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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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