Good News Newsletter | March 2019
P.O. Box 40217, Tucson, AZ 85717 | | 520.573.3533
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
It’s been an exciting and very productive start to the year for our kids, Board and staff. We had a great Annual Meeting and it was wonderful to recognize our donors, community partners and amazing Board members, for the important work they all did last year on behalf of our kids. We also recognized outgoing President Lisa Bayless and the Executive Board Officers for their outstanding service to our organization over the past 18 months and welcomed Brittany Kagele as our new Board President along with our incoming Board Officers, Julie Butcher, President Elect, Tamra Briley, Secretary, Todd Bisbocci, Treasurer and Ali Farhang Counsel.
The Team Cholla Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success with special thanks to Tim and Diane Meyer and the entire Chollla Foundation Team for an amazing day and week of events to support our full-day Summer Camp program at the clubs.
Our Mark Irvin City Youth of the Year Competition was a great success with all six of our young people doing an outstanding job on their speeches plus question and answer portions of their presentations. It was a difficult choice for the judges but Destiny Delgado, from our Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse was chosen and will now go to compete in Phoenix for the Statewide Competition on March 25 and 26 th .

We celebrated with BGC Alumni and Board Treasurer Todd Bisbocci with a special check presentation to BGCT on behalf of Todd, Tacobocci, and Taco Bell at our recent board meeting. Todd, Tacobocci, and the Taco Bell Foundation are strong advocates for our BGCT programs. Their mission is to help young people explore their career passions with scholarships, experiences and community support. We appreciate all that they do to support the local Tucson teens that need us most. It was wonderful seeing our young people busy this month filming short stories highlighting their life’s passions to win college scholarships through the Taco Mas Scholarship Program. Special thanks to Board Member Christina Geare from Banner Health Care for sponsoring the services of a videographer to capture great quality entries for this special scholarship program.
I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter and seeing all the great work and youth that you are supporting in our community.
Thank you for caring and making a positive difference in the lives of our young people.
Debbie Wagner, CEO
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In the Clubs
Congratulations to our 2019 Mark Irvin City of Tucson Youth of the Year
Destiny Delgado, Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse
Congratulations Destiny! Destiny is the 2019 “Mark Irvin City of Tucson” Youth of the Year winner from the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse.
Destiny, a senior at Cienega High School, and has been an active member of the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse for nearly 10 years. She is very active in the Clubhouse and has completed numerous programs, including Money Matters, SMART Moves, and Parks in Focus. She is also the current President of Keystone Club, a participant in the Clubhouse Internship Academy (CIA) and is a peer facilitator for the I AM YOU 360 Empowerment curricula as part of a partnership with I AM YOU 360, a local, grass-roots, non-profit organization dedicated to planting seeds of hope and watching the youth of Tucson grow, become fruitful, build self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth, and dignity all to empower young people to be academically successful and combat bullying. Destiny is always willing to lend a hand at the Clubhouse, be a positive role model, mentor of younger kids, and represent BGCT at events throughout the community. She is on track to graduate with a 4.7 GPA and is looking forward to her career as a Nurse Practitioner. Destiny plans to give back to her club and community by continuing to mentor younger at-risk youth youth in communities like hers, wherever she may find herself in life.

Destiny will go on to compete in the State Competition in Phoenix later in March. For more information, contact Monica Galaz at or call 573.3533.

What Does It Take to be Youth of the Year…
Youth of the Year has become America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teen Club Members. This nationally recognized program has a real impact on developing great futures for young people. Through an application and interview process, “Youth of the Year” candidates are selected by a local panel of esteemed judges based on leadership qualities, service to the community, academic achievement, letters of recommendation, obstacles overcome, written essays, poise, and public speaking.
Boys &Girls Clubs - Making a Difference
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly tend to do better than their peers nationally. For instance: 

  • 68% of Club 12th graders volunteer at least once per month, while 39% of 12th graders nationally do so.
  • 91% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from alcohol, compared to 77% of ninth graders nationally.
  • 91% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from marijuana use vs. 85% of ninth graders nationally.
  • 27% of Club girls in middle school are physically active each day, compared with 23% of middle-school girls nationally. 42% of Club boys in middle school exercise daily, while 37% of middle-school boys nationally do so.
  • 73% of low-income Club members ages 12 to 17 who attend the Club regularly report receiving mostly A’s and B’s, compared to 69% of their peers nationally.
  • 12th-grade Club members are more than twice as likely to express an interest in a STEM career as 12th graders nationally (56% of 12th-grade Club members vs. 25% of 12th graders nationally).
Planned Giving
Why Give to an Endowment?
The purpose of an endowment fund is to financially sustain the mission and work of a charitable organization. The principal of an endowment is kept intact and only the annual earnings, typically income and a portion of the capital growth, are used to fund current needs.

Our Boys & Girls Club has established its endowment so that we can continue to carry on our important work in the years to come. You can make a significant contribution to further our mission...and it's easier than you might think. For more information please contact Elizabeth Bollinger at 573-3533 or visit
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Tax Time - Make your Taxes Count - Keep them Local
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!

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Agustin Kitchen • AZuL at Westin La Paloma • Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Bottega Michelangelo • Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ • Casino Del Sol
Charro del Rey • Charro Steak • Chef Chic • Commoner & Co.
Contigo Latin Kitchen • Culinary Dropout • Defiant Candy Co.
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge • El Charro Café • El Saguarito • Elvira’s
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse • Frost Gelato
Hacienda del Sol • Hub Restaurants • The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge
The Lodge on the Desert • Moonsoons Tap & Grill • North Italia
 Pastiche Modern Eatery • Penca • P.F. Chang’s • [POPPED] Artisan Popcorn
Prep & Pastry • Proof • RA Sushi • Reforma Modern Mexican
 Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink • Renee’s Organic Oven • Saffron Indian Bistro
Seis Kitchen • Sullivan’s Steakhouse • Tavolino Ristorante Italiano
Topgolf Tucson • Union Public House • Villa Peru • Vivace
Wildflower • Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar • Zona 78
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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.

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