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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale announces new board

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to announce the newest members to the non-profit’s Board of Governors:

  • Lee Nickloy – APS
  • Prescott Pohl – Snell & Wilmer
  • Kathleen Preston – Cox Communications
  • Ryan Rayburn – Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • Tom Traylor – Wells Fargo

“We are very thankful to have this great group of individuals serve on our board,” said Steve Davidson, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “These dedicated community leaders generously give their time and professional expertise in effort to make sure that the needs of our local youth are being met.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, celebrating its 60th Anniversary throughout 2014, empowers 17,800 youth of all ages and backgrounds to develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens. The Club provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and athletics, and high-impact youth development programs during critical non-school hours. Clubs are located in cities and on Native American lands in the greater Scottsdale area and promote academic success, positive character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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Residential Agents Join Brokers for Kids Olympiad Charity

Each year, the Active 20-30 Club of Scottsdale hosts a charity sporting competition called Brokers for Kids. After 16 years of being solely a commercial real estate event, residential real estate agents will join in the fun. More than 50 teams will go head to head in two competitions, Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefiting Children February 7, 2014 at Tempe Beach Park.Brokers for Kids 2013 Photo

The teams will participate in the Olympiad Championship which includes a quarterback challenge, volleyball, basketball, baggo, and bocce games. The top fundraising teams from both sides will also be recognized at this action packed day all for a great cause.

Throughout the year, these real estate teams and industry workers have been raising money through various fundraising efforts for two charities, Boys Hope Girls Hope and the Care FundBoys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit that provides scholarships to underprivileged kids in both community-based and residency-based programs, ensuring a good start toward a college education. The Care Fund provides mortgage, rent and housing expense relief, as well as related lifestyle resources during a child’s extended health crisis.

“Both charities are truly amazing. While each organization helps individuals in different ways, both benefit children,” said event chairman Mike Coy. “This event is a prime example of what the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club stands for; educating our citizens about the financial, medical, and emotional needs of Arizona’s children.

Brokers for Kids 2013 Photo 3For more information on Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefiting Children, the Scottsdale 20/30 organization, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase raffle tickets, visitwww.scottsdale2030.org.

“Every dollar counts and without the tremendous support of the commercial and residential real estate communities, this event would not be possible,” said Coy.

E.J. and Jen Hughes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Dynamic Duo Doing Good For Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale

E.J. Hughes is a “middle kid.”

“Actually, I am the oldest of two, but I am definitely what you call a ‘middle,’ ” Hughes says.

To Hughes, a “middle kid” is neither the top 10 percent of kids who always overachieve, nor the bottom 10 percent of kids who are always in trouble. Both of these groups, according to Hughes, tend to get a lot of attention.

And then there is the other 80 percent — the middle kids.

“As a middle kid, I wasn’t quite sure where I fit all the time,” Hughes says. “Until I found the Boys & Girls Club.”

At first, Hughes mostly just played whatever Boys & Girls Club sport was being offered on any given day. However, once he hit his teens, he discovered the organization’s Keystone Club, a leadership development program focused on providing teens from 14 to 18 community service opportunities, academic success support and career preparation.

“It also didn’t hurt that there was a pretty girl in the group, Marion, who I had my eye on,” Hughes says. “Today, she is my wife and mother to our three kids.”

Through Keystone, Hughes and his team had the chance to volunteer in soup kitchens and at shelters as well as volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and raise funds to attend leadership conferences nationwide, including a trip to Washington, D.C.

Eager to touch the lives of other “middle kids” like himself, Hughes dedicated himself to the Club, first as a teen junior staff member, then as a youth development specialist, then as a branch director and finally today as director of Club services.

One of his biggest contributions to the Club has been the development of a College 101 program for high school students, which brings in guests speakers as well as community leaders and educators to help teens make decisions about life after high school.

“He certainly inspired me,” says Jen Hughes, E.J.’s younger sister, who followed in her brother’s footsteps into the Club when she was in first grade.

While E.J. first turned to sports at the Club, Jen was attracted to the many fine arts programs.

“I was the girl who would ask to go to the bathroom and then sneak into the art room for hours,” Jen says,

Like E.J., Keystone also caught her eye.

“I loved being able to volunteer in the community with all of my best friends, not to mention fund-raise for the opportunity to travel the globe as a representative of the organization,” says Jen, who worked for two years to help raise $30,000 so her team could visit Europe while in high school.

Even after she left the Valley to move to Flagstaff for college, she would come back every summer to work with the Keystone kids and in the art room.

Today, she is the art coordinator for the Club, focusing on providing kids with access to photography programs, fine arts programs and even digital art imaging programs.

“Our DigiKids ImageMakers is a program offered through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that encourages Club members to learn and practice digital arts, including movie making, photo illustration, music making and graphic design,” Jen says. “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National DigiKids Art Festival, and for the past three years, we have had kids place in the regional and national competitions.”

So, what’s next for this dynamic duo and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale?

“We have our inaugural Jingle and Mingle event at DC Ranch Market Street at 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 9,” Hughes says. “Set under the beautiful Market Street Holiday Tree, the event will offer guests the chance to sample savory bites from the culinary masterminds of North Scottsdale restaurants, including Mia Francesca, Armitage, and The Herb Box as well as sumptuous sips of holiday-themed spirits and wines provided by Southern Wine and Spirits.”

Single tickets are available at $125, with discounts on three or more, and are available at bgcs.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Jingle and Mingle Event

When: Sunday, December 9 from 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: DC Ranch Market Street
Cost: $125, with discounts on three or more
Web: bgcs.org

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First-ever Weekend Jetaway Benefits Valley nonprofts

AXA Advisors Southwest announces that sponsorships and tickets are now available for the first-ever Weekend Jetaway, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 9th. 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature live music, culinary creations from leading Valley chefs, cocktails and casino games set in a private jet hangar within the Scottsdale Airpark.

During the event, guests will have the chance to win several fabulous prizes, including the grand prize – a luxurious all-inclusive, first-class trip on a private jet. A live and silent auction will also take place, with proceeds from the entire evening’s events benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Pat Tillman Foundation, respectively.

“This event is a project of passion for our team,” said Dillan Micus, former Boys & Girls Club kid and now-executive vice president of AXA Advisors Southwest. “Each year, our entire team focuses a day of service with an inspirational community organization. Eager to effect change, we decided to roll up our sleeves and put together an annual gala event meant to raise critical funds for our nonprofit partners.”

Tickets are limited and available now starting at $100, with VIP tickets starting at $200.

“Events like these help to support more than 16,000 Valley kids involved with the clubs and their access to the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation,” said Steve Davidson, president/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

In addition to AXA Advisors Southwest, Tiffany & Bosco P.A. and Great American Title Agency, Inc., who are serving as the presenting sponsors, additional current sponsors include Sapporo Scottsdale and Phocus Financial. Sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000 and are available at www.weekendjetaway.org.

“The Pat Tillman Foundation is proud to partner with AXA Advisors Southwest on this unique event, and we are honored to be selected to receive funds raised through its efforts,” said Marie Tillman, president of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to directly impact the lives of Tillman Military Scholars by providing the financial and educational resources needed to prevent undeserved debt, increase economic stability and establish a foundation for greater career opportunities.”

For more information about the first ever Weekend Jetaway, visit weekendjetaway.org.

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SRP Installs Solar Energy Systems – Helps 3 Nonprofits

A New Leaf Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and Hospice of the Valley are getting some of their electric needs directly from the sun thanks to donations of solar energy systems from Salt River Project customers.

The three nonprofits were chosen to receive solar energy systems by SRP EarthWise™ Energy customers who voted for their favorite charities. The solar energy systems, valued at about $63,000 each, enable the nonprofits to offset their electricity usage and save money on their monthly electric bills. The savings they will see will help them direct more funds to the communities they serve.

“Partnering with SRP to help our Clubs become more energy efficient really allows us to maximize every dollar for programs and services,” said Amy Gibbons, President & Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix of the system installed at the facility located at 7th Ave. and Southern.  “The solar energy systems from SRP is a great complement to our efforts to help kids build Earthwise, energy-smart habits that will follow them into adulthood and we’re thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of this wonderful program.”

In addition to saving money, the solar energy systems will result in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. A typical 10-kilowatt solar electric system helps to avoid the release of almost 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“During these times of economic recovery, the SRP EarthWise Energy solar system will save precious dollars, allowing A New Leaf to invest back into the East Valley Men’s Shelter and the men who call it home,” said Michael T. Hughes, A New Leaf CEO of the system installed at a facility in Mesa. “We extend our humble thanks for this generous gift.”

The solar donation benefitted the Lund Family Hospice Home in Gilbert, a facility of the Hospice of the Valley.

“The SRP photovoltaic system will provide our first opportunity to experience the benefits of solar power,” said Diana Murray, vice president of facilities and purchasing for Hospice of the Valley. “We are grateful for the support and generosity of SRP and EarthWise Energy customers.”

The remaining four finalists, Homeward Bound, Fit Kids Inc., Junior Achievement of Arizona and Mountain Health and Wellness each received a solar water heater for their facilities that will also help to offset electricity usage.

SRP EarthWise Energy is a voluntary program that SRP customers can participate in for as little as $3 per month, with 100 percent of the funds used to provide solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to Valley nonprofit organizations.  In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.

Since 2007, the voluntary fees paid by SRP EarthWise Energy customers have funded solar PV projects for community-based programs including Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 18 Habitat for Humanity homes, Maryvale YMCA, the Phoenix Zoo, Rio Salado Audubon Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped, The Center for Habilitation, Sarah’s Place/Glencroft and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

For more information about solar energy systems or to sign up for SRP EarthWise Energy, please visit www.srpnet.com/earthwise.

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The Habit Burger Grill Announces 4th Location To Open In June

The Habit Burger Grill is opening its fourth Arizona location on Wednesday, June 20 in Phoenix located on 7th Avenue and McDowell Road (534 W. McDowell Road). Phoenix continues to be a positive growth market for The Habit, with three already successful locations around the Valley. The Santa Barbara-based concept continues to grow with over 50 locations in California; Arizona is the only other state with The Habit Burger locations. The first location in Phoenix opened in May 2011.

During the three previous grand opening events, The Habit Burger Grill raised thousands of dollars for various local charities including The Boys and Girls Club, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, United Phoenix Firefighter Charities, and more. The Habit will conduct these charity events again at the new location and looks forward to partnering with area organizations while giving back to the local community.

“We are excited to continue our growth in Arizona with our newest Habit here in Phoenix,” says Russ Bendel, President and CEO of Habit Restaurants, LLC. “Our fourth location will give even more people a new ‘Habit’ worth repeating.”

Everything served at The Habit is reasonably priced compared to other casual dining or other “gourmet burger” establishments ($2.95 for an original Charburger). The Habit also serves freshly grilled sandwiches, specialty salads tossed to order, onion rings, sweet potato fries and a variety of hand-blended shakes and malts.

The Habit is best known for their made-to-order “Charburgers” grilled over an open flame and their friendly, inviting service. They use only fresh, quality ingredients, and always live up to their motto: “There’s No Substitute For Quality!”

For more information on The Habit Burger Grill, visit The Habit Burger’s website at habitburger.com.