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Local Restaurant Hosts Sports Equipment Drive to Help Area Children In-Need


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Local Restaurant Hosts Sports Equipment Drive to Help Area Children In-Need

Twin Peaks Restaurants Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix  

PHOENIX – Twin Peaks, the ultimate sports lodge has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) for a summer sports equipment drive.

From June 14 through August 2, all three Valley Twin Peaks locations will support the need for sports equipment for local youth. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix hosts summer camps at all 13 BGCMP locations throughout the Valley. These camps provide kids with the opportunity to have fun, meet new friends, discover new interests and create lasting memories.

Basketballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, footballs – any new sports equipment for kids ages 6 to 18 is appreciated and can be donated at any Twin Peaks location. For guests who donate equipment, Twin Peaks will honor them with a $5 dollar gift card that can be used in the future.

“Giving back to the community and being able to help kids is truly rewarding as a local business owner,” said Carolyn Vangelos, co-owner from Twin Peaks. “We are so excited to help provide new equipment with the hope that these kids will have the best time at camp.”

As a nonprofit, BGCMP heavily relies on the support of the community to run their programs. Twin Peaks is invested in just that.

“We are thrilled to partner with Twin Peaks for this drive,” said Jill Johnson Director of Strategic Partnerships at BGCMP. “The generosity of donors is truly what makes our programs possible. Having Twin Peaks and their customers step up this summer is going to make a huge impact.”

In addition to its sports enthusiasm, Twin Peaks prides itself on friendly service, doling out hearty comfort food made fresh daily, the famous 29 degrees, teeth-chattering draft beer and craft cocktails, all set in a welcoming dining room.

Twin Peaks is located at 2135 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, 8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, and 6922 N. 95th Ave. Glendale. To learn more about Twin Peaks visit .

Twin Peaks

Welcome to your mountain lodge getaway. Here at Twin Peaks, we offer everything you crave and more: hearty made-from-scratch comfort food, draft beer served at a teeth-chattering 29 degrees and all the best sports on TV shown on high-definition flat screens. All of this is served by our friendly and attentive Twin Peaks Girls, offering their signature “Girl Next Door” charisma and playful personalities to ensure that your adventure happens at the Peaks. We’re your Ultimate Sports Lodge


About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix provides premier after-school, summer programs and outreach to nearly 20,000+ young people in grades K-12. At thirteen clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas: Fun with a Purpose, Academic Success, Be Great, Do Good, and Healthy Choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.


The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Invests $120,000 In Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Recipients By Funding A New Staff Position To Support Students Across Phoenix And Scottsdale Clubs


PHOENIX (June 24, 2019) Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has been awarded a $120,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to establish a full-time College Access and Success Manager. The new position will benefit both Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) by managing the multiple scholarships available to Club youth and providing direct support to scholarship recipients throughout their college career.

“Education plays a key role in shaping a person’s future,” said businessman Bob Parsons. “This collaborative position will help the Boys & Girls Clubs provide scholarship students with the structure and support they need to be successful in their pursuit of higher education.”

Over the past few years, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – and a number of other organizations and individuals – have provided scholarship funding for Club members. Many of the scholarship recipients come from families living at or below the poverty level, and a large majority of them are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Students in these situations often lack the support system to help them navigate the college experience and too often scholarships go unused because the student is overwhelmed or doesn’t know where to turn for help.

“Attending college or getting post-secondary training is one of the best ways for teens to break the cycle of familial poverty, but these students encounter challenges at home and at school that their counterparts may not face,” said Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “Our students worked very hard in high school to graduate and earn a scholarship. Thanks to the grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, we will now be able to continue to support our scholarship students as they navigate the world of higher education.”

The Success Manager will support nearly two dozen clubs across Phoenix and Greater Scottsdale, teaching scholarship recipients how to prepare for college, set up a bank account, manage their financial aid and scholarship funds, and fulfill their academic scholarship requirements. Because the vast majority of the youth in this program will be first-generation college students, the Success Manager also will serve as their support system to answer questions and provide ongoing encouragement and reassurance as they work toward a degree.

“Having someone in their corner who can help navigate both the financial and academic challenges of college will give Boys & Girls Club youth a much greater chance at success,” said businesswoman Renee Parsons. “The results will benefit not only the scholarship recipient but their entire family by helping first-generation and lower-income students accomplish lasting success.”

Longtime advocates for the Boys & Girls Club, this recent grant brings The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation’s total support – across both Metro Phoenix and Greater Scottsdale clubs – to more than $9 million, including many Youth of the Year scholarships

“Teens like Kyla Silas, our 2017 Youth of the Year and first-generation college student, often feel like their dreams are not possible as they begin to explore the cost of higher education,” said Robyn Julien, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Because of the support from donors like the Parsons, and with guidance through the scholarship funding process, our youth realize that they are capable of achieving their dreams, even with all the changes and added responsibilities that go along with attending college.”

Research has shown that the more time youth spend at a Boys & Girls Club, the more connection they feel to school and the greater their post-secondary aspirations become. Thousands of youth walk through the door of a Boys & Girls Club every day, where they are prepared to become 21st century leaders, globally competitive graduates, innovative dream makers and healthy game changers. To learn more visit:

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix: 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 27,000+ young people in grades K-12. At thirteen clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas: Fun With a Purpose; Academic Success; Be Great, Do Good; and Healthy Choices. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community. For more information: visit |@BGCMP on social channels


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) serves thousands of youth at nine Clubs located within the communities of Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Fountain Hills, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Hualapai Nation. Youth development professionals and mentors provide guidance, support and encouragement in an enriching and safe environment. BGCS’s outcome-based programming assures that success is in reach for all of its members, no matter their circumstances.

About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what is often the darkest time of their lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. The Foundation’s giving is driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, religion, roots, economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home. Follow @WeDealInHope on social media or visit, to learn more about partner organizations and the important work being done in the community.


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Surf’s Up! Big Surf Offers Special Ticket Deal to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix


KMLE and Live 101.5 team up to support BGCMP with Big Surf Days in the Park

Tempe, Arizona (June 21, 2019) — Big Surf Waterpark is offering its best ticket deal of the summer for four days to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.  On June 20, 26, 27 and July 3rd, visitors can buy tickets online and $7 of each ticket sold will be donated back to support the 13 Clubs around the Valley.  Those discounted tickets are only $17 per person, the best deal of the summer.

KMLE Country 107.9 and LIVE 101.05 will also be out supporting the promotion during those days to help educate and entertain guests at the Park. In addition to the Waikiki Wave Pool, there are slides, tornado slides, and a Kook Kids Zone in Bora Bora Bay.

This year marks Big Surf’s 50th anniversary season.  The popular destination has continued to transform and add attractions for young people and adults to enjoy.  They have been a longtime community partner and this summer, more than 100 Club kids will have the opportunity to visit Big Surf on a field trip, thanks to the generosity of Big Surf.

Tickets for the promotional days can be purchased online only at using the drop-down menu on the ticket page.


Amazon Surprises Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix with $10,000 STEM donation

Earlier today, Amazon surprised teens and staff from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix with a $10,000 donation to support STEM education. Following the donation, the group had the opportunity to see technology come to life during a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Phoenix.

"We are inspired by the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to empower young people to reach their full potential and want to make sure youth in our community continue to get hands-on educational experiences that encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills," said Matthew High, General Manager, Amazon Fulfillment.

The donation will support STEM education, which is integrated into the summer and after-school programs at all Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Metro Phoenix.

"Global economic studies tell us that many of the careers of tomorrow don’t even exist today. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix is working to help youth succeed the workplace of the future by encouraging them develop technical skills, but more importantly we are working to build their soft skills. Boys & Girls Clubs offers proven programs to develop confidence, creativity, and trust," said Marcia Mintz, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. "Thanks to partners like Amazon, we are also able to offer leading edge STEAM programs where they can interact with technology and strengthen their creative thinking skills. Their investment in today’s youth will help BGCMP build a strong, ready workforce for the tomorrow."