Dish It Out Brings the Heat

Dish It Out 2015

On Oct. 25, more than 2,000 Valley foodies headed to High Street for a night of amazing local food and beverages, luxury experiences and a culinary showdown.

The third annual Dish It Out brought together more than 40 local restaurants, beverage vendors and experiences who served up their Sunday best to hungry attendees. From samples of filet mignon, sushi, craft beers and wine to a bourbon tasting, hand-rolled cigars and top-notch talent, guests went home satisfied. The main event – the culinary showdown of Phoenix’s top chefs – had the crowd cheering for their favorite competitor. Chef Chris McKinley emerged victorious and took home the belt and title of Dish It Out Champion.

The best part is that all of the great food and fun times were for a great cause! The event raised more than $265,000 net for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to fuel the life-changing programs offered at the 13 Club across Phoenix and the West Valley.

Thank you to all who made this event such a huge success!

For photos from the event, visit the Dish It Out Facebook.

Dish It Out 2015  Dish It Out 2015

Fogo de Chão grills up their signature steak Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri                            Dish It Out Sunset Photo Credit: Jenelle Bonifield of Food & Lifestyles

Dish It Out 2015  Dish It Out 2015

The crowd watches the culinary clash.  Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri                                    Chris McKinley whips up a delicious dish. Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri

Teeing Off for BGCMP!

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Mayors' Challenge - November 20 The Mayors’ Challenge is back for its 20th year! The golf tournament benefiting the Tri-City/Thornwood Branch will take place on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. at the Wigwam Golf Course.

This year’s proceeds will go toward capital improvements and renovations at the Club.

Interested in participating? Visit the Mayors’ Challenge website or contact Tim Emory by phone at 602-757-2641.

Jiffy Lube & Safety-Kleen Golf Tournament - November 20 Grab your golf clubs and participate in the Inaugural Jiffy Lube & Safety-Kleen Golf Tournament on Friday, Nov. 20.

The tournament will take place at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m.

Interested in taking part? Contact Andy Welch at or by phone at (480) 294-5473.

Birdies & Greens - December 12 We hope you’ve been practicing your swings because the 9th annual Birdies & Greens Golf Classic presented by The Investor Hub is coming up next month!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, 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 filling up quickly 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. 


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

Whether, it’s his fancy footwork on the football field or doing homework in the Learning Center, Fox Sports Character Counts Kids of the Month Alexis Gonzales’ personality shines through. Check out his Character Counts segment on Fox Sports Arizona.

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

BGCMP Xtronauts Take Off

A space explorer and former Club cadet is launching a new STEM program called Xtronaut into all 13 Clubs. The interstellar comprehensive curriculum, created by Dr. Lante Lauretta, is based off a real space mission called Osiris Rex that is set to launch next September and travel to the Bennu asteroid. Osiris Rex will collect samples from the asteroid and bring them back to Earth. Dr. Lauretta, principal investigator of the Osiris Rex mission and University of Arizona professor, grew up spending his summers at the Rosenzweig Branch. His hope is that Club kids involved in Xtronaut will grow up to study the samples brought back by Osiris Rex.

Aspiring astronauts in the Clubs will use their science, technology, engineering and math skills to work on Xtronaut activities about planet orbits, identifying meteorites, determining space craft distances and more. BGCMP Club Staff recently took part in a training that will launch a new STEM Program called Xtronaut into all 13 Clubs. The program was made possible by funding from Cox Communications.



Dr. Dante Lauretta (center) poses with Club staff during Xtronaut training.


Cigna’s crusade for healthy lives is evident in its support of BGCMP. Their support of the Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic has helped thousands of families receive proper dental care. In addition to supporting the clinic, they also aim to educate Club kids about the importance of healthy teeth. Last month, Cigna representatives visited the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch to teach kids about brushing teeth with the help of Mikey the Molar and to offer free dental screenings.

Cigna’s support also goes beyond the dentist’s chair. They actively support shoppers in the annual Back-to-School Shopping event and are a Stars League Sport Sponsor.

Thank you for your partnership, Cigna!

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A Cigna representative shows a Club kid proper brushing.                                                       A Club kid receives a free dental screening.


Direct Your Tax Dollars to Kids Who Need It MostTax Credit 2015

It’s that time of year again! Taxes are hard. This is easy. Give to BGCMP, get it back come tax season. If you pay taxes in Arizona, you are eligible! Earn a dollar-for-dollar tax credit (and deduction) of $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married donors. You may also claim the school tax credits! Wow, you're generous and thrifty. Go, you!

Be sure to give before December 31st!

For more information please click here.

The Legacy You LeaveBGCMP Kids

One of the most effective but simplest ways you can support a charitable organization is by including a gift in your will. Also known as a charitable bequest, a gift made through your will can benefit both you and the causes most important to you. 

Click here for more information.

For more information on the benefits of creating a will, trust, or to request our FREE Wills Guide, please contact us today at 





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