SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ (May 11, 2018) – Executive Council Charities committed $1,250,000 over 10 years, their largest contribution to date, to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. To celebrate the commitment to the Club’s youth, BGCS announced the newly-named Executive Council Charities Teen Center at the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch located on Miller Road in Scottsdale.
On Thursday, May 10, the official recognition of this commitment and announcement of the name change took place at a ceremony in front of the teen center that serves on average 100 teens daily with engaging and award-winning programming.
“Many of us teens are going through a lot,” said Dahlia S., Barker Branch Keystone President and Club teen, who opened the ceremony. “Knowing that organizations like Executive Council Charities support us, means so much.”
Members from Executive Council Charities along with Board members and staff from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale gathered to celebrate this moment.
Executive Council Charities provides grants to programs and nonprofit organizations focused on helping youth in Arizona overcome adversity. They have maintained a close relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for more than a decade.
“Boys & Girls Club programs have been paramount to the work of EC70 members for nearly 50 years and we are proud to stay true to those roots and put our name on one of the most dynamic Teen Centers impacting so many local youth,” said Josh Rogers, 2018-2019 Board Chairman for Executive Council Charities. “We are excited to make an investment at this level to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale which will help these teens overcome adversity and become future leaders.”
Previous commitments include $375,000 over five years in 2013 to fund the Power Hour room and programming at the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch along with programming at the Red Mountain and Lehi Branches in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
“Executive Council Charities’ continued investment in our youth has been instrumental in helping our kids reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS President & CEO. “ECC’s vested interest in the success of our community’s young people will impact future generations and our community as a whole. We are so proud to dedicate The Executive Council Charities Teen Center to show our joint commitment to our kids and our community.”
This most recent contribution will be used for teen activities and facilities at the Barker Branch. To increase their impact, ECC members have pledged to participate in activities and programs, helping to inspire teens with their community support.