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BLUE CARPET AWARDS ~ ELEVATING ARIZONA’S YOUTH ~ 2017

25 th  Anniversary  Banquet
Youth of the Year Celebration
February 24, 2017    

The 25 th Anniversary Banquet and 2017 Youth of the Year will be hosted at Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa, Arizona.  The event is set for Friday, February 24th, 2017 and will honor and recognize outstanding high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have emerged as the outstanding members of their individual branches .

If you have nev er attended our Youth of the  Year Ba nquet, you are missing out on one of the most inspiring opportunities of your life. You’ll hear first-hand from our candidates about how Boys & Girls Clubs has changed their lives. These y oung people are the best and brightest of our organization, and in many cases have overcome homelessness, broken families, financial hardships and other obstacles that most people can’t even imagine. Their stories will make you smile, cry and most importantly, make you proud. You will leave the event a changed person after hearing the personal experiences of these young people who represent our Clubs in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Globe, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe and the Gila River Indian communities.

Proceeds from this event support the programs and activities offered at the 12 Branches as well as provide scholarship and financial aid to qualifying members. Over 300 Club members have been awarded coll ege and co ntinued educatio n scholarships.



If you think these young men and women can’t have an impact on kids throughout the country, consider this: Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has produced two National Youths of the Year: Donald Smith in 2002 and Mona Dixon in 2010. Only one other club has produced more National honorees than our organization.   

In the United States the statistic shows only 69% of our high school age youth are graduating. We are proud to say at Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley teens that are members have a 90% graduation rate!  We focus on making sure that every member that attends the Club gets the support and academic resources necessary to progress from one grade to the next at the appropriate age and that they are graduating on time. Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley believe that continued education is just as important. We provide scholarship money to help get the teens into the trade schools or colleges of their dreams. Our annual Youth of the Year program raises the funds necessary to let this happen.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley serves more than 36,000 youth annually and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth. For more information about this event or the Youth of the Year program, please contact Mona Dixon, Special Events Manager, at 480-820-3688 Mona.Dixon@Clubzona.org.




Tax Credit Program 2017


How Your Arizona Tax Credit Can Help Our CLUB KIDS!





Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization (Formerly known as the Working Poor Tax Credit)
All Arizona taxpayers qualify for a 2017 "tax credit" of $800/married couples and $400/individuals on your state taxes through the Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization. This is a straight deduction from your Arizona state taxes. You also have the opportunity to support our Mesa Arts Academy through the Arizona Public School Tax Credit.

Individual Tax Credit Donation - EXAMPLE
1)   Arizona Qualifying Charitable Tax Credit        = $400
2)  Arizona Public Schools Tax Credit                 = $200

TOTAL REFUND from your Arizona state taxes   =   $600!

Arizona Public Schools Tax Credit Information ~ Mesa Arts Academy
Arizona taxpayers ALSO qualify for the Public Schools Tax Credit of $400/married couples and $200/individuals.  This is a straight deduction from your Arizona state taxes!  The Mesa Arts Academy was recently named an Arizona "Lighthouse" School, ranking in the top 4% of all public schools in the state.  Your support will help us to continue to provide top rated academic staff and programs!


DID YOU KNOW?
a.  Boys & Girls Club members are 25% more likely to graduate from high school, and are three times more likely to volunteer in their community!
b.  100% of every Tax Credit Dollar goes directly to support programs and opportunities provided for our more than 36,000 youth and teens at our 12 East Valley branches each year!
c.  80% of Club Alumni say the Club had a positive impact on their attitude towards fitness and health!



Tax Credit Deadline:  December 31, 2017 for Federal and  April 15, 2018 for State of Arizona

Tax circumstances are different for everyone; please consult your tax advisor in order to 
receive the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and/or the Public School Tax Credit for this year,
donations must be received prior to filing your taxes.  Your support is instrumental in helping boys and girls
throughout the East Valley! You may designate your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit gift to one of the
branches and/or school.

Arizona Public Schools Tax Credit Information ~ Mesa Arts Academy

Arizona taxpayers ALSO qualify for the Public Schools Tax Credit of $400/married couples and $200/individuals. 
This is a straight deduction from your Arizona state taxes!  The Mesa Arts Academy was recently named an Arizona
"Lighthouse" School, ranking in the top 4% of all public schools in the state.  Your support will help us to continue to provide top rated academic staff and programs!


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