Embarking on its fifth consecutive year, students ages 5 through 18 enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale scholarship programs for low-income families will shop for new school clothes, shoes and supplies, thanks to the generosity of community leaders Ellie and Michael Ziegler. Each recipient from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Branches will have a $100 budget to select the essentials they need. Kohl’s will contribute an additional discount to stretch the dollars even further.
“Michael and I are truly honored to present this program, which allows the Club’s most vulnerable members to pursue their dreams and academic success with the same drive and confidence as their peers,” event founder Ellie Ziegler said. “To inject more excitement into our fifth year, we’ve streamlined the program to serve more than 710 children and teens during three high-energy Prep Rallies featuring shopping, games, books, backpacks and special appearances,” Michael Ziegler added.
Schedule of Events at Kohl’s Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Friday, July 28, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
The kick-off event will feature event founders Ellie and Michael Ziegler, as well as players from Arizona State University’s men’s basketball team. These role models and community volunteers from The Phoenix Suns will accompany 290 children from Vestar, Thunderbirds, Piper, McKee and Red Mountain Branches as they fill their shopping lists.
Saturday, July 29, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Approximately 325 children from the Barker, Scottsdale Charros, and Peach Springs (will shop in Flagstaff) Branches will choose necessities with the assistance of volunteers from Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club and VOS.
Thursday, August 3, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
One hundred teens from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale Branches across the Valley will shop for their back-to-school needs at Kohl’s with GoDaddy community volunteers.
“We remain grateful for the Zieglers, Kohl’s, and the community volunteers who have helped to level the playing field for thousands of our youth as they enter a new school year. Prep Rallies provide the essential clothing and school supplies for kids who would otherwise not have the resources for these items,” said Lisa Hurst, BGCS Chief Executive Officer.