The Billings Breakfast Exchange Club participates in many activities throughout the year to help promote Americanism, prevent child abuse, promote youth activities, and provide community service. Such activities include:
The Club raises its proceeds by selling beer and wine throughout the MetraPark Arena buildings and grounds. This allows the Club, through good sales and no labor cost, to raise thousands of dollars for nonprofits in Billings and the surrounding areas that fit our mission of the prevention of child abuse, and the support of Youth Programs, Americanism and Community Service.
The Food Truck Battle on the Yellowstone is a fundraiser where the proceeds specifically go to a Veteran’s organization. 10% of the sales from the food trucks and all proceeds from gate fees and beer sales will go to the organization(s) chosen.
The proceeds from our event will go to a non-profit called Veterans Matter that assists Veterans with obtaining housing through the Veterans Assisted Supported Housing (VASH) program. Veterans, generally homeless, get approved to receive the VASH vouchers to help them pay their monthly rent payment. This money for the vouchers comes from HUD. However, the Veterans still have to come up with a deposit, which many don't have. If they can't come up with the deposit, they lose their voucher for housing. The proceeds from this event will go towards assisting the Veterans with their required deposits.
There will be an entry fee of $5/person, kids 12 & under and Veterans will get free admission.
All Billings and surrounding area food trucks are invited to attend. 10% of the food truck sales will go to the non-profit as well as the profits from entry fees and beer sales.
There will be 2 bands playing throughout the day:
D'tective from 12-3
Brickhouse Band from 3:30-6:30
This will be a family friendly event, we will have a kid's zone which will include a castle tent with princesses and super heroes that kids can take pictures with, face painting, crafting, a large group painting project, and yard games.
Awards will be given to food trucks for "Best in Billings", voted on by the attendees as well as guest local celebrity judges.
There will also be informational booths on location geared towards Veteran's needs.
This year the Breakfast Exchange Club will team up with the other two Exchange Clubs in Billings (Billings Downtown and Billings Heights) and other non-profit groups to sell raffle tickets for the Playhouse Parade. All of the playhouses are donated by area building contractors and put up for raffle. All raffle ticket proceeds will be donated to area charities. Ticket sales will start around May 1st and will be available at the Playhouse Parade display in the Center Court of Rimrock Mall. Tickets can also be purchased through members of the Breakfast Exchange Club.
One of the most popular Exchange youth projects, the Youth of the Year Award recognizes hard-working high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership. This proven program not only rewards outstanding young people, but also provides an incentive for other youngsters to strive for equally high levels of achievement. The Breakfast Exchange club awards one student at Billings West High and one student at Billings Central Catholic High with a $2500 scholarship. The club's Youth of the Year advances to district competition, and ultimately, an opportunity to vie for the prestigious National Youth of the Year Award.
A.C.E. stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. This program recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance during their high school years. These changes have enabled the students to overcome adversities and prepare for graduation. As with the Youth of the Year award, the Breakfast Exchange Club awards the winner from Billings West High and Billings Central Catholic High with a $2500 scholarship. The club also submits their top A.C.E. Award winner to the district competition. Winners at the district level then have an opportunity to compete for the National A.C.E. Award.
The Freedom Shrine is an impressive, permanently mounted collection of 30 of the most important and historic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address. They show our nation's youth the strength and courage of their forefathers by allowing them to read, with their own eyes, the immortal words of inspired Americans who so decisively changed the course of history.
Each December before Christmas, the Breakfast Exchange Club treats over 50 children, who have been selected by the Salvation Army, to a $125 shopping spree at a local department store. We purchase necessary clothing, like jackets, gloves, and boots to keep them warm during Montana winters. We also purchase other essential clothes such as jeans, shoes, socks, and pajamas for these children.
Also in December, the Breakfast Exchange Club treats senior citizens to a tour of the Christmas lights illuminating homes and businesses in the Billings area. Three to five busloads depart for this fun event.
This exclusive Exchange Club program honors the quiet, good deeds of America's unsung heroes. The woman who regularly donates her time to care for disadvantaged children – the man who voluntarily instructs disabled persons in some skill or craft – these are the kinds of exceptional individuals that the Book of Golden Deeds Award aims to recognize. These extraordinary men and women exist in every community and might not otherwise be recognized for their tiring efforts. For some clubs, an annual awards banquet has become the social event of the year because the honored recipient is truly a hero of the community. The 2011 winner was Ed Weller, a 42-year member of the Breakfast Exchange Club. Congratulations, Ed and thank you for your years of service.