HOUSTON, November 8, 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) received four major awards at the recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s East Texas Area Council Awards Dinner held in Bay City, Tex. BGCGH senior staff and board members were on hand for the awards presentations.
The four awards received by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston include:
- Outstanding Achievement Award – Board Member of the Year – Presented to BGCGH Board Chair Bill Goetz, who took over as Chairman of the Board in January 2018. This award is designed to recognize a board volunteer who has rendered unusually devoted service to his/her local Boys & Girls Club organization as well as to the Area Council. He was also named as the new Chairman of the East Texas Area Council during the conference.
- Outstanding Achievement Award – Beverly Burton New Member Award of the Year – Presented to BGCBH board member Sean Wheeler. This award recognizes a new board volunteer who has rendered unusually devoted service to his/her local Boys & Girls Club organization. Nominees have served on the board for at least one full year, but no more than three years. A former Boys & Girls Clubs “kid,” Wheeler joined the BGCGH board in 2016 and is a partner in the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.
- High Performance Board Team – Presented to the BGCGH Board of Directors. This award recognizes the Board of Directors of a local Boys & Girls Club organization that has achieved excellence, as a team, in the areas of Marketing, Resource Development, Planning and Outreach to unserved youth. Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston has achieved its goal of serving more youth, with more than 25,000 boys and girls coming through the doors this year.
- C.A.R.E. (Children Are Reasons for Excellence) Award – Presented to the Santa Fe Resiliency Center. This award is given to an individual or business not directly affiliated with a Club organization (such as serving on the governing body or Club staff) but that has provided outstanding in-kind or direct support to their local Boys & Girls Clubs. The Santa Fe Resiliency Center teamed up with BGCGH to provide a summer program specifically designed to meet the needs of teens affected by the Santa Fe High School shooting, including SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) techniques.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston continues to be recognized for its strong board leadership and innovative programming,” says Kevin Hattery, BGCGH President and CEO. “Our Chairman, Bill Goetz, leads by example and sets the tone for the entire board, while continuing to take on new roles to further the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs. My staff and I are truly appreciative of our Board’s passion, vision and willingness to step into the gap to serve our youth each and every day.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston accepts students year-round for its after school and summer programs. The school-year program (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.) is only $5 per child, while the summer session (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) costs $20. Highly trained staff members ensure that children and teens receive outstanding, quality programming to help them succeed in school and beyond.
To learn more or to find a Club near you, please visit www.bgcgh.org.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is the region’s leading youth-development organization. Since our beginning in 1952 as The Variety Boys Club, we’ve achieved an enviable record of creatively engaging, educating and empowering low-income youth in ways that improve their chances of achieving and sustaining academic and economic success.
Our vision is to put success within reach for our Club members and keep them on track to graduate from high school. We help them realize a positive plan that includes good character, citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.
More than 25,000 youth ages 6 to 17 walk through our doors each year for our afterschool and summer programs. BGCGH is a safe haven for kids who commonly live amid chaotic, dangerous neighborhoods and have limited positive relationships. At our Clubs, youth are provided meals, strong role models, homework assistance, organized athletics, character development and access to the arts. At our Clubs, there’s an opportunity for every kid to get involved and learn something new.