2016 Youth of the YearToday's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars Celebrates Youth of the Year

It’s been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

At BGCMP, there are 13 extraordinary teens that have certainly come a long way from their early Club days, and we are excited to celebrate their achievements and cheer them on to future successes.

On Saturday, March 19 at 5:00pm, BGCMP will host the Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event, presented by Universal Technical Institute, Inc., where these teens will share their stories of inspiration with more than 1,000 guests at the Arizona Biltmore. 

From community service to exemplary grades to thriving despite adversity, these teens were selected out of hundreds of Club teens across metro Phoenix to vie for the title of “Youth of the Year.” For the past several months, the group participated in a development program to learn about team building, communication, leadership and presentation skills.

In addition to crowning the 2016 “Youth of the Year,” attendees will dine on the Biltmore’s finest cuisine and have the opportunity to enjoy a large selection of silent auction items including high-end jewelry, restaurant experiences and sports memorabilia. The dinner program also includes a live auction of world-class vacations, hand-selected jewelry and other auction packages that can only be found at the event.

The evening festivities also include a special tribute to Champions of Giving Bob and Renee Parsons of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

All proceeds raised at the gala go directly to program support of 13 Clubs across metro Phoenix and the West Valley. 

Don’t miss out on the fun! Sponsorships and tables are now available for purchase at bgcmpstars.org.

See you there!



A Visit from Board of VisitorsBoard of Visitors

At last month’s Board Meeting, special recognition was given to Board of Visitors’ (BOV) Vice Chairman of Membership Cindy Good and Grants Committee Member Sue Royden. Good and Royden presented a check of $30,000 to support the Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic, which will serve 875 patients and provide more than 10,000 dental services this year alone. 

BGCMP received its first gift from BOV in 2005 and since then has received a total of $415,000 for the Dental Clinic. This year’s BOV gift will be used to fund supplies and equipment (including a long-awaited digitized record system) and Clinic staff time.

The Dental Clinic and BGCMP are very appreciative of many years of BOV support.

Attend Hearts-4-Clubs with Your Sweetheart

The Heart-4-Clubs Casino Night is this Friday! Bring your sweetheart and celebrate Valentine’s Day at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 12 at Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row.

Try your hand at casino games such as blackjack, poker and craps while enjoying scrumptious cuisine and signature cocktails, all to benefit after-school programs at BGCMP. For more information, visit the event page.


Connect FeatureConnect President Featured In Uptown

Justin Low, President of Connect volunteer group, is featured in this month’s issue of Uptown. In the interview, Low talks about the work Connect does on behalf of BGCMP and how he balances volunteering and his job at Morgan Stanley.

To read the full feature, visit the website here.


Cox Tech CenterBoard Member Honored with Phil Fingerhut Spirit Award

At a recent meeting, BGCMP honored Board Member Suzee Smith-Everhard of Cox Communications with the Phil Fingerhut Spirit Award. The award, named after former board member Phil Fingerhut, is the highest honor BGCMP bestows upon a current board member. 

Suzee has used her love for and connection to technology to help thousands of Club kids across the Valley to learn new tech skills for their education now and future careers. Last year, she brought a national Cox program to a local level and organized technology centers in nine Clubs, where kids can do homework and play educational games. She also was instrumental in bringing a new STEM program called Xtronaut to the Clubs, where kids learn about space exploration through science, technology, engineering and math.

From shopping with kids at Back-to-School Shopping to providing the i-mag for live feed at Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars, Suzee is always willing to lend a hand. She is also a strong fundraiser and has raised thousands of dollars for BGCMP. 

Suzee is in great company. Past recipients include Kim McWaters, Glenn Pahnke, Craig and Scott Thorn, Diane Constantino, Wayne Allcott, Buzz Sands, Dave Sciotto, Karlene Keogh-Parks, Ed Sucato, Jamie Brody, Jack Gleason, Landon Jarrett, Mal Straus, Ed Robson, Chuck Artigue and Bill Peltier.

Congratulations again, Suzee! We are so lucky to have you as a part of BGCMP and thankful for your continuous support. 


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

As a member of the Spencer D. Mary Jane Stewart Branch, Hunter Lowery participates in Torch Club, the Stomp drum line, football and basketball. He is also the Branch’s “Kid of the Year,” and is hoping to achieve his dreams of playing in the NBA. 

Click here to see his Character Counts segment on Fox Sports Arizona.

Sands Branch Member Hits the CourtSands Branch Member - Isaiah

At a recent Phoenix Suns game, Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch member and “Kid of the Year” Isaiah Olivas was presented the "Community Assist" award before hundreds of Suns fans. This award is given to outstanding volunteers who help others in their communities. Suns community ambassador and alumnus, Steven Hunter, who received the “Community Assist” award during the 2004-2005 Suns season, presented the award to Olivas.  He joined other award winners including Support My Club founder Amy Armstrong, outstanding youth and honorary Suns office member Jared Ornoski, and Suns center Tyson Chandler. 

Ten-year-old Olivas is a member of the Jr. Suns basketball team, and also enjoys computer coding program, soccer and coach-pitch baseball. He is known around the Club for his positivity, willingness to help and his participation in so many activities.

“Isaiah gets involved with practically every program here at the Club,” says Joseph Young, Program Manager at the Sands Branch. “He is also involved with our 'Better to Give' program in which he has taken multiple trips to a local senior center to makes arts and crafts, sing Christmas carols and spend time with the senior citizens. He takes full advantage of the opportunities we offer here at the Club and is always enthusiastic about sharing his enjoyment with us.”

Cox Communications

Cox Communications is known for providing technology to millions of households in many parts of the U.S., but they are also known for their support of BGCMP events and Club kids.

Each school day, Club kids and teens utilize the Cox Communications Technology Centers' computers and software to do homework and play educational games. 

In addition, Cox sponsors our signature events Dish It Out and Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars with a variety of technical and production support. 

Thank you, Cox Communications, for you commitment to bringing technology to BGCMP!


Catch the Excitement at a Fish Fry FundraiserOriginal Breakfast House

Between February 12 and March 25, The Original Breakfast House is hosting a Fish Fry every Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. to benefit BGCMP’s nearby Ed Robson Family Branch. Enjoy all you care to eat fried cod, fries and coleslaw for $12.95.

Dress for Less, Give More


Shop at multiple ROSS locations in the Metro Phoenix area and you can help our Clubs. Between February 7-27, customers are invited to shop and make a donation at the register for Boys & Girls Clubs.

PF Changs

Monkey Around at P.F. Chang's to Help BGCMP

This month, P.F. Chang’s locations nationwide will celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY) and the Year of the Monkey with a new special menu. One dollar ($1) from the purchase of an item off the CNY menu will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. A photo or personal wish shared with the hashtag #PFChangsWish will trigger a $1 donation for a total donation up to of $100,000.


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 friends@bgcmp.org for more information.

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 bkuluris@bgcmp.org.



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