mindset, Sylvan Learning Center, Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, Jo-Son Learning, Joanne MacDonald- Coldwell Banker, Harley’s Simi Bowl, and Ralphs.


You can also view the MCN’s 2014-2015 budget on our website: MCN 2014-2015 Budget

Thank you for supporting MCN and MATES!

MATES Benefit Dinner and Auction

MATES Benefit Banner

The MATES Benefit Dinner and Auction
February 7, 2015 from 5:00-10:00pm
Boccaccio’s on the Lake

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and is attended by parents, friends and the community.

The silent auction will feature EXCLUSIVE items including coveted teacher time (exclusive FUN activities for your child with their teacher), librarian for the day, theme park tickets, original artwork, cooking classes, Photography packages, Summer camp sessions, gift cards to many of the best local restaurants, and other exciting baskets full of movie and comic swag, to name just a few!

The live auction will feature an EXCLUSIVE MATES parking pass for 2015/2016 school year, Executive Director (Principal) for the day, front row tickets to the Jr and Sr musicals, amazing vacation packages (including a week at Northstar in Lake Tahoe, and a San Diego weekend getaway package), beach house rentals, DJ services courtesy of Mr. LaGuardia, and several other exciting items to bid on!

We will have exclusive use of Boccaccio’s on the Lake where we will be served passed appetizers of teriyaki chicken skewers, peppered beef crostini’s, and mini crab cakes; there will be two sushi chefs making made to order rolls, stations of spanikopita, bruchetta, baby lamb chops, and BBQ tri-tip sliders, as well as salad with grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, and fresh bread. Dessert will include mini cannoli’s and fresh fruit.

Tickets are $50 per person (adults only) and must be reserved by January 16th.

 MAtes Benefit purchase

Any tickets purchased by December 19th will receive a complimentary entry into the Opportunity Drawing (includes a GoPro Hero 3, massage gift certificates, restaurant and local business gift cards, movie tickets, and more).

To purchase tickets via check, please print this RSVP FORM and return it to the MATES office. MCN is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization  Tax ID# 45-5538529

Boccaccio’s Restaurant is located at 32123 Lindero Canyon Rd. #110 Westlake Village, Ca 91361


Childcare available at MATES YMCA

Cost is $30 for one child & $15 for siblings
Includes dinner, crafts, games, and movie
Open to all MATES families; if your child(ren) do not attend YMCA for before/after care please complete one page emergency contact/information sheet & program waiver (available @YMCA)
Sign-up by January 30th by stopping in at the MATES YMCA.


Earn 13% for MATES at Shutterfly and Tiny Prints!

Earn 13% for MATES at Shutterfly and Tiny Prints!

Gearing Up to Order Your Holiday Cards and Photo Gifts?  We are excited to introduce a new “free money” program for MATES! If you will be shopping at Shutterfly* or Tiny Prints, please use our new MATES Storefront. Just use this link  and 13% of your purchases will be donated to MATES!! So go ahead and make those Holiday cards, order Holiday gifts and make some calendars, etc…..and earn some free money!  Share with your friends and family too!

Note: *Applies to all 6 of the Shutterfly brands (Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Treat, Wedding Paper Divas, thislife and Borrowlenses)

Restaurant Night: Panda Express

It’s MATES night at Panda Express at the corner of Moorpark and Janss’ Road. Spend time with friends, family, and neighbors while raising money for MATES. Print out this Panda Express FLYER, and when you present it to your server, for a portion of your bill will be donated to MATES. Please share with other local community members!

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014

11:30 am – 7:30 pm
1744 Moorpark Road (at Janss Road)  Thousand Oaks, CA 91360