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Good News Newsletter  |  December 17, 2017
In This Issue
Board Meeting
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

Culinary Dropout
2543 E. Grant Road

Monday, January 29, 2018
5:30 - 8:00pm

Monica Galaz
520.308.3336 or email
Board Budget Meeting

 Admin Office

Thursday, January 11
Board Mixer  


Wednesday, January 3
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Upcoming Events
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium
545 N. National Championship Dr

Friday, December 29
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO

During this season of gratitude I am continually touched by the service and generosity of our amazing partners, sponsors, donors, Board and staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. This month's newsletter highlights just some of the amazing ways that generous individuals and organizations have come together with our team to support our special youth and vital BGCT programs including serving over 2000 Thanksgiving meals to our youth and their families, shopping for new clothes with 120 of our kids at the annual TEP shopping spree at Kohls and supporting our Clubhouse holiday parties with a financial gift or collecting gifts.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you for these successes and many more like them throughout 2017, as they could not be possible without you.

As individuals and as a society, community service is an important measure of our progress. Without it, the quality of all of our lives would suffer. Giving back is a vital experience for those who choose to serve, as well as for our youth and families who benefit from it.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has."  Magaret Mead

Please continue to light the way for our youth. Join us this month and into the new year through one or all of the many opportunities available to create "Great Futures!"

Have a wonderful holiday season.
Debbie Wagner, CEO
In the News
Thanksgiving at the Clubs

Thanksgiving at the Clubs is truly a time of celebration. It's a time for our Club members and their families to come together, create memories, and enjoy a fun evening of family-time, laughter, games, music, and of course a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. It's also a time for our Partners, Board members, donors, staff and volunteers to come together and serve. Serve the youth that we are so passionate about, serve their families and to show them how much we care and how important they are. Here are a few highlights from Thanksgiving at the Clubs. 
With your help, we served over 2,000 meals this year at our six Clubhouses.
Thank you to all who made Thanksgiving 2017 possible:
Bank of the West
Catalina Rotary Club
NOVA Home Loans
Safelite AutoGlass
Southwest Gas
Taco Bell/Tacobocci
Tucson Local Media
...and a special thanks to all the staff who worked tirelessly to coordinate, plan, decorate and deliver six beautiful events.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Clubs is an important part of serving our community and creating memories for our youth and their families, because for so many of our youth the Clubhouse is their home-away-from-home and their second family. Great futures really do start here. 

Tucson Electric Power Brightens the Holiday Season for 120 Youth Club Members at 19th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Shopping Spree

For 19 years, Tucson Electric Power has been committed to brightening the holidays for 120 deserving Boys & Girls Club Members and this year was no different.

Early on the morning of December 2nd, 100 of TEP community volunteers joined youth Club members to celebrate the gift of giving at the Kohl's Pantano and Broadway location. Through Tucson Electric Power's generous donation of $12,000, each child received funds to purchase new clothing and shoes for the holidays. 

"This is our 19th year sponsoring and shopping with the youth, and it is one of our favorite volunteer projects," said Dave Hutchens, UNS Energy Corporation President. "The children have earned the holiday reward by being good students and leaders and participating in clubhouse activities, so we are delighted to partner with BGCT to reward their efforts."

Club Members were chosen to participate in the shopping spree based upon regular attendance, good behavior, program participation and commitment to community service.  "We are honored that a tremendous community corporate supporter, TEP, has once again stepped up to provide funding for this very special event for our kids.  The majority of our Club members come from disadvantaged circumstances and the shopping spree provides an opportunity to reward positive behavior, build self-esteem, and put smiles on their faces during the holiday season", said Debbie Wagner, Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

Many thanks to TEP and its employees for making this event possible for our kids!
It's Starting to Look a lot like Santa's Workshop at the Clubs

During this time of year sometimes we get so busy we forget the meaning of the season. But here at the Clubs it's easy to be reminded of how blessed we are and how many people support the Clubs and its mission to create great futures. Let's just say, Santa's elves have been showing up a lot lately to ensure every Club member receives a gift and has a memorable holiday party at their Clubhouse this year.  It is truly a sight to see!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank some of the elves! Many thanks to all those who have made the toy drive a success and to all the individuals and companies who have sponsored the holiday parties to be held at each Clubhouse next week.

A Great BIG "THANK YOU" To All of Santa's Helpers
Taco Bell/Todd Bisbocci
Tamra Briley
Julie Butcher
Dillinger Brewing Co.
Laura Feemster
Long Realty
Papa Johns
Safelite AutoGlass
Lisa Soares
SportClips of Tucson
Angela Weir and Mom
Wells Fargo Bank
Westin LaPaloma

We'd also like to thank our annual Partners for their generous support:

It's Better to Give and to Receive - Give the Gift of a Great Future through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

It's that time of year again when we all start thinking about the holidays, end of the year, and our taxes...

Remember, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson is a qualifying charitable organization for the Arizona Charitable Organization Tax Credit, formerly known as the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit.  Through donations like yours, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is able to serve more than 8,000 youth in Tucson through access to 6 clubhouses, quality programing, homework help, a caring staff and a safe place to go after school.

When you make a qualifying donation, you can receive a tax credit that reduces the amount you owe the state; dollar-for-dollar.  You may even be able to donate the maximum for your filing status (Joint or Single).

Understanding the Arizona Charitable Giving Tax Credit

If you are an Arizona taxpayer, you may claim this tax credit in addition to other types of tax credits - Click Here for More Information

The EVENT 2018 - Early Bird Tickets Available
April 15th | La Encantada | 6-9pm
"THE EVENT" , Tucson's premier tasting event, is an evening under the stars celebrating the best of Tucson's gourmet food, fine wine, and live entertainment. It will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at La Encantada. Proceeds from "THE EVENT" enable the Boys & Girls Clubs to provide programs, staff and a safe place to go after school and during the summer for the 7,000 Club Members we serve annually.

Early Bird Tickets available, Click Here.
Friend of the Kids Ticket Packages with Early Bird Pricing, Click Here.
Millions for Tucson Raffle Winners Announced
The Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle 2017 Edition has finished. The winners were drawn on December 14 and included: Nicole Pecha of Tucson who won the third prize of $5,000 (ticket sold by Tucson Soccer Academy); Robert Crow of Gold Canyon, AZ who won the second prize of two plane tickets (ticket sold by Arizona Youth Partnership); and John MacTaggart of Green Valley who won a 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum (ticket sold by Friends of Madera Canyon). Congratulations to the winners and all of our 394 participating charities!

We are so thankful for Mr. Click and his automotive team for giving Tucson the opportunity to raise over $1 million dollars for local charities through the Millions for Tucson raffle. Your support truly creates Great Futures!
NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl

New Mexico State and Utah State to Play in the
NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl, December 29, 2017

It's official, the teams have been selected for the 3rd Annual NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl!

The New Mexico State Aggies and Utah State have been invited to play at the 3rd NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on December 29th at 3:30 pm at Arizona Stadium, the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The Aggies finished the season with a 6-6 record and ranked seventh in the Sun Belt conference. NMSU previously held the record for the longest bowl drought in college football history, with their last appearance being in the 1960 Sun Bowl, where they defeated Utah State 20-13. The Aggies racked up 4954 yards of total offense, led by redshirt junior and Arizona native quarterback Tyler Jones, who threw for 24 touchdowns this season. Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Cedric Wilcots and senior linebacker Dalton Herrington have combined for 13 sacks in this season and rank third and fourth for sacks overall in the conference.

Capping off the season in fourth place in the Mountain West, Utah State finishes with an overall record of 6-6. The Aggie offense had four games where they produced at least 500 yards, with senior runningback LaJuan Hunt scoring 10 touchdowns, tying a school single-season high. Redshirt freshman Jordan Love had a standout year, with more than 1,000 passing yards on the season. The Aggies defense rank third in the Mountain West in passing yards allowed, with their biggest threat being senior cornerback Jalen Davis, who has 5 interceptions. Utah State collected a total of six all-conference awards, with Davis and placekicker Dominik Eberle garnering first team honors.

CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to In Tucson, you can find the game on Direct TV Channel 221, Dish Channel 158, Cox Channel 312 or Comcast Channel 594.   

About the NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl
The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl was sanctioned in March 2015 as the 41st NCAA college football game and the third bowl game staged in Arizona. The 2016 game kicked off on December 30, 2016 and featured Air Force defeating South Alabama, 45 - 21. The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl had more than 33,000 people in attendance, a 37% increase from its inaugural year in 2015. The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl generated $20 million for Southern Arizona, $200,000 was donated to local charities. The primary goal of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl is to award all net proceeds of the game to local charities and game organizers project more than $200,000 will be donated to local charities as a result of the 2016 game.

To get involved, purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or lean more: click here or visit