Holiday Shopping Brightens the Season

More than 70 well-deserving Club kids were joined by 70 board members and guests for the annual Holiday Shopping event at the Walmart Supercenter on Northsight Blvd. Together, the kids and board members shopped for fun toys and winter essentials like pajamas, shoes and coats for chilly walks to school. The shopping spree concluded with lunch provided by Walmart.

Shoppers weren’t the only ones in the holiday spirit. Strangers were so touched by the display of kindness that they made donations on the spot to buy toys for Club kids.

Thank you to all who took the kids shopping or donated. You truly made the holidays special for this group of kids! 

Holiday Shopping 2015  Holiday Shopping 2015

Board Member Clarissa Cerda and her Club shopper picked up some fuzzy stuffed animals.                        Board Member Darryl Phillips and son Dustyn get ready to go shopping with his Club shopper.

Holiday Shopping 2015  Holiday Shopping 2015

Club kids sport some new shades with Board Member Steve Sklar and his son Jack.                                    The shoppers end their spree with lunch provided by Walmart.


A Sense of ObligationGlenn Pahnke

From night to night, young Glenn Pahnke wasn’t sure who, exactly, would be sleeping on the floor of his family’s modest Wisconsin home, or who would be sitting at the dinner table. Pahnke’s father, a Lutheran clergyman, ran a youth ministry for runaway boys and, well, runaways need a place to sleep and something to eat, after all.

They didn’t have much, the Pahnkes, but what was theirs they shared. Mom was a Lutheran schoolteacher whose demeanor and physical attributes were akin to SNL’s “Church Lady,” Glenn Pahnke recalls, laughing. Fitting, since church and faith were imbedded into their life’s fabric, and with it, tithing. But what they couldn’t always contribute with a check, the Pahnkes gave in time and attention. Dad, for example, never once passed a broken-down car on the side of the road without stopping.

“We changed a lot of tires,” Pahnke says.

When one runaway boy kept returning, in between car thefts and misdemeanors, the Pahnkes adopted him. Terry was 10 years old. Young Glenn was learning by example, observing the way in which his parents lived their lives, the manner by which his family had formed. And it’s there we must start this story about one man’s sense of obligation.

For more on Pahnke’s sense of obligation, check out the full feature here.


 Hit the Course This Weekend at Birdies & Greens

birdies-greens_logoThere are still a few more foursomes left for the 9th annual Birdies & Greens Golf Classic presented by Investor Hub!

Get your clubs ready for tomorrow, Dec. 12 at 12 p.m. at Gainey Ranch Golf Club. Golfers will have the chance to compete for individual prizes such as Longest Drive and Closest-to-the-Pin and for first, second and third place. Some fun raffle prizes will also be up for grabs.

Sponsorships and foursomes are almost sold out so be sure to reserve your spot today! Click here to register or contact Emily Denes by phone at 602-343-1247.

Birdies & Greens is organized by Connect, committed ambassadors for BGCMP.


Save the Date: Hearts-4-Clubs on February 12

Mark your calendars for next year’s Hearts-4-Clubs Charity Casino Night on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Bring your Valentine and enjoy some Black Jack, Craps and Texas Hold ‘Em. For more details, visit the Hearts-4-Clubs event page.


Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars Set for March 19

Stars 2016

We invite you to join us at the Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars on March 19, 2016 as we celebrate 13 extraordinary Youth of the Year, as well as this year’s Champions of Giving Bob & Renee Parsons. The highlight of the evening will be the naming of the 2016 Youth of the Year.

The night will be filled with inspirational stories from our Club teens; fine food; world-class auction prizes, such as luxury vacations, cars and experiences; and an extensive silent auction. Known as one of the top galas in the Valley, the event will benefit life-saving programs of BGCMP. Click here for more event details and information about how you can get involved.

 

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

Fox Sports Character Counts Kid of the Month Vianey Escargaza is a leader on the football field and in the SMART Girls program. She is now using those leadership skills to run for president of Torch Club!

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

 


Ho-Ho-Holidays at BGCMP

The holidays are in full swing right now and you can help make this season a memorable one at the Clubhouses!

Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and make the celebrations magical for the kids.

Your donation of:

  •  $1,300 will provide a Holiday Party Dinner for one Club (approx. 250 guests)
  •  $2,000 will purchase gifts for 200 Youth at one Club
  •  $1,000 will purchase gifts for 100 Teens at one Club 

Contact Valerie Pearson at 602-954-8182 if interested in donating.

Plus, you are invited! Volunteer to spread some holiday cheer in person and see the bright smiling faces of kids at the Club! Click here to see a schedule of all Clubhouse holiday parties.

Season For Sharing

We are a proud Season for Sharing partner! The Arizona Republic’s fundraising drive elebrates the impact of donations to non-profits across the state of Arizona. Last year, BGCMP received $32,000 for the Academic Success Programs at all Valley Clubs.

Thank you for being a wonderful partner, Season for Sharing and for your commitment to educating Valley kids!

Tis' the Season for Giving

Tax Credit 2015

Have you changed a life this holiday season? Lucky for you, it’s easy through the Working Poor Tax Credit.

Redirect your tax dollars to BGCMP to more than 30,000 kids across the Valley who rely on the Clubs for support, academic help, food and opportunities to become a productive citizen. You can donate up to $200 individually or $400 if you are married and get it back during tax season.

For more information or to donate, visit BGCMP’s tax credit webpage. Contributions must be received by December 31 to be eligible for 2015 tax filing.


AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile

Did you know that while you are busy buying presents this holiday season, you can also help BGCMP? Shop via Amazon Smile and a percentage of the purchase price goes to BGCMP. Simply click on this link and start filling up your shopping basket! And buy yourself a few items while you’re at it! You deserve it.


Friends of BGCMP

Friends of Boys & Girls Clubs

BGCMP hosts many fundraising events a year, from golf tournaments to auctions to dining experiences. 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 smile. If interested, please email friends@bgcmp.org.


 

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