KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley
Nov 20, 2023, 4:05 AM | Updated: Nov 22, 2023, 3:51 pm
(KTAR News Graphic)
PHOENIX — KTAR is teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for an online holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids. The goal is to raise much-needed funding for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley is a safe refuge where kids can learn, play, grow and learn to be a strong and resilient adult. Fundraisers, like the holiday auction, will help ensure that these services can continue for any child despite their economic situation.
“It’s a great way for people in the community to get involved and support Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley and in a way that benefits them as well,” Josh Stine, vice president of external affairs and business partnerships, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Evening News on Monday.
When is the auction?
The auction runs from Nov. 20 through Dec. 8.
How can I help?
The auction information can be found online. Text “CLUB” to 411923 to make a bid & learn more, as well.
What items are available for bidding?
Some of the items include a five-night stay in Waikiki, a KTAR in-studio experience for two, a signed Tiger Woods hat, an Arizona Diamondbacks experience for four, PRP wine tasting, a trip to London, swimming lessons, a virtual private comedy show, a virtual cooking class with a French chef, Fry’s Food Stores gift cards, autographed jerseys, golf getaways and more!
What does Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley do?
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community. It offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 12,000+ young people in grades K-12. In 31 Clubs across Arizona, it provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people.
For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley has been creating equity and opportunity for youth through academic, social and workforce opportunities. It helps young people make healthy decisions and focus on social and emotional development to build resilient young adults. It also works to develop strong character and leadership skills by creating positive connections to caring adults and their community.
“Donations and support of this auction really directly benefits our kids in the community,” Stine said. “We serve over 800,000 hot meals a year to kids, ensuring there’s no food insecurity for the youth.
“So we just really want everyone to dig deep and think about how they can help kids in their community at this time of year.”
By the numbers
93% of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley parents say sending their child to the Club makes it easier to keep their job.
Every time a parent is able to keep their job as a result of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, on average $32,018 in income is generated in the community.
54% of Club kids/families qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 46% live below the federal poverty level.
An economic impact report commissioned through ASU’s Seidman Institute determined a $15.60 return on investment for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley – that means that, for every dollar that comes into the organization, it turns into $15.60 of impact on the economy and community.
Since 2018, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley has trained and placed nearly 200 teens into paid internship programs in their desired field of work.
52% of Club alumni say the Club literally “saved my life.”