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Wells Fargo Invests $100,000 in Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs to Support Youth Through Walkout

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Wells Fargo Invests $100,000 in Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs to Support Youth Through Walkout

(PHOENIX) April 28, 2018 – Marcia Mintz, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, today accepted a $100,000 check from Wells Fargo to support operations during Arizona’s school walkout.  Don Pearson, Wells Fargo’s Lead Regional President of the Desert Mountain Region, was joined by colleagues and Wells Fargo volunteers manning a community phone bank at Channel 12 /KPNX, to present the check to support the operations of Clubs around the state of Arizona through the teacher walkout.

Boys & Girls Clubs all over Arizona have opened to support thousands of families in 61 Club sites to help ensure that youth have a safe place to learn, play, and enjoy a healthy lunch and snack during the historic walkout.

“On behalf of our 15,500 team members statewide, Wells Fargo is pleased to present $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona to help the provide services and programming when our children need it the most,” said Pearson. “Every year, the 61 Boys & Girls Clubs around the state provide our kids with more than 1 million healthy, hot meals.  This check will enable the Clubs to stay open during these challenging times and serve thousands of meals and snacks to our children.”

“Wells Fargo has stepped up in a major way for the thousands of Boys & Girls Clubs families all over Arizona. They have set a new standard with their responsiveness in a dynamic situation that’s affecting all students.  We are grateful for their recognition of the immediate need and their generosity,” said Mintz.   Clubs throughout the Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs Alliance will receive a portion of the Wells Fargo gift to support the extended staffing and operations.

Wells Fargo have been a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs around the state, and this gift recognized the unique situation families faced with schools closed.  Families rely on schools for education and ensuring the safety of their kids and for many students, schools are where they enjoy a free, nutritious meal.  Boys & Girls Clubs are offering a fun, educational day-time program and meals throughout these days.  Clubs will resume regular after-school operations following the end of the walkout.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The 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. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.



Potential Teacher Strike

Dear BGCMP Families: 

We are actively monitoring the planned walkout of educators starting on April 26, 2018.  We have developed a plan for how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix will support the kids and families we serve across the Valley.  Every school district is working on their response plan and we are collaborating with each of the schools and districts that we serve. 

  • Beginning on Thursday, our Clubs will be open from 8am – 6pm, our normal school break hours, for families who need care for their students during the school day. 
  • Space in each Club is limited.  Current Club members will have priority, and there will be no additional fees for members.
  • Our Clubs will also be open to non-members for $20 per day, based on available space. 
  • Every Club will serve lunches and snacks.  We will not be serving breakfast.  
  • Parents/caregivers will need to make arrangements for the drop-off and pick-up of their children at the Clubs. 

Please contact your local Club for additional information.  We will continue to communicate to our families and partners through these challenging times.  Our kids remain our top priority and we will continue to serve the families of our communities.

Jerry Colangelo Branch

1755 N. 34th Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85009

Phone:  602.424.0410

Warner & Shirley Gabel Branch

1330 North 15th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85006

Phone:  602.252.7968


I.G. Homes Branch

1601 W. Sherman St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone:  602.254.5814


MLB/AZ D-Backs Branch

548 W. Southern Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85041

Phone: 602.268.3486


Bob & Renee Parsons Branch

4309 E. Belleview St.

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Phone: 602.343.1270


Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch

11820 N. 81st Ave 

Peoria, AZ 85345

Phone:  623.979.3559

Tri-City/Thornwood Branch

301 E. Western Ave

Avondale, AZ 85323

Phone:  623.932.1154

Ed Robson Family Branch

15815 N. 29th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phone:  602.449.2850


Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch

2242 W. Missouri Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85015

Phone:  602.249.1338


Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch

4730 W. Grovers Ave.

Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 602.375.0400

Spencer D. Mary Jane Stewart Branch

6629 W. Clarendon Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85033

Phone: 623.848.1022


Swift Kids Branch                  

6420 W. Maryland Ave.                            

Glendale, AZ 85301                                     

Phone: 623.939.6952


Woodrow C. Scoutten/Tolleson Branch

9251 W. Washington St.

Tolleson, AZ 85353

Phone:  623.936.9020

The Big Event 2018

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Sabrina Leon


BGCMP’s Connect Volunteer Group Invites Community to Attend Ninth Annual Fundraising Gala

PHOENIX (APRIL 12, 2018) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s (BGCMP) Connect board invites the public to join its 9th annual charity celebration, “The Big Event.” Taking place on Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Camelback Esplanade, the event will feature a buzzing social scene, delicious local dining from TEN & Dieci, live entertainment from Jay Allan & the Uncommon Good, Bruce St. James as master of ceremonies, auctions, and more. Guests will come together to raise awareness and funds that will directly benefit the deserving children of BGCMP.

The Connect board is a group of emerging professional leaders who commit their time, talents and resources to benefit the thousands of youth who are impacted by the work of BGCMP. For more than 70 years, BGCMP has provided engaging and educational out-of-school time programs, activities and events for the Valley’s children. The nurturing and fun environment at BGCMP aims to help youth and teens reach their full potential in life as productive, caring and responsible members of the community. All proceeds from The Big Event support these programs.

“We are honored to support the thousands of youth who are served by Boys & Girls Clubs’ out-of-school-time programs. Last year, The Big Event exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to another year of growth and fun!” said Holly Linder, event chair and Connect vice president. Linder is a CPA of Linder Klauer. “Without the loyal support of this community, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – provide the resources and support for BGCMP’s youth to become the best versions of themselves and better yet, make a difference in our local community and world.”

Cyrus Martinez, BGCMP’s 2018 Youth of the Year, will be in attendance to share his personal story. Martinez joined the Sands Branch in Glendale three years ago after his family moved here from California. Overcoming mental health obstacles of his own, he has now become an active leader in the community by volunteering in sports leagues, mentoring younger members and offering them counsel, serving as president of the Keystone Club, as well as investing more than 700 hours in community service. Martinez plans to graduate from Deer Valley High School and attend Arizona State University to study sociology in hopes to help other youth who are affected by mental illness.

To ensure Phoenix and West Valley Club kids have a safe and supportive place to attend after school, the Connect volunteer group raised more than $116,000 through “The Big Event” in 2017. Over the years Connect has raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix through major events such as The Big Event, Hearts-4-Clubs and Birdies & Greens Golf Tournament.

The evening is for adults age 21 and older. Tickets are $100 per person including all-inclusive food and drink and can be purchased online at Additionally, corporate sponsorship and donation opportunities are available for those unable to attend but still wishing to support the cause.

The Big Event sponsors include Canyon Plastering, Serendipit Consulting, Cenpatico Integrated Care & Health Net of Arizona, Leslie’s Poolmart, MidFirst Bank, Retail Me Not, AZ Precision Security, EY, Gordon & Rees, Insight Enterprises, Inc., Isaacson & Walsh, P.C., Jaburg & Wilk, Linder Klauer, Stacy LaFrance, and Starkweather Roofing, Inc.

For more information about The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and “The Big Event,” or to learn how to get involved, visit

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix provides after-school and summer programs in some of the Valley’s most deserving neighborhoods. Our programs focus on four key areas: Academic Success, Be Great-Do Good, Healthy Choices, and Fun with a Purpose, providing youth with the tools they need to enjoy childhood and become productive, caring adults. Last year, more than 11,000 youth and teens benefited from programs through our 13 clubhouses, community outreach services and Dental Clinic. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter, Instagram LinkedIn and YouTube @BGCMP or visit


Greater Phoenix Chamber Announces 2018 IMPACT Awards Recipients

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March 19, 2018


Two to be chosen as 2018 Businesses of the Year at IMPACT Awards Luncheon on May 24

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) has selected eight local companies as recipients of its 31st Annual IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large Valley businesses and the positive influence they have on the community and economy.

The 2018 IMPACT Award recipients are:

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):
2018 Arizona Advocate –Arizona Public Service (APS)
2018 Community Champion – Salt River Project (SRP)
2018 Economic Driver – Phoenix Suns
2018 Exceptional Innovator – Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):
2018 Arizona Advocate – ISM Raceway
2018 Community Champion – Delta Dental of Arizona
2018 Economic Driver – Plaza Companies
2018 Exceptional Innovator – Equality Health

The two 2018 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced during the 31st Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Arizona Biltmore. Individual tickets are $80 for GPCC members and $95 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $900 for Chamber members and $1,050 for non-members.

In addition to the four award categories, the Chamber added the IMPACTful Nonprofit Award in 2016 to recognize the outstanding work of Valley nonprofits. Get involved to help determine the 2018 IMPACTful Nonprofit Award recipient by casting your vote for one of the four finalists. The deadline to vote is Wednesday, April 18.

IMPACTful Nonprofit Award finalists:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Daring Adventures
Phoenix Center for the Arts

“This year’s IMPACT Award recipients are truly reflective of the strong leadership, expanding innovation and dedication to the community, that the Greater Phoenix business community is proud to be known for,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Sanders. “These organizations will continue to serve as role models for our community and drive the growth of the Greater Phoenix region for years to come.”

2018 IMPACTful Award Voting – Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

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Cyrus Martinez Named Youth of the Year



Desert Valley High School senior set to receive college scholarship and vie for state title

PHOENIX (March 18, 2018) Selected among 13 outstanding youth, Cyrus Martinez has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

Cyrus joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Sands Branch in Glendale three years ago after his family moved here from California.  His high school years were challenging, and Cyrus shared with the judges his struggles with mental health.  He was treated for a variety of mental health issues and the Club became a second home for him after he completed a treatment program that helped him.  Now he’s an active in sports leagues, he’s mentoring younger members and offering counsel and an ear to others who may share some of his struggles.  He was selected to lead his Keystone Club as president and he’s invested more than 700 hours of service into the community.

Despite taking time out of school for treatments, he returned to an online school to catch up and get ahead.  Today, he’s planning to graduate from Deer Valley High School and he’s already earned scholarships from Arizona State University.  He plans to study sociology with the hope that he will work to help other youth with mental illness in the future.

“Cyrus and all Youth of the Year nominees embody the best of what Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix gives to our youth and their families.  Their stories of personal achievement – overcoming shyness, bullying, health challenges, and so much more – demonstrate the critical need among today’s youth for empowering programs, delivered by trained staff, to help children develop into strong, resilient adults,” said Marcia Mintz, president and CEO, BGCMP.  “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. We need young people like Cyrus sharing how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix helped him to achieve his personal and academic goals, and how he plans to give back in the future!”

Next week, Cyrus will join other Youth of the Year from Clubs around the state of Arizona to compete for the State Youth of the Year title.