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Senior executive team provides “upgrades and improvements” to Boys & Girls Club of Pulaski

ATLANTA, January 15, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) President and CEO Jim Clark and his senior executive team joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County, as well as volunteers from the local community, for National Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to provide a beautiful facilities update for Boys & Girls Club of Pulaski, TN. In addition to this site, several members of BGCA staff will be visiting two other sites over the holiday weekend, including Toccoa, GA and Biloxi, MS.

Annually, one Club is selected nationwide for this special opportunity. After being closed since May, the Pulaski site just reopened in December of 2017 - after some much-needed renovations - under the management of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County, which serves more than 1,200 youth per year. Even though the site is fully operable, the BGCA executive team, along with the BGC Maury staff and local volunteers from Pulaski, will be enhancing the Club to create a state-of-the-art facility for Pulaski youth. They will perform a myriad of tasks including updating the computer center, assembling new furniture, and putting the finishing touches on the site in order to better serve Club youth during out-of-school time and the summer.

“The Pulaski Club site needed our help, and we wanted to help this Club continue its mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Today service helps us to exemplify one of Dr. King’s most famous quotes, ‘Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.’ and this is a value that we hope to instill in all of our Club youth,” said Clark. “We hope the time spent at the Club and with members of the community will recharge efforts to support this vital resource for the kids, teens, and families of Pulaski.”

BGCA executive team who “rolled up their sleeves” to help beautify the Pulaski site include:
Ed Mishrell, Chief Strategy Officer
Lorraine Orr, Chief Operations Officer
Sam Unglo, Chief Financial Officer
Phyllis S. Austin, SVP, Human Resources
Elizabeth Fowlkes, SVP, Program, Training & Youth Development
Karl Kaiser, SVP, Marketing & Communications
Stan Kubis, SVP, Information Technology
John Miller, SVP, Field Services
Kristine Morain, SVP, General Counsel

To learn more about how you can help support BGCA and its mission to help kids achieve great futures, please go to www.bgca.org.

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For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native 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 http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.