Good News Newsletter | September 2018
P.O. Box 40217, Tucson, AZ 85717 | | 520.573.3533
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Greetings and Happy Fall Everyone.

It's that super busy time of year again. We just had our last summer holiday weekend and are focusing on the start of a new school year. Of course our programs and youth impact would not be possible without you. We want to make sure that you don’t miss any of the amazing things you helped make happen so please read on.

The HeART Works store and sale is coming to La Encantada on October 6-7 with proceeds to benefit the HeART Works program focused on building self-confidence through artistic expression and our year round Clubhouse art classes. Thank you to volunteer extraordinaire Cindy Robertson for bringing this special program to our BGCT kids with a grant from the Catalina Rotary Club and Presido Group Wealth Management. She has been working all year with our youth, art staff, local artists, Board members and community supporters such as Diana Madaras, Mary Garrett, Jeannie Neubauer, Karen Downey, Lawrence Lee, Vincetta Westerbeke and many others on this new project for our organization. Thank you all!

Dante Laurette, our Board Member, Rocket Scientist and 2017 Hall of Fame member, will be featured on national and local Tucson Coke bottles, trucks and in Dollar Stores during the months of September and October. Dante continues to organize a science club at Steve Daru and is working with us on a major grant from the National Science Foundation in partnership with the U of A. We are honored to have Dante on our Board and feel lucky to have him here in Tucson mentoring our youth and supporting our STEM programs.

Special thanks to Robert Welsh from Papa John’s for designating BGCT to benefit from a special one day event on August 29th. BGCT received 29% of all proceeds from food ordered that day. Thanks to all of you that supported this one day event for our kids. BGCT will also continue to be Papa John’s of Tucson’s charity of choice for a year round fundraiser when you order the BGCT special. Thank you to Robert and Papa John’s for your support.

And, as always, thank you for helping to improve the lives of children and families!
Debbie Wagner, CEO
Tell Us What You Think
As a valued supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT), we invite you to complete our 2018 Supporter Survey as your views and opinions are very important to us.

This survey gives us the opportunity to learn your thoughts about BGCT, our programs, and how to effectively communicate with you and other supporters. It should take only 5 minutes to complete and you will be entered to win a $100 North Italia gift card.

Thank you for your help and for your ongoing generous support.
In the News
Welcome New Board Members
Interim Fire Chief Joe Gulotta
Tucson Fire Department

Joe Gulotta has been serving the community for more than 34 years in fire services, working with the Tucson Fire Department for 29 of them. He currently serves as Interim Fire Chief of the Tucson Fire Department and is excited to be a new member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Board of Directors. Chief Gulotta received a masters degree in Administrative Leadership from Northern Arizona University and his undergraduate degree in Fire Services, as well as Emergency Medical Technician in Para-medicine. He is married with four children and has served on the Boards of the Salvation Army, Southern Arizona American Red Cross, as well as volunteers for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Join us in welcoming Interim Fire Chief Gulotta!
Nary Vang
Web Design & Marketing Specialist
Cummings Plumbing Heating & Cooling

Nary Vang is an alumni from the University of St. Thomas. Among her proudest monuments are graduating summa cum laude with a 4.2 GPA, earning her masters degree in Business Management and bachelor of arts degree in Human Resources Management, opening up her own graphic design company at the age of 25, being a member of MENSA International, receiving her SPHR certification, receiving her Microsoft Professional Certification, and becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster. In her spare time, she indulges in the written word and loves to snuggle up with a good book.

Join us in welcoming Nary!
Pascua Yaqui Club Members and Staff Attend Entrepreneurship Program Through Scholarship for Eller College of Management at University of Arizona
Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse Club Director Adam Ortiz was able to secure scholarships and acceptance in a special entrepreneurship program for several teen Club members and staff through the Business Entrepreneurship Program at University of Arizona with scholarships provided through the Eller Economic Development Program at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.

The teens selected are academically excelling teens from the Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse and staff who will directly participate in the entrepreneurship programming at the Clubhouse.
Upon completion, this program will enhance the resumes of all in attendance, but more importantly provide knowledge that can be applied to enrich the organization and programming at the Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse.
Planned Giving
Are Your Plans Up-to-Date?
One of the most effective ways to care for your family is with a current estate plan. Are your plans up-to-date? Here are some questions to consider.

  • Have there been significant life changes with your family (marriages, divorces, births, deaths, etc.) since you last updated your will or trust?
  • Are you certain that your assets are properly titled? Titling issues may cause your assets to be unintentionally distributed to someone else.
  • Will your plan cause unity or division among your heirs? What legacy will you leave for your family? For your community?

Always be sure to consult your estate planner or tax advisor when making important financial decisions. If you’d like to learn more about how you can support a charitable organization like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson in your will, please contact us at (520) 573-3533.

For more information on how you can leave a lasting legacy, contact Elizabeth Bollinger, VP of Fund Development and Planned Giving at 520.308.3332 or via email .
Back-to-School at the Clubs
Back-to-School think After-School…

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is dedicated to ensuring that all of Tucson’s youth have access to proven, quality, after-school programming, a caring staff, and a safe Clubhouse that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. Clubhouses offer over 40 programs throughout the year to its members in five core areas promoting Education & Career, Character & Leadership, the Arts, and Health & Life Skills with the goal that every young person who is an active member will graduate high school and have a plan for their future.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson currently serves over 4,500 active Club members at its six Clubhouses and reaches over 9,000 youth throughout the community. Last year 96% of our teen-aged Club members were on track to graduate from high school and 85% of them expected to complete some form of post-secondary education.
Currently, the only cost to our Club members is an annual school-year membership fee of $20. That’s 36 weeks of after-school programming with dinner included at all six Clubhouses and no child is ever turned away for inability to pay. The true cost to the organization is more than $700 per child. Needless to say, we can’t do it without your support!
The 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. Thank you! 
Other Ways to Support the Clubs
You're Invited to the 1st Annual HeART Works Store
Join us for a special shopping experience of beautifully hand-crafted gifts created by the kids for every occasion! Presented by Catalina Rotary Club and Presido Group Wealth Management.

October th - 7th, 2018
HeART Works Store at
La Encantada next to Kendra Scott

Private Reception and Fine Arts Exhibit Friday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

HeART Works is an art program to build self confidence through artistic expression for youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

Each piece of art is beautifully hand-crafted by the kids and presented with a key which represents opening the door to a great future.

You can follow HeART Works on Facebook at
Join Us!
Party with a Purpose Signature Dinner with Coach Lute & Kelly Olson
November 18, 2018 at North Italia
Coach Lute & Kelly Olson’s Party with a Purpose is an evening of Bubbles, Bourbon, Bidding and dinner at the beautiful North Italia restaurant located at La Encantada. The evening will include a Live and Silent auction, along with music to entertain during the cocktail hour. 

Tickets are $250 per person. Seating is very limited.

Dinner graciously donated by Fox Restaurant Concepts and Presenting Sponsor is Desert Diamond Casino and Entertainment.

All proceeds support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

Reserve your seats today by calling us at 520.308.3336 or email Jill Conway at .
2nd Annual Beer, Brats & Brew Tour
Sunday, October 14 at Dillinger Brewing Co.
Southern Arizona Barrel Racing Association Presents the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Benefit Barrel Race
October 27th & October 28th
Pima County Fairgrounds

Southern Arizona Barrel Racing Association (SABRA) is proud to produce the 12th annual charity barrel racing event. SABRA is a family oriented, local club of barrel racers that race against the clock for the love of the sport. In the past years, SABRA’s charity events have drawn over 300 or more people including participants, spectators, and vendors. SABRA charity events advertise on their website, social media, local television, and radio stations. Last year, SABRA raised over $2,000 to donate to Hurricane Harvey Equine Victims. The year before, over $3,000 went to Donate Life Arizona.

This year, SABRA is very excited and pleased to announce its’ partnership with the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Tucson!

To learn more about attending or to become a sponsor, click here .
3rd Annual "Turkey Shoot" Sporting Clay Event
Friday, November 16 at Tucson Trap & Skeet
Millions for Tucson Charity Raffle
with your purchase of Millions for Tucson Raffle Tickets
Win one of THREE great prizes!
Grand Prize 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 
2nd Prize Two round-trip, first-class airline tickets
to anywhere in the world.
3rd Prize $5,000 in cash!
The Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle 2018 Edition has launched! This year Mr. Click is raffling off a 2018 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SUMMIT as the grand prize. In addition to the grand prize, two other prizes are available second prize is two first-class, round-trip airline tickets anywhere in the world (restrictions apply – please see guidelines) and third prize is $5,000.

100% of your contribution will help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson continue to provide over 9,000 of Tucson’s youth and over 4,500 Club members with proven affordable after-school programming that promotes healthy practices, skill building and pathways to GREAT FUTURES!
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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

To select or change your charity to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Your AmazonSmile” under the "Account & Lists" tab.
Fry's Community Rewards
Link your Fry's card to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson #UJ469

Money will come back tot he Clubs on every purchase you make.

Enroll your Fry's Card today!