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Youth of the Year chapter winners advance to state competition

Three teens from Valley Boys and Girls Clubs chapters were chosen as Youth of the Year winners to represent their branches at the state-level competition tonight at the U.S. Airways Center. The state winner will advance to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition later this year.

Here are the local chapter winners:

Greater Scottsdale

Alyssa Coughenour. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale awarded Alyssa Coughenour of the Thunderbird Branch as its 2012 Youth of the Year.

The Pinnacle High School senior took home a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and a $1,000 gift card from American Express at the Celebrate Youth Gala and Auction held at Talking Stick Resort. The other runner-ups also received scholarship money and gift cards valued at $500.

Read more about Alyssa here.

Metropolitan Phoenix

Chloe Johnson. Photo courtesy of Nancy Crase.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix named Chloe Johnson its Youth of the Year competition.

The St. Mary High School junior credits her 12 years at the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch for her character and determination to help in her community.

Read more about Chloe here.

East Valley

Adrianna Henderson was named Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

Adrianna Henderson. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

The Horizon Honors High School senior received a $20,000 scholarship, which she hopes to use to pursue her goal of becoming a physical therapist.

Read more about Adrianna here.

Erin Saltzman


Celebrate Youth: Andy Dao

Andy Dao. Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Born in Vietnam, Andy Dao was a reserved child and uncomfortable in social situations when he moved to Arizona. That all changed seven years ago when Dao joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Rose Lane Branch.

The club nurtured Dao’s passions for art, music and  sports. He gained confidence, friends and teammates, and is a part of several community service clubs, including Keystone.

Dao is one of eight outstanding youth who will be honored at The Celebrate Youth Saturday, March 31 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. One of those youth will be selected to advance to the state Youth of the Year competition.

The gala is the Club’s premier fundraising event. Individual tickets are $125. The black tie event begins with a hosted bar at 5:30pm, followed by dinner, a live auction and the Youth of the Year Ceremony.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provide youth development services that instill strong core values and life-enhancing skills in a safe environment. The programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success. For more information, visit bgcs.org.

Andy’s speech

Seven years ago, I was nine years old, a child by most standards. I was unable to understand the complexity of being social unlike my peers who had appeared to have intuitively grasped it. Seven years ago, I was lazy and lethargic. I was content with sitting around by myself, observing others enjoy themselves. I knew full well that it could be me but I didn’t have any drive or desire to make an effort to change. Seven years ago, I enjoyed being alone. I kept others away and it was fine with me. Growing up with just my mother, I didn’t need additional people in my life. Seven years ago, that had all started to change for me.

This was when I first attended the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Rose Lane Branch. I didn’t become social overnight, but I began to develop my own interests. These included art and music. Art and music were perfect for me at the time. It didn’t require close proximity with others. Not only that, it was calming and relaxing. In the Art Room, I became heavily involved with art. Painting, sketching, and sculpting became an everyday thing. I would come in everyday to use their supplies. At the Club, I learned to play four different instruments; guitar, violin, piano, and bass guitar. There was always an instrument laying around that I wanted to play. I had even joined my school orchestra for years until I managed to join the Symphonic Orchestra at Saguaro High School. The person who sparked my interest in guitar was actually a staff at the Boys & Girls Club. I had a brand new side to me. I had something that distinguished me from others my own age.

Despite this however, I was still devoid of connections. I knew many people but I didn’t have anyone I was close to. This was quickly solved by sports, particularly basketball and soccer. They have a necessity of coordinating with each other on our teams to properly perform even the most elementary things. These were team sports, meaning that they required communication between players for success. For the duration of each game, I had a group that I was included in. I talked to them, I encouraged them, and I either succeeded or failed with them.

Today, I am sixteen years old. A teenager, to some, a young adult to others. Today, I have friends who I have known for seven years. Friends who have been through thick and thin with me. These are the same friends who I have played soccer and basketball together with everyday for years. Today, I have a room full of art supplies and personal works. Today, I will no longer simply observe others and no more will I be subject to the loneliness I have grown out of. Because today, I am no longer the boy I was seven years. Today, I am the result of the Club, the collection of lessons I have learned, and the challenges I have faced. Thank you.

Next: Youth of the Year finalist Alyssa Coughenou.

Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational raises $135,000 for youth development

Group shot at the Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ legend Mark Grace brought together more than 200 golf enthusiasts and celebrities at his annual Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational Feb 9-10.

The tournament raised money to provide youth development programs to children and teens served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and other charities.

The two-day event raised nearly $135,000 and included an upscale cigar dinner hosted by Scottsdale Plaza Resort as well as a tournament at The Phoenician Golf Club, one of Scottsdale’s premier golf courses. Participating celebrities and sports figures included Marshall Faulk, Marcus Allen, Justin Upton, Chris Yong, Jay Feely, Joe Proski, Kevin Towers and many more.

Since 1954, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has provided more than 100,000 Northeast Valley youth with a positive, supervised environment to explore the power of their potential. Today 16,000 children and teens are served  through the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian Community and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods.

The club offers more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character & leadership development; education & career development; health & life skills; and sports, fitness & recreation. For more information visit bgcs.org.

Buster welcomes members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Scottsdale.

Spring benefits to help family-related charities

Spring is approaching and with the warmer season comes a number of benefits for all all kinds of causes that support local families.

Mark Grace played first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks and was a member of the 2001 World Championship team.

Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational

On Thursday and Friday Feb. 10 and 11, local and national celebrities will gather for the Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational. The golf event helps provide youth development programs to children and teens through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and includes an upscale cigar dinner at the The Scottsdale Plaza Resort the night before the tournament, which will be held at the The Phoenician Golf Club.

Thanks to events like this one, “we have provided more than 100,000 northeast Valley youth with a positive, supervised environment to explore the power of their potential,” says Becky Hornack, marketing and public relations specialist for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

For more information visit bgcs.org.


Next Saturday, Feb. 12, you can get hypnotized for a cause. The HYPNO-larious event will be held at The Disability Empowerment Center from 6 to 9 pm. Members of the audience volunteer to be hypnotized and join in the fun. There will also be refreshments and beverages, raffles and a silent auction.

The event benefits the Down Syndrome Network and the parents and schools in the partnership program that educate the school districts in Arizona with the latest information available for individuals with developmental disabilities, according to Tara Cash, a member of the Down Syndrome Network.

Register to attend.

Arizona Wheels of Italy

Arizona's Camp Sunrise is a welcome chance for kids with cancer to experience the fun of overnight camp.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the first annual Arizona Wheels of Italy event will take place from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Scottsdale 101 Shopping Center. The charity show will be presented by the Desert Region of the Ferrari Club of America and will feature Italian vehicles including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos and more. All benefits will go toward  Arizona Camp Sunrise, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings.

For more information on the Arizona Wheels of Italy event visit azwoi.com.

An Evening to PAWS

An Evening to Paws will take place at 6pm on Saturday March 5 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas. The evening includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction, with funds raised going toward a no-kill animal shelter project of the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

For more information, call 480-423-1511 or email events@AAWL.org.

18th Annual Beach Ball

Also on March 5, Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be hosting the 18th Annual Beach Ball. This year’s event, which features a Moroccan theme, will begin at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. Proceeds will go toward expanding the Phoenix Children’s Hospital facility and bringing family-centered care to more Valley patients and families. Learn more about the event.

Take a virtual tour of the new PCH wing, two floors of which opened last week.