Motown Legends The Four Tops Dazzle at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "Great Futures Gala" held at the Georgia Aquarium

Motown Legends The Four Tops Dazzle at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "Great
                  Futures Gala" held at the Georgia Aquarium

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2013

Annual benefit honored longtime supporters Claude Grizzard Sr. and Bank of
America with Champion of Youth Awards

ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Georgia Aquarium was
transformed into Motown last night as more than 400 guests came out to support
Boys & Girls Clubs of America's (BGCA) 2013 "Great Futures Gala," an annual
fundraising event. The goal of this year's benefit was to raise funds for the
youth service organization's national programs and efforts. Motown legends The
Four Tops kicked off the evening with a spectacular musical performance,
followed by remarks from Olympian Gail Devers. The event also bestowed
prestigious Champion of Youth awards upon longtime BGCA supporters Claude
Grizzard Sr. and Bank of America.


Claude Grizzard has dedicated his professional life to helping nonprofit
organizations succeed. Through his leadership of the Atlanta-based Grizzard
Communications Group, he became an icon in the direct response fundraising
profession. For more than 40 years, Grizzard has been a tremendous supporter
of youth and Boys & Girls Clubs. Among his many contributions, he served as a
BGCA National Trustee and provided invaluable guidance in enhancing BGCA's
National Area Council, which fosters strong volunteer boards. He has also been
integral in establishing new Clubs and providing outreach to kids.

"I am humbled and honored to be presented with the Champion of Youth Award by
Boys & Girls Clubs of America," said Grizzard, retired CEO of Grizzard
Communications. "The work and mission of Boys & Girls Clubs has made a huge
impact on my life and on our youth for more than 100 years. I'm proud to have
assisted in building great futures for more youth in this country."

Bank of America received a second Champion of Youth award for its significant
partnership with the organization through the years. Over the years, Bank of
America has provided vast and far-reaching support, including in-kind
marketing, communications assistance and sponsorship of various BGCA events
and programs. In 2011, Bank of America provided $1.5 million to initiate the
"Gift for Opportunity" fund to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2012,
the company awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to BGCA and 55 Clubs.
This year, Bank of America announced that it will fund an update of BGCA's
career-readiness program for Club teens, Career Launch.

"Bank of America is proud to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is
honored by this award," said Geri Thomas, Georgia Market President for Bank of
America. "Whether it's through local support or our career readiness programs,
we know how important it is to invest in our youth, building leadership skills
that are essential for future success."

Boys & Girls Clubs of America's corporate headquarters in Atlanta services
more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country, all of which work to
enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full
potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In addition to
providing a safe place for kids and teens to go after school, Clubs help their
members learn about good character and citizenship, get nutritional
counseling, and coach them on how to achieve their highest potential in

Arlen "Griff" Griffin served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which
was co-chaired by BGCA Southeast Trustees Aron D. Levine, Managing Director
Bank of America's Preferred & Small Business Banking; Dave George, President
of Olive Garden (Darden Restaurants); and Jim Kaufman, Senior Vice President
of Merrill Lynch.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has
enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive,
caring, responsible citizens. Today,more than4,000 Clubs servenearly 4
million young people annuallythrough 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. They provide a safe
place, caring adult mentors, fun, 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 and

SOURCE Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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