Good News Newsletter | August 2018
P.O. Box 40217, Tucson, AZ 85717 | | 520.573.3533
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Happy Back-to-School Month everyone!

After a very successful 2018 Summer Session, we are now fully focused on delivering an outstanding 2018-2019 August-May curriculum to our youth and introducing new opportunities for our young people to grow and learn within the Clubs.

In support of that effort, we were thrilled to dedicate the new William J. Dawson Memorial DEK Hockey Rink at the Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse last week. The BGCT provides a safe, fun and affordable place for kids to go during out of school time to connect with caring, trained staff and engage in enriching programs that promote healthy lifestyles plus social, leadership and character development. We help our kids achieve great futures by providing an engaging club experience through impactful, Club-based activities such as the arts, STEM, homework help, technology support, sports and NOW - playing The Game of Hockey with their sneakers on!

The symbol of two hands grasping each other is significant to Boys & Girls Clubs as it represents our mission to lift-up and support the youth we serve; providing them a clear path to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams. This special project wonderfully demonstrated the power of what we can do when our community works together towards a common vision to improve and lift up the lives of our young people.

The new DEK Hockey Rink would not be possible without our amazing Emeritus board member, Mark Irvin, who orchestrated this special collaboration of so many community and business entities to successfully build this exciting new Rink in record time and through 100% donations. Special thanks to him and the many generous individuals, community leaders and business partners who stepped forward to bring this exciting new opportunity to the Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse kids and Doolen Middle School neighborhood.

Special thanks to Bob Hoffman and the Tucson Roadrunner team, the Phoenix Coyotes, Kelly K from KuKaZi, Mayor Rothschild and the city of Tucson, TUSD Superintendent Dr. Trujillo, Ian McDowell, Vice President of Sundt Construction and his team, Principal Morales from Doolen Middle School, Tucson Parks and Rec, Ken Flower from Arizona Party Rental, Daniel Miranda, our Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse director and our Legal Counsel Ali Farhang.

I am also excited to announce that Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson received a very generous $67,000 Grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities to support the Steve Daru Clubhouse Gym. The space has needed renovation for some time and we are so grateful to Jose Moreno and Fiesta Bowl Charities for supporting BGCT with this special grant from their amazing organization.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” Helen Keller

Thank you to our special donors, sponsors, community partners, Board members and BGCT staff for inspiring me every day with their commitment to make a difference in the lives of our youth and community.
Debbie Wagner, CEO
In the News
New DEK Hockey Rink Opens and Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse Members and Community
New outdoor DEK Hockey Rink unveiled at ribbon cutting on June 23, 2018 at Tucson Unified School District’s Doolen Middle School campus and Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson’s Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse as part of Tucson Roadrunners, American Hockey League affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes’ initiative to encourage youth hockey leagues and affordable, year-round access to athletic opportunities including DEK Hockey, Ball Hockey, Inline, Street Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Volleyball and many other indoor/outdoor sports.
The William J. Dawson Memorial DEK Hockey Rink, as it will be known, is named for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson’s former 30-year Executive Director and is the first of several facilities to be built in Tucson. The facility will be used by TUSD when school is in session and then managed and operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson at other times. The project’s partners, strategy and business development leaders hope to evolve a DEK hockey league system, with multiple locations throughout Tucson including clinic opportunities with Roadrunner players.

This project was made possible by Tucson Road Runners, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson’s Emeritus Board member Mark Irvin, Tucson Unified School District, EMPowerplay and the City of Tucson, as well as generous donors including Sundt Construction, Inc and its subcontractors Hardrock Concrete, CEMEX and Concord Construction.

Click on links below for additional information and media coverage:
Donated Flags to Fly at all Six Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Clubhouses in Thanks to Flags for the Flagless
When Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Board President Lisa Bayless learned that an organization existed locally that could help the Clubs restore its Clubhouses’ flag poles and replace its weathered or non-existing flags at each of the organizations six Clubhouses, she did not hesitate to reach out to Charley Foley, founder of Flags for the Flagless. Mr. Foley answered the call immediately and patriotically spent his 4 th of July holiday repairing the poles, procuring replacement parts and of course, raising the flags.
“It was so beautiful seeing the new flags waving out front of the Clubhouses. I really believe it brings a sense of pride to our Club members when they enter the buildings. We are truly grateful for Flags for the Flagless and their generosity,” said Debbie Wagner, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
Clubhouses reopened for the academic school year on August 2, 2018.
About Flags for the Flagless
Police officers Charley Foley and Bradley Clark founded “Flags for the Flagless” after repeatedly seeing un-used flagpoles throughout Tucson, AZ. Charley Foley comes from a line of veterans and Bradley Clark is a 20-year combat Army veteran. Both are mindfully respectful of all that our country stands for and what the American Flag represents. They both hope to foster a sense of patriotism and pride in the community with the “Flags for the Flagless” project.
“FFF”, a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks out businesses, organizations, homes and schools to provide American Flags for classrooms and un-used flagpoles. They also take on an educational role, providing historical facts, images and American Flag protocol information to the public. “Flags for the Flagless” plans to reach out to as many schools as possible, on both a local and national level, to ensure that American Flags will fly in their classrooms. And they will continue to hang American Flags on flagpoles throughout Tucson, Arizona and the USA.
Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse Director Adam Ortiz Appointed Two-Year Term on Native Council Advisory Committee by Boys & Girls Clubs of America
We are excited to announce that our Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse Club Director Adam Ortiz has been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to serve a two-year term on the Native Council Advisory Committee.

The Native Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership and insight on Native history, traditions, values and culture that will help establish and refine BGCA’s systems and methods of service to assure the greatest benefit for Native Clubs. Individuals who assume a position on the committee are responsible for providing Native Services with input on Club training and professional development and issues facing Native youth. NAC members must support Native Services by identifying resources and potential sponsors to further services to Native youth.

Over the past 25 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has established an enduring presence on Native Lands and has committed to improving the capacity of Boys & Girls Clubs to serve a greater number of Native youth. BGCA has dramatically increased its impact by improving the Clubs’ ability to build and sustain strategic collaborations with Tribal leaders and key stakeholders.

BGCA continues its pledge to assist Native communities and expand youth development. Such efforts have been demonstrated by the establishment of BGCA Native Services and through an increase in national professional staff to assist in building the capacity of professionals in our Clubs, including developing leaders at all levels of our Native organizations. BGCA Native Services is committed to strengthening the cultural identity of Native youth through programming that promotes positive youth development along critical cultural, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical dimensions through sustainable organizations.

Congratulations Adam!
Planned Giving
Easy Ways to Support the Causes You Care About
More than ever, people are searching for something to make their lives better. While winning the lottery or a trip to a casino might provide the illusion of striking it rich, the reality is these schemes rarely work.

You can find great joy and meaning in supporting the causes you care about. What causes are most important to you?

You may be surprised to learn just how easy it is to partner with your Boys & Girls Club and help us fulfill our important work. All of the ideas below are ways you can help support the Club while benefiting yourself and your loved ones.
Consider naming our Club as a beneficiary of your IRA. All or a portion of your IRA can pass automatically to us and help further our mission. It’s easy to call your IRA administrator and ask to change or add beneficiaries to your account. Many account providers now permit you to make beneficiary designations online.
Support the kids by designating our Club as a beneficiary of a new or unneeded life insurance policy. Making this charitable gift is as easy as contacting your policy provider to complete a beneficiary designation form.
One of the easiest ways to help us is by naming your Boys & Girls Club as a “POD” (Payable on Death) beneficiary of one or more of your financial or investment accounts. By completing a simple document, you can gift any unused funds in your accounts to help us in our work.
It’s easy (and costs you nothing today) to support your Boys & Girls Club! If our organization is a beneficiary in your plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you and also make sure that your gift is used for the causes that mean the most to you.

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
Millions for Tucson Charity Raffle
with your purchase of Millions for Tucson Raffle Tickets
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Grand Prize 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 
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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!
Family Dollar Promotion
This Back-to-School Season, Family Dollar is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs and you can too! Visit your local store now through August 28 for the chance to contribute!

Also, several Family Dollar stores around town have BGCT donation boxes to collect back to school supplies! Thank you for your support.
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
HeART Works
October 5-7, 2018 at La Encantada
October 5th - 7th, 2018
Special HeART Works Event
at La Encantada

Private Reception
Friday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Save the Date
Party with a Purpose Signature Dinner with Coach Lute & Kelly Olson
November 18, 2018 at North Italia
What is AmazonSmile?
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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!