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Media Alert: Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Host "2012 Great Futures Gala" on October 11 Supporting Youth Clubs in the Greater Los Angeles Area

Prominent Supporters Including Olympic Medalists, Goldie Hawn, Mario Lopez, Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard, Verdine White and Others Salute the Work of Boys & Girls Clubs and Its Impact on Local Youth

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2012) -

ADVANCE INTERVIEWS: BGCA VIPs and Celebrities Upon Request
GALA EVENT INVITATION: 
http://lagala.bgca

Thursday, October 11, 2012
5:00 PM Red Carpet Media Interviews
5:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner Program; Live and Silent Auctions

LOCATION: JW Marriott, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

EVENT: Prominent business, entertainment and political leaders will join sports and entertainment celebrities, World Champions and 2012 Olympic medalists, in salute to the work of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), honoring its vision, mission and outstanding accomplishments. More than 1.2 million youth are served through 221 clubs and 956 club sites in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

RED CARPET ATTENDEES (To Date)
Actors Goldie Hawn, Mario Lopez; CW Network Executive John Maata; John Ward, VP, Direct TV; Eric Shanks, President, Fox Sports; Bobby Deleon, Johnny Depp Production Company; Verdine White, Earth, Wind and Fire; Olympic and World Boxing Champions Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Oscar De La Hoya; Olympic 3-time Gold medalist and Fastest Woman in the World Carmelita Jeter, Olympic Silver medalist Will Claye, Olympic Silver medalist Jason Richardson, Olympic Gold medalist Dawn Harper, and many others.

GALA AWARDS

Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award:  Jeffrey O. Henley, Chairman, Oracle Corporation and BGCA alumnus, for outstanding leadership and support spanning nearly 30 years.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Taco Bell Corp, for 20 years of sustained exceptional commitment to children and financial support to BGCA totaling $35 million.

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, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly 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: www.GreatFutures.org
Social media: bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter

MEDIA CONTACT:
Diane Murphy
[email protected]
T. (310) 372-9867
M. (202) 361-9681

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