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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Announces $750,000 Gift to BGCMP

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THE BOB & RENEE PARSONS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $750,000 GIFT TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX

The Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic and Teen Center Expand Access to Opportunities for Children in Need

(Phoenix, AZ December 10, 2013) – Valley children in need have something to smile about this holiday season: The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is providing $750,000 to fund a dental clinic and teen center with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

Half of uninsured children in Arizona suffer from tooth decay, which is a leading cause of missed school days and malnutrition. The newly-renamed Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic will provide extremely low-cost dental care for thousands of uninsured and low-income children, many of whom have never seen a dentist before. With four operatories and a full-time staff, the Clinic will provide over 8,000 procedures annually.

“The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation makes it possible for us to deepen our impact with the children who need us most,” said Amy Gibbons, President and Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “With their generous support, we can provide life-changing dental care for children suffering from pain and malnutrition caused by tooth decay.”

“Providing quality care for children is a guiding principle of our Foundation,” said Renee Parsons. “We believe that the Dental Clinic and its pediatric services will make a significant impact in the overall health and well-being of the community.”

The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation’s gift also supports the teen center located at the Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch. The Bob & Renee Parsons Teen Center, which will be significantly expanded to better accommodate the demand, provides safety, free meals and positive opportunities to hundreds of mostly low-income teens after school.

“Without the teen center I don’t know where I’d be … probably hanging around the streets,” said 14 year old Metro Phoenix Club Member Ismark.

“The new teen center means we’ll actually have our own space to study, participate in leadership programs and just have fun hanging-out with friends,” added 17 year old Stewart Branch Youth of the Year Jerry Jimenez. Jerry will be graduating high school shortly after the new center opens. He plans on going into the medical field and becoming a surgeon someday.

Since 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has empowered young people in Phoenix and the West Valley to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. Nearly 23,000 children and teens count on 12 clubhouses after school and during the summer for safety, hot meals, positive friends and countless opportunities to be great.

“Part of making this community a better place for everyone is helping to make sure that the appropriate resources are available when a need arises,” said Bob Parsons. “Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix is a shining example of an organization that is answering the needs of the Valley’s most vulnerable youth through programs targeted at breaking the cycle of poverty and raising all-star kids. Renee and I are proud to support their good work.”

If you want to help vulnerable children in the Valley reach their full potential, visit www.bgcmp.org.

About Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti through the Hope for Haiti organization.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Since 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has empowered all youth—especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. Each year, 23,000 youth benefit from our life-changing programs and services at 12 Clubhouses, outreach programs in local schools,and Dental Clinic. Visit www.bgcmp.org for more information. Stewart teens build a community garden

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BGCMP Announces Photography Program for Club Youth

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2013-14 National Photography Program

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Romako
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
602.249.1338
dromako@bgcmp.org

Annette Filliat
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
404.487.5948
afilliat@bgca.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM FOR CLUB YOUTH

Phoenix, AZ November 19, 2013 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix announces the introduction of the National Photography Program, sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc. The Program teaches youth the art and science of photography, and it includes Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has a rich, 50-plus-year history in Boys & Girls Clubs, and the photography category of the Digital Arts Festivals.

Sony also provided photography equipment so youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix have access to high-quality tools to use during the Program. The package includes several Sony point-and-shoot cameras, Sony interchangeable lens cameras and Sony VAIO computers, as well as a stipend to help offset printing and other photography-related costs. With more than 38,000 kids participating annually, the Program seeks to engage youth to explore and build their skills in photography, digital arts and self expression.

“We are pleased to offer a photography program at our Club and know our Club members will benefit greatly from the education and opportunities made possible through the National Photography Program,” said Bridget McDonald, Vice President of Club Operations. “We are grateful to Sony Electronics for their support in providing access to programs and tools in the area of photography to engage all young people in the arts.”

Through a national partnership with BGCA, Sony is sponsoring two arts festivals to honor talented youth: ImageMakers National Photography Contest and the photography category of BGCA’s Digital Arts Festivals, where youth manipulate photos using digital technology. The ImageMakers National Photography Contest invites youth age 6-18 to capture photographs in four different categories: culture and tradition, surroundings, portraits and photo with essay or poem. Club youth complete projects that compete in regional BGCA art shows. Regional winners then go on to compete for national recognition and additional education opportunities.

“We are proud to partner with BGCA to expose youth to the arts through technology by providing access and training so they can explore creative outlets for personal development,” said Ed Wallace, vice president 2013-14 National Photography Program of community affairs at Sony Electronics. “At Sony, we believe in fostering the idea that anything imaginable can be made real. Together with BGCA, we’re inspiring and empowering passionate, innovative future leaders and artists.”

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About Sony Electronics

Headquartered in San Diego, Sony Electronics is a leading provider of audio/video electronics and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, design, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony is noted for a wide range of consumer audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA® LCD and 3D high definition televisions, Cyber-shot® digital camera, Alpha Digital SLR camera, Handycam® camcorder and Walkman® personal stereo. Sony is also an innovator in the IT arena with its VAIO® personal computers Reader devices and Sony Tablets; and in high-definition professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD and CineAlta™ lines of cameras and camcorders, and the SXRD™ 4K digital projector. For more information, visit www.sony.com/news or join the Sony Community: www.sony.com/blog; www.facebook.com/SonyElectronics; www.twitter.com/SonyElectronics; www.youtube.com/SonyElectronics; and www.pinterest.com/SonyElectronics.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Since 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has empowered all youth—especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. Each year, 23,000 youth benefit from our life changing programs and services at 12 Clubhouses, outreach programs in local schools,and Dental Clinic. Visit www.bgcmp.org for more information.

Buffalo Wild Wings and BGCMP Promote Teamwork Through Cheerleading

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BUFFALO WILD WINGS AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX PROMOTE TEAMWORK THROUGH CHEERLEADING

Funding from Buffalo Wild Wings supports cheerleading program at BGCMP Swift Kids Branch

(Phoenix, AZ November 19, 2013) – A group of Glendale Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) members are learning teamwork through cheerleading, thanks to a grant from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The cheer squad began in January 2013, when Swift Kids Branch Program Manager Russ Kazmierczak noticed rifts growing between the members.

“Before the squad began, a lot of the girls were very cliquey, and that tended to build some rivalry,” says Kazmierczak. “The Cheer Squad has really united our girls. They’ve built a sense of camaraderie that wasn’t there before, and with each performance they’re developing poise, fitness and self-confidence.”

Funding from Buffalo Wild Wings allowed the squad to purchase much-needed team uniforms, shoes, pom-poms and practice mats.

The team has performed at a number of Valley events including the BGCMP’s The Big Event and the grand opening of a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Since 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has empowered all youth—especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. Each year, 22,000 youth benefit from our life-changing programs and services at 12 Clubhouses, outreach programs in local schools, juvenile detention centers and Dental Clinic. Visit www.bgcmp.org for more information.

About Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 20 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are currently more than 900 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 49 states in the United States, as well as in Canada.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.

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UPS Road Code Program

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UPS ROAD CODE AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX COMMEMORATE NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK
UPS Road Code teaches the importance of safe driving to BGCMP teens

(Phoenix, AZ October 18, 2013) – Arizona teen driving deaths are on the rise. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the first six months of 2012 saw nine teens become victims of motor vehicle accidents, compared to two in 2011, and only one in 2010.

The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) to promote UPS Road Code, a program which teaches safe driving techniques to teens and helps them drive change surrounding this vital issue.

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 20-26, and UPS Road Code and BGCMP are doing their part to raise awareness.

On Saturday, October 19th, members from UPS Road Code and Boys & Girls Clubs of America accompanied teens from the BGCMP Robson Branch to the Arizona Keystone Conference, a program which fosters leadership among teens, to promote safe driving habits. Club teens from around the state were able to test drive Road Code simulators and received a crash course in safe driving.

Members of the Swift Kids Branch will visit Glendale High School to discuss techniques taught by UPS Road Code during homecoming week — a celebratory and potentially dangerous week for high school students.

UPS Road Code’s curriculum is largely derived from the same safety techniques used by UPS drivers, and approximately 150 UPS employees serve as trained volunteer instructors for the program.

First launched in 2009 in 22 Boys & Girls Clubs, UPS Road Code currently operates in 52 Clubs in 36 cities across the country.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Since 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has empowered all youth—especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. Each year, 22,000 youth benefit from our life-changing programs and services at 12 Clubhouses, outreach programs in local schools, juvenile detention centers and Dental Clinic. Visit www.bgcmp.org for more information.

About UPS Foundation
The UPS Foundation, which is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national and global communities, has led UPS’s corporate citizenship efforts for more than 60 years. In 2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $93.3 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and University of Phoenix Host Celebration Events for Youth on Track to High School Graduation and a Successful Future

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Participants of national education initiative honored for success in school

(Phoenix, AZ May 23, 2013) – Young people at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix are on the path
to a successful future thanks to their participation in BE GREAT: Graduate, a national education initiative
sponsored by University of Phoenix Foundation. On May 15 and 17, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro
Phoenix held special celebrations for 19 youth who are on the path to academic success and recognized
their volunteer mentors. On May 30, 12 more students will be honored for collectively moving from
failing to passing grades.

Three of 10 kids in the United States fail to graduate each year; through the BE GREAT: Graduate
program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix is ensuring Valley youth are on the right track to graduate
high school. The BE GREAT: Graduate program, part of a national partnership between University of
Phoenix Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, helps young people who are the most
vulnerable for dropping out of school to develop the academic, behavioral and social skills needed to be
successful. Boys & Girls Clubs members are 25% more likely to graduate.

“BE GREAT: Graduate gives youth the resources they need to succeed in school, including a dedicated
graduation mentor for each student,” said Amy Gibbons, President and Executive Director of the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “Thanks to the generous support of University of Phoenix Foundation, we
are providing members with the opportunity they need to achieve academic success and a great future.”

Selected participants often show the early warning signs of dropping out – also known as the ABC’s –
attendance, behavior and course failure. The program allows each participant to receive a graduation
mentor to provide coaching and tutoring for academic success.

For more information on mentoring a child in BE GREAT: Graduate, visit bgcmp.org/volunteer.