Good News Newsletter | February 2019
P.O. Box 40217, Tucson, AZ 85717 | | 520.573.3533
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
It was four years ago this month that I began my service as CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson and what a wonderful journey it has been. I am so excited about our progress, challenges that were overcome, and our positive momentum as we move into 2019. 

In our mission to prepare our kids for great futures, we continued to pursue ambitious goals for 2018 and now 2019, and I would like to share just a few of these with you.

We maintained our reach of just under 9,000 youth served last year and continued our full-day Summer Camp with the financial help of Team Cholla. We continued growing our Club Teen membership and Club Teams created new strategies to ensure teens were connecting with valuable programs and resources.

We continued our strong programming partnerships with Parks In Focus, a photography program through the Udall foundation, our Frank & Edith Morton Basketball Leagues that have been supported by a generous grant from the Tucson Conquistadors, Girls Scouts, Boys Scouts, the International Wildlife Museum, STEM Garden Projects, Engage Rugby and a special club volunteer program through the Tucson Police Department. We also expanded learning and activity opportunities for our young people with iAMYOU360, Tucson Urban League Tech Start Internships, and our kids got to go on field trips to the Fox Theater, the Tucson Roadrunners, Phoenix Suns, U of A Women’s and Men’s games and we were able to nourish our kids with serving dinner every night and lunch during our summer programs with our Tucson Food Bank and TUSD meal partnerships.
The Heartworks program was launched by Cindy Robertson as a labor of love. Cindy organized art sessions and visiting artists to work with our kids to create more than 1,500 special pieces of artwork that were displayed and sold at a pop up store at La Encantada in October with all proceeds helping to fund the program. We are expanding the program in 2019 due to Cindy and her husband, Senior Board Member Tom Robertson, who also secured a grant from the Catalina Rotary Club that helped support costs for the program as well.
Emeritus Board Member Mark Irvin also facilitated an exciting partnership with the Tucson Roadrunners and the Phoenix Coyotes to build a new DEK Hockey Rink next to our Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse. Teams are building and starting to come to practice at the new venue opening up a whole new sport for kids and the Tucson community.
Our list of corporate partners grew and we received some phenomenal gifts and grants for special projects. These made it possible for us to add new programming and create new learning and activity spaces.

The gym at our Steve Daru Clubhouse is being renovated thanks to a wonderful gift from the Fiesta Bowl Charities and the games room and lobby have been completely remodeled with a very inviting and updated look with a National Grant from Lowes.
We are going into our third year with our STEM center of Innovation at Holmes Tuttle through a grant from Raytheon and BGCA. The program is going strong and it has been amazing to see our kid’s interest and excitement grow in their desire to purse STEM degrees and careers.
We opened our new Workforce Development Center at Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse this week due to a wonderful grant from The Centurions and the generosity of Sam Levitz, Ashley HomeStores, and Julie and Dale Butcher. The Workforce Development Center will result in our Club Teens getting much more support with determining their plans after high school and achieving them. 
Last Spring we started offering a Board Game focused STEM club at Steve Daru brought to us by BGC Alumni and Osiris Rex Rocket Scientist Dante Laurette. Dante also created a class at Uof A last fall and rallied a group of students to facilitate the program and mentor our youth. We are also planning to expand the program to Holmes Tuttle this spring.
Our Academic Incentive Program called EXCEL for high school students continued to grow. This program was inspired by Louise and Dale Henderson and provides cash incentives for good grades. We are super excited about our club Teens response to the program with over 100 teens participating so far.
We couldn’t provide all these amazing programs and spaces without our special donors, sponsors, community partners, volunteers, Board members and BGCT staff. Thank you all for inspiring me every day with your commitment to make a difference in the lives of our youth and community.
Debbie Wagner, CEO
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In the Clubs
Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse
On January 16, 2019 we dedicated the redesigned and purposed library space at the Frank & Edith Morton Boys & Girls Clubs, as the Samantha Jo Bossert Cravens Memorial Program Center.

Samantha was a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson family, as well as a Frank & Edith Morton Club Alumna. Her spirit will forever live on at the Club.

Our new Program Center features new tables, chairs, comfy couches, a computer counter and a brand new smart tv. All the upgrades provide our club members a comfortable and inviting learning space.

We are proud to honor Samantha in this way.

She will always been in our hearts and her legacy will always shine bright.
Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse
Thank you to Sam Levitz Furniture, Ashley HomeStore Tucson, the Butchers, and The Centurions for making our Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse Work Force Development Center a reality!
Planned Giving
A charitable bequest is an easy way for you to help us and the children of your community. Here are some of the benefits of bequest giving:

  • It costs you nothing today to make a bequest
  • A bequest is free of federal estate tax
  • Your bequest can be changed down the road
  • You can still benefit your heirs with specific gifts
  • A bequest may produce estate tax savings
  • You can leave a legacy through a bequest

To learn more about bequest giving please contact Elizabeth Bollinger, VP of Fund Development and Planned Giving at 520.308.3332 or via email
Events & Promotions
The EVENT 2019 - Nashville Nights - Sunday, March 24, 2019
Team Cholla Foundation Golf Tournament
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Arizona National Golf Course
Format: Four Person Scramble
Registration Fee $100 includes:

Green Fees, Practice Range, Cart Fees, $10,000 Hole-in-one contest, dinner, prizes, and awards.
Award Ceremony and Dinner will be held at the golf course clubhouse immediately following play.

Tournament Hosted by The Cholla Foundation
10:30 am – Registration
Raffle Table and Silent Auction items open for bids.
11:50 – Report to Carts
Noon – Shotgun start
4:30 – Social hour, cash bar, raffle
6:00 – dinner and awards.

If you don’t have a team, we will pair you up with some fun Team Cholla members. Additional guest are welcome for dinner at a cost of $30 each.

Registration closes February 10th , 2019. Register early to ensure a spot as we are limited to 62 teams.
Play will commence, rain or shine. Sorry, no rainchecks.
Questions: Contact Tim Meyer 605-360-1268 /
Tax Time - Make your Taxes Count - It's Better to Give and to Receive
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is a qualifying charity for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Your contribution may qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $800 per family. No investment is too great to ensure our children have great futures!
Tucson Conquistadores Charity Raffle to
with your purchase of Tucson Conquistadores Raffle Tickets
Your choice of a 2019 Camaro LT or a 2019 Colorado Crew Cab WT
The Tucson Conquistadores and O’Rielly Chevrolet have partnered to benefit members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson!

Join the Club in supporting Tucson’s youth by purchasing raffle tickets for just $10 each. Your support will enable over 4,500 Club members annually to participate in programs that promote Character & Leadership, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.

**Last day to purchase raffle tickets is on Sunday, May 12 th, 2019**

Grand Prize drawing will be held on May 30 th at O’Reilly Chevrolet. Winner need not be present. For additional information, please visit Tucson Conquistadores website or contact the Clubs at 520.573.3533.

Actual 2019 Camaro LT or a 2019 Colorado Crew Cab WT to be awarded may not resemble the particular models pictured above.

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