Good News Newsletter | July 2018
P.O. Box 40217, Tucson, AZ 85717 | | 520.573.3533
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Dear BGCT supporters

I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer so far and enjoying this special time of year for our young people.

Summer camp at BGCT is in full swing and our BGCT staff are engaging youth in fun, active and healthy summer programs. Our Summer Day Camps provide positive role models and the opportunity for our kids to meet friends, discover new interests and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks to our board, sponsors, community partners and BGCT staff for their amazing efforts and work to support this important experience for over 1200 Tucson youth. Our kids and families depend on us to open our doors and provide a safe and welcoming place during this critical out of school time and we could not do it without you!

We are grateful to you and wish you a wonderful July 4th holiday.
Debbie Wagner, CEO
In the News
Comcast and Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Expand Horizons for Youth 
Comcast supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson and programs to help youth explore their interests, develop their potential and succeed in school and beyond.
Recently, teens participating in Boys and Girls Pascua Yaqui Keystone Club traveled to New York to visit NYU and Columbia University as part of the Club’s youth leadership and development program. Comcast NBCUniversal surprised the students with a VIP tour of the Comcast NBCUniversal studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

On Friday, June 8, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson held its 27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner and Awards Ceremony to honor high-achieving Southern Arizona students with Youth of the Year Awards and college scholarships.

Rosalinda Cancio, a Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse Member, was presented with a special $2,000 Comcast Academic Achiever Scholarship Award. As an added surprise, all of the student Awardees received Comcast-funded laptops, fully loaded with Microsoft Office products and Norton Antivirus, to better equip them for the next stage of their academic careers.

Read more about Rosalinda and Comcast’s commitment to supporting digital literacy for Tucson youth on Comcast's blog
DEK Multi-Purpose Hockey Rink Making Progress at the Doolen Middle School Campus Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse
The new DEK Multi-Purpose Hockey Rink is well on its way to becoming a reality at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson’s Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse. The Clubhouse, one of six in Tucson, will be the first in our community to get this new system.

It will be known as the William J. Dawson “Wizard of the Desert” Memorial DEK Hockey Rink. Mr. Dawson was the former Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs for 30 years.

Thank you to the Tucson Roadrunners, Sundt Construction, Emeritus Board Member Mark Irvin, TUSD, local officials and all the supporters for making this project possible.

More details regarding ribbon cutting and grand opening coming soon.
Club Kids Enjoyed Kidfest 2018
iHeartRadio’s My 92.9 and R Entertainment presented Tucson Kidsfest powered by Tucson Electric Power, this past weekend June 23-24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The largest family event in Tucson was held indoors at the Tucson Convention Center and will offered activities for kids of all ages. Activities included the TNT Slam Dunk Show, a dinosaur encounter where kids interacted with dinosaurs and participated in a fossil digging challenge, game trucks, inflatables, carnival rides, electric animal rides, a Bookman’s Entertainment Area, and more.

A full-day of entertainment hosted by Funergy included games, dancing, and an interactive show with celebrity guests Karan Brar from Disney Channel’s “Jessie” and “Bunk’d” on Saturday and Sofia Wylie from Disney Channel’s “Andi Mak” on Sunday.

Club kids were treated to a special early admission period to enjoy the fun before anyone else. Needless to say, the kids had a blast. Thank you to our partners for making this opportunity possible.
Planned Giving
Give Your Family the Gift of Education
College is expensive, and there is no sign of educational costs declining any time soon. If you want to help your children and grandchildren get ahead in life, there are ways you can help them lower the cost of higher education.

One of the best ways to help a child or grandchild is to establish and contribute to a qualified 529 plan. 529 plans can make distributions to almost all accredited colleges and universities in the country for:
·        Tuition
·        Books
·        Other education-related expenses

If you want to benefit more than one child and don’t wish to establish multiple 529 plan accounts, consider creating an education unitrust. This is a charitable remainder trust where funds can be transferred to the trust tax-free. You or your trustee control how the funds are invested. You can also stipulate who can receive funds from the trust and under what conditions.

After the trust has completed all your primary objectives, any remaining funds go to help charity, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson. With this plan, you can save taxes, benefit your family, and continue your legacy with our Club.
Summer Camp Spotlight
Members of the Steve Daru Clubhouse enjoyed some time at the barber shop this summer. A huge thank you to Dunbar Barber Academy for providing our kids with fresh haircuts! They all loved their new looks including their parents!
Club members enjoyed a field trip to Reid Park Zoo where they had up close encounters with several animals.
Wildcat Cooking Adventures Program

A three day workshop where members learned about healthy foods, cooking, food safety and table etiquette.
At the Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse Club members are learning to code!!

July will also include computer lab staff (Chris) offering Mad Scientist activities and a mini science fair!
Just a few of the fun, educational programs the kids participated in...

  • Summer Brain Gain
  • Wild life animal presentations
  • Owl pellets dissection
  • Traditional flower making
  • Architect’s building a mini replica of their community
  • Cakes for Causes
  • And fun in the sun!
Thank you to our partner Hensley Beverage Company for supporting our Keystone Club snack bars at all six Clubhouses through a generous donation of a variety of beverages.
Ways to Support the Clubs
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!
Build-a-Bear Promotion
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is excited to announce our continued partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop and Build-A-Bear Foundation during the 2018 Back2School season. Build-A-Bear and Build-A-Bear Foundation are committed to adding a little more heart to life, and have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to make a positive impact in the communities where their employees live, work, and play.

Starting July 5, guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can support Boys & Girls Clubs by adding a donation to their purchase at check-out both in-stores and online until Sept. 5. In addition to the in-store fundraising campaign, Build-A-Bear will donate 10,000 furry friends to local Boys & Girls Clubs, in celebration of Build-A-Bear's 20th anniversary and National Teddy Bear Day.

The mission of Build-A-Bear Foundation is to inspire kids to be Helpful, Empowered, Accepting, Respectful and Team players. To learn about Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit
3rd Annual "Turkey Shoot" Sporting Clay Event
Save the Date
Party with a Purpose Signature Dinner with Coach Lute & Kelly Olson
November 18, 2018 at North Italia
What is AmazonSmile?
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 #40329.

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

Enroll your Fry's Card today!