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Good News Newsletter  |  June 2018
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner

Casino Del Sol

Friday, June 8 
5:00 pm-8:00 pm  
Tickets & More Information: 
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Happy start of summer everyone!
Our BGCT team and clubhouse staff are busy winding down the school year and we have a lot to celebrate! We engaged close to over 4,500 Club Members this past school year across the Clubhouses and are now celebrating and attending member graduations and preparing for our six week, full day summer camp starting June 4th. Our clubs will be open M-F from 9a-5pm so that our members with working parents will have a safe and fun place to go.
We are excited this year to continue our focus on literacy, arts, and STEM/STEAM learning experiences with Club members. Special partnerships this summer include Parks in Focus Photography and International Wildlife Museum field trips - along with visits by their staff and critters to the Clubhouses.
All focus is now on our upcoming 27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner happening this Friday, June 8th, where we will recognize our twelve Youth of the Year and raise funds needed to support our BGCT summer programming.
As always, the opportunity kids have to learn, receive guidance, grow, be safe and have fun at the Clubs during the summer and year round is because of your ongoing support. So thank you for helping to improve the lives of children and families in Tucson.

Debbie Wagner, CEO
In the News
27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner
Friday, June 8 | Casino Del Sol | 5 - 8pm

Presented by Casino Del Sol Resort Honoring the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson 2018 Youth of the Year

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson will host its 27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner fund raising event at the beautiful Casino Del Sol Resort on Friday, June 8th from 5 PM - 8 PM featuring a silent auction, music, libations and more.

On this special occasion, Club Members dine with our guests and are treated to wonderful meals and raffle prizes. This year, all of our Clubhouse Youth of the Year Honorees will be awarded scholarships for having overcome adversity largely due to their affiliation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

In addition, our "Click for Kids" Award - the highest form of recognition for fundraising achievement within the Clubs will be presented to Mr. Sam Fox. We will also honor Mary and Rusty Garrett with the Youth Impact Award for exemplifying what it means to create impact and opportunities for our youth.

Funds raised from this event will enable us to provide Tucson's kids with a safe place to go after school, quality programming, and a caring professional staff.

Tables and Tickets Available

A Special Thank You to the Following Supporters


Platinum & VIP Table Sponsors

Julie & Dale Butcher
Hexagon Mining
MW Morrissey
Papa Johns Pizza

Tamra Briley
Farhang & Irvin
Finley Distributing
HF Coors
Hughes Federal Credit Union
Danielle Moser
Pima Community College
Taco Bell/ Tacobocci
Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Tucson Police Department
Presidio Group Wealth Management
Viscount Suite Hotel
EXCEL! Program Wraps Up Second Year, Recognizes Youth Who Maintained Good Grades

Inspired by the vision of donors Louise and Dale Henderson, the EXCEL! Program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is designed to motivate Club teens to pursue academic excellence by providing cash incentives for outstanding grades.

Immediate cash awards ($25 for a 3.0 GPA or $50 for a 3.5 GPA), plus a matched cash deposit to be withdrawn upon graduation, is provided to students who achieve good grades each quarter. In addition, any high school senior who earns a 3.5 GPA for each quarter can receive a laptop or iPad upon graduation! Learn more about the EXCEL! Program by visiting our website. 

Last month, BGCT staff and donors celebrated the successes of nearly 100 youth who participated in the 2017-2018 EXCEL! Program. We were joined by speakers David Rodriguez from the Metropolitan Education Commission and Katherina Marchese, a student at the University of Arizona. Club teens also received certificates of completion and participated in a "visioning activity" to brainstorm educational and career opportunities post-graduation.
Board Member Frank Busch in the News -
Created swimming powerhouse at UA
Former Arizona swimming coach Frank Busch 'flattered' by Hall of Fame honor

By PJ Brown Special to the Arizona Daily Star

    Former Wildcat swim coach Frank Busch spent 22 years at the UA. His men's and women's teams each won NCAA championships in 2008.

    David Sanders/AZ Daily Star 2008  
There are many ways to measure success in coaching: wins, championship, Olympics medals, accolades, awards - and simply producing good citizens.

Frank Busch did it all.

Friday night, the former Arizona Wildcats coach will add one more award to his list. The International Swimming Hall of Fame is giving Busch the Paragon Award for his outstanding contributions to competitive swimming. Busch is one of two Wildcats who will be honored at the weekend-long event: Amanda Beard will be inducted into the hall for her accomplishments in the pool.

Busch spent 22 years at the UA, winning 2008 NCAA Championships in both men's and women's swimming and finishing in the Top 5 a combined 25 times. He developed 48 NCAA individual national champions and 31 NCAA relay champions.

In 2011, Busch left the UA to become the USA Swimming's national team director. His teams collected 64 Olympic medals, 32 of them gold. Busch retired last fall, and returned home to Tucson...

To read rest of the article, click here

Introducing Kristyn Conner - New BGCT Staff Member

Please join us in welcoming Kristyn Conner, BGCT's new Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving.

Kristyn was born and raised in a small town in southern Louisiana and earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Tulane University in 2011. Shortly after, she traded the swamp for the desert and moved to Arizona where she joined the ranks of AmeriCorps. This all-volunteer network aims to alleviate poverty and meet critical community needs. She served three terms of service with AmeriCorps, working with agencies across the state - from rural school districts to the American Red Cross to local community foundations and donor-advised funds.

Over the last seven years, Kristyn expanded her professional expertise to include fundraising. Though her background is in grant writing, she also enjoys aspects of marketing, social media, database governance, and overall nonprofit management. She recently added "new mother" to her résumé and is a long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

You can reach Kristyn at:
Kristyn Conner
Office: (520) 573-3533 ext. 1127
Direct: (520) 308-3328
Don't Miss the Mark! Consider BGCT in your Plans

In a sailboat race, each boat navigates the course by sailing around a series of "marks" or buoys before racing to the finish line. If a sailboat "misses the mark," the boat must complete a 360-degree circle around the mark before continuing on to the next buoy. Today, the expression "missing the mark" is used when one does not achieve an intended goal or a complete plan.
While you may not be a sailor, it's possible to miss the mark by failing to plan for the future. Failing to plan can result in unintended consequences such as accidental disinheritance of your loved ones or loss of your estate through excess taxes.
There are easy ways to plan for the people and causes you care about, and you don't even need to visit an attorney. If you own life insurance or a retirement plan, you have the ability to name beneficiaries for your assets.
By completing a beneficiary designation form and naming your intended beneficiaries, you can provide for the people and causes that mean the most to you. If you choose to write in BGCT as a beneficiary in your plans, you could also benefit in the following ways:
* You will leave a meaningful legacy to support our work;
* Assist BGCT without changing your lifestyle;
* Pass significant assets outside of probate;
* Achieve your charitable goals while still providing for your loved ones.
To achieve your goals, consider calling your retirement account administrator or life insurance carrier and get started designating your beneficiaries. If you wish to support BGCT, please contact us and let us know how you would like your gift to be used.