Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has graciously received a gift commitment and investment of $50,000 from The Sam and Laurice Hachem Foundation, 100% of which is dedicated directly to our youth and teens. $25,000 was presented at the 41st Annual Night of Champions Gala as The Sam & Laurice Hachem Foundation Challenge Match for the Champion-A-Kid portion of the evening. The foundation’s challenge was matched three times over, bringing the total to more than $100,000.
The remaining $25,000 has been designated to Great Futures for Kids Annual Giving Campaign for the Guadalupe Branch and serves as a Challenge Match for the Board of Directors. The Sam & Laurice Hachem Foundation’s total donation with associated matching funds will provide access to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley for over 300 children and teens, funding programs such as STEM, robotics, Arts, leadership and athletics.
Sam and Laurice’s daughter, Mechelle Meredith-Ehardt attended the gala to present the Challenge Match donation for Champion-a-Kid. Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitcher assisted Mechelle and East Valley Club kids as gala guests bid to match the foundation’s gift.
“We are deeply honored The Sam & Laurice Hachem Foundation has chosen Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) for such a generous gift. We sincerely appreciate Laurice Hachem for thinking of BGCEV and doing so much for our Club Kids,” said Connie Perez, BGCEV CEO.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
For 55 years Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) has served more than 35,000 youth and teens with educational, fun and healthy programs and opportunities at our 11 branches in Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek, Mesa, Guadalupe, Gilbert, Laveen, Sacaton and the Mesa Arts Academy. BGCEV offers Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, STEM, Sports, Fitness and Recreation programs for youth and teens ages 5-18. The three priority outcomes are: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. To learn more about BGCEV, please visit our website at www.clubzona.org or call 480.820.3688.
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