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Boys and Girls Club Youths of the Year

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE HONORS NINE "YOUTHS OF THE YEAR"

By Rick Baker

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will honor its 2013 Youth of the Year branch winners at its annual Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Talking Stick Resort.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual gala includes a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members.

The highlight of the evening will be hearing each of the nine branch’s Youth of the Year honoree give inspiring speeches, followed by one of the teens being named the 2013 Overall Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year – the highest honor given to a member of the organization.

Each year, all of the greater-Scottsdale Clubs have the honor of taking their teens served through the Youth of the Year nomination program, with one overall teen being honored as their branch’s Youth of the Year.

This year’s branch-by-branch honorees are:

Ariana Alvez, senior at Desert Mountain High School and member of the Virginia G. Piper Branch, located in Scottsdale

Jessica DuBois, junior at Coronado High School and member of the Hartley & Ruth Baker Branch, located in Scottsdale

Samantha Elder, sophomore at Fountain Hills High School and member of the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch, located in Fountain Hills

Amari Gonzales, junior at Westwood High School and member of the Lehi Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Dani Haboush, sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School and member of the Vestar Branch, located in Desert Ridge

Alexa Jenouri, junior at Cactus Shadows High School and member of the Thunderbirds Branch, located in Scottsdale

Marissa Masters, junior at Saguaro High School and member of the Rose Lane Branch, located in Scottsdale

Kristofferson Walker, junior at Seligman High School and member of the Hualapai Branch, located in Peach Springs

Lane Yazzie, freshman at Salt River High School and member of the Red Mountain Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

What They Earn

The 2013 Youth of the Year winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems, a laptop from NPCE Technology Solutions and a Young Leadership Training scholarship from U & Improved. Each of the eight runners-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and Google tablets from NPCE Technology Solutions.

Who Helps Make it Possible

Title sponsors are Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, and other major sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Republic Services, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona.

The 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will continue on to the state-level competition with other organizations from across Arizona. The state finalist will be announced during the Arizona State Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast to be held on April 3, 2013, at U.S. Airways Center.

The winner of the state competition advances to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition held later this year, with the opportunity to continue to the national event.

Come Join Us!

Tickets for Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction start at $125 per person. Tables and event sponsorships are still available. For more information or to see our 2013 sponsors please visit www.celebrateyouthgala.org or call 480-344-5682.

About Rick Baker

Rick Baker is Chairman of the Board at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. He has been involved with the organization since 2001 and is currently working with the team on “Angels for Kids, Mentors for Life,” the annual giving campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Mentoring helps youth in their personal and educational development as well as prepares them to be productive future citizens. For more information, please visit www.bgcs.org.

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More Than 100 BGCGS Youth Take Part In Kohl's Back-To-School Spree

On Saturday, August 4, more than 100 youth in need from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale gathered at the Kohl’s North Scottsdale location on the Loop 101 and Raintree Drive to shop for back-to-school items as part of the annual Kohl’s Back to School Shopping Spree.

During the event, each child was gifted with a $100 gift card to select clothing and other items in the store, due to the financial and volunteer support of Kohl’s, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club, GE Capital Solutions, Salt River Community Children’s Foundation and Scottsdale Insurance.

“This event allows community organizations and businesses to engage directly with youth who may otherwise return to school without the basic essentials like clothes, shoes and backpacks,” said Rick Baker, chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, who noted that many of the organizations involved have been taking part in this critical event for more than 10 years.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, please visit bgcs.org.