TEN BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS RECEIVE TOP HONORS AS
“MAYTAG DEPENDABLE CLUBS” OF THE YEAR
Clubs Awarded One-Time Grants for Exemplary Efforts and Dependability in Helping Youth Achieve Great Futures
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 5, 2011 – For the second year in a row, Maytag brand has worked hand-in-hand with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to honor exemplary Clubs from across the country with the Maytag Dependable Club of the Year awards. Through a national partnership between Maytag and BGCA, 10 Clubs were awarded a grant for their demonstrated commitment to dependability and dedication to keeping youth on the path to achieve great futures. The Clubs were evaluated during a rigorous judging process and selected to receive this distinctive award and one-time grant from Maytag to help deepen their impact in the communities they serve.
“For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has provided life-enhancing opportunities to enable young people to become productive, caring, responsible citizens,” said William Beck, brand director, Maytag. “The dynamic partnership between Maytag and this respected organization has created an opportunity to showcase Boys & Girls Clubs that are supporting this mission, and we are honored to recognize them for their efforts.”
BGCA and Maytag share a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years. Maytag brand’s mission is to build high-performing and dependable products. Boys & Girls Clubs dependably serve youth, enabling them to reach their full potential as high-performing adults. The partnership continues the great work of Boys & Girls Clubs, and their positive impact on youth, families and communities.
This year’s winning Clubs vary in size, type and location, and hail from all areas of the country. The grant program recognizes Clubs that excel in a variety of areas including: a recruitment and retention strategy for registered members; a dependable, engaged board; a dependable, diversified and sustainable resource development plan, which includes strategies in stewarding donors and cultivating relationships; a dependable staff that drives measurable results; and dependable partnerships that address community needs.
The 2011 Maytag Dependable Clubs of the Year are:
· Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, Bellingham, Wash.
· Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Ore.
· Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, Texas
· Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club, Ark.
· Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County, Trenton, N.J.
· Boys & Girls Clubs of Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Wash.
· Boys & Girls Club of Vineland, N.J.
· Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
· Boys & Girls Club of Orangeburg Area, S.C.
· Boys & Girls Club of El Sobrante, Calif.
"We are both honored and grateful to the Maytag Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and our McAllen community partners. While we are proud of our facilities and programs, we believe it is the focus on mentoring relationships between youth and trained, caring adults that make the greatest impact and put us in a position to be recognized," states Laura Reagan-Porras, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen. The Boys & Girls Club of McAllen serves more than 13,000 youth members annually in 15 different sites throughout the McAllen Metro Area.
“Boys & Girls Clubs serve as a dependable and safe place for some 4 million youth during critical non-school hours,” said Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Through the Maytag Dependable Club Awards, we are recognizing outstanding Boys & Girls Clubs and helping them deepen their impact on youth and communities. We are very proud to partner with Maytag, and very grateful for their support and dependability in helping young people achieve great futures.”
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About Maytag Brand
For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima™ front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit http://www.maytag.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
Local contact: Laura Reagan-Porras, Chief Professional Officer, (956) 802-2461; Laurareagan4@aol.com; firstname.lastname@example.org