Congratulations to Arianna Williams, Our 2016 Youth of the Year

Last month’s Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars at the Arizona Biltmore was a night of inspiration and generosity as BGCMP celebrated 13 Club teens and raised more than $2.1 million in net proceeds to support Valley Clubs.

During the gala, Arianna Williams of the Warner A. Gabel Branch was named this year’s “Youth of the Year.” A victim of bullying, Williams found a supportive second home at the Gabel Branch where she became active in many Club activities, including the Leaders in Training volunteer program and used her love of theater to create a broadcasting Club program called "Lights, Camera, Teens!"

The senior at Mountain Pointe High School has been accepted into New York University and recently auditioned at the Tisch School of the Arts. “My Club recognized how hard I worked academically and in my extracurricular activities,” she says. “Because of that support, I’m able to pursue my dream of going to college to study journalism and theater.”

Guests of the event cheered on Williams and the other teens and while also participating in a live auction. Thirteen live “Stars auction packages” were sold, including two Adele concert ticket packages with Gauthier jewelry for $32,500 each, as well as a Breitling Limited Edition Navitimer 01 Honor Flight watch and gift certificates to Molina Fine Jewelers and Saks Fifth Avenue for $20,000. In addition, Buzz Sands, owner of Sands Chevrolet, who has donated a new car every year since the event started 16 years ago, offered the highest bidder the choice of a 2017 Chevy Tahoe or Corvette. The package sold for $70,000.

The event also honored Bob and Renee Parsons of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, the night’s Champions of Giving. During the evening, the Parsons generously matched the $411,000 raised from the “Sponsor-A-Youth” direct support program, allowing BGCMP to maintain its after-school and summer day camp services in the Valley’s most dangerous and deserving neighborhoods. In addition, the Parsons surprised each Youth of the Year with a $20,000 college scholarship.

For more photos if the event, please visit  Thank you to all who attended and donated!



Don't Miss The Big Event

Our Connect volunteer group is hosting its seventh annual charity gala - “The Big Event” - which will take place on at 6:00p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. Guests will enjoy an evening full of fine cuisine, auctions and live entertainment with all proceeds directly benefitting the Valley’s most deserving kids.

 Some of the Valley’s favorite local restaurants  - including The Gladly, Larder + Delta, 24 Carrots and Hummus Express - will set up tasting stations where guests will be able to sample delectable dishes while enjoying signature cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “The Big Event” will also include live entertainment and more than 200 live and silent auction items.

Tickets are $100 per person in advance and $125 per person at the door. Click here to purchase tickets, with all proceeds benefitting BGCMP.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available and offer a great way for organizations to show their commitment to Valley kids and increase their visibility among some of the Valley’s young professionals.

 BGCMP Celebrates National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month and here at BGCMP, we love our volunteers and the good they do for our Clubs. From reading to kids to washing Club buses, volunteers are at the heart of our success.

Here are a few ways our partners helped us recently:

  • On March 2, volunteers from Ross Stores visited the Woodrow C. Scoutten/Tolleson Branch for Family Reading Night. The Tolleson Branch is a recipient of the Ross Power Hour Grant and was delighted to have the Ross volunteers read with members and enjoy educational activities.

  • A group of Western Refining volunteers recently polished and  shined Club buses. The members from I.G. Homes Branch, Swift Kids Branch, Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig, Ed Robson Family Branch and Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch are now enjoying spick and span mini-buses thanks to the volunteers’ efforts.

  • Hundreds of Bank of America employees from across the country spent time during their conference at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess building fun games for all 13 Clubs. Each Club received bikes, ladder toss and corn hole games built by the volunteers. 

If you would like to volunteer with BGCMP, visit

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Friends of BGCMPFriends of Boys & Girls Clubs

From golf tournaments to auctions to dining experiences, BGCMP hosts many fundraising events a year. Volunteers are always needed to help these events run smoothly. Friends of Boys & Girls Clubs is a group of people that volunteer their time and talents throughout the year at various events. No monetary obligation is required, just your time and positive attitude. If you're interested, please email for more information.

We are hiring!

Interested in making a difference in children's lives, having fun at work every day and receiving great benefits?

Apply to join the BGCMP team today! We are currently hiring Activity Leaders, Branch Assistants, Impact Specialists and Teen Specialists.

To find out more about these positions and to apply, visit:


Because we skipped last month's newsletter, we are introducing two Character Counts Kids this month.

Meet Maya: Fox Sports AZ Character Counts Kid of the Month

Fox Sports Arizona Character Counts

Meet Maya Martinez, Club member of the Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch. The thoughtful 11-year-old loves to spend time in the Learning Center and read classics like Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in the Willows and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She also loves to draw and participate in the SMART Girls Club.

Click here to check out the full Character Counts segment on Fox Sports Arizona.




Fox Sports Arizona Character CountsMeet Makayla: Fox Sports AZ Character Counts Kid of the Month

Meet Makayla Young, a Club member from the I.G. Homes Branch. She is known around the Club for her helpful attitude and being a great role model to the younger Clubs. She loves to go her Club to learn everything from technology in the Learning Center to how to draw in the art room.

Click here to see her full segment.

Summer Day Camp 2016

Summer Day Camp Registration is Coming Up

Within weeks, school will be closed for summer and 13 BGCMP Clubs will open for Summer Day Camp.

BGCMP is holding open registration on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at all 13 Valley Clubs for affordable and engaging educational Summer Day Camp programs. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Day Camp programs are available five days per week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are available for one-week to three-week sessions. In keeping with the BGCMP philosophy of Fun with a Purpose; Be Great, Do Good; Healthy Choices; and Academic Success, Summer Day Camps include a broad range of programs including: 

  • The Arts
  • Sports and recreation
  • Education enrichment
  • Technology access and skill building
  • Social recreation
  • Fieldtrips and unique summer day camp experiences
  • Daily nutritious breakfast and lunch, at no additional cost

Fees range from $30 to $150 per session. Please contact your nearest Club for session prices. Financial assistance available based on 2015 tax forms. Enrollment fee of $30 is required.

For more information, visit

Universal Technical Institute

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 190,000 graduates in its 50-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 campus locations across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers.

Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).

For many years, UTI has supported a variety of our events, programs and Board of Directors, including the title sponsorship of our Stars gala.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to the team at UTI for making a positive difference in the lives of our Club youth and teens! Together, we are changing the lives of our Club members... one kid at a time. 

A Crafty ContributionJo-Ann Fabrics

Do you want to help Open the Door to Great Futures? Stop by your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and donate to Boys & Girls Clubs. Click here to find your nearest store.

Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

Purchase a sauce or seasoning bottle where $1 from each bottle goes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America or join us for our third annual Community Day on Wednesday, April 13. Head into a local participating B-Dubs® that day, or order online, and we will donate 10% of total sales.

The Document Destroyer Invades Phoenix

 If you still have your utility bill from 1996 or you’re holding on to your Atari warranty, it’s time to destroy your documents! Come to the University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the Document Destroyer Event.

Combat the threat of potential identity theft and have the professionals from Iron Mountain (document shredding company) take care of shredding your old bills and sensitive information.

For a minimum donation of just $5, Iron Mountain will shred up to 10 boxes of documents for you. Additional boxes will be $3 per box. All proceeds will benefit 30,000 Valley youth who learn how to make healthy choices, develop leadership skills, have fun with a purpose and achieve academic success while attending the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

What: Document Destroyer Event 

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Southwest Corner of University of Phoenix Stadium1 Cardinals Drive Glendale, AZ 85305Document Destroyer

Planned Giving

A New Year is a new beginning and a good opportunity to set goals for the coming year and beyond. Now is an excellent time to consider your goals for:

1. Yourself
2. Your loved ones
3. The causes that mean the most to you

Find out more about charitable gift and estate planning strategies by clicking here or by emailing Brad Kuluris



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