The Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) is an amazing organization that helps children living in economically challenged neighborhoods throughout the United States. The BGCA helps kids learn and grow in a safe community environment. Its many life-enhancing programs offer hope and opportunity for the future.
Fitmark is proud to be a sponsor for the BGCA in our 1 for 100 Program, where we donate a bag for every $100 net. We donate directly to several Boys and Girls Clubs around the country and recently, we donated some bags to eight exceptional teens in the Chicago area.
Competing for The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Competition & Dinner, these eight exceptional teens battled it out in Chicago on March 10th for a chance to win the national title. This is BGCA’s highest youth award and highlights the achievements of young people who, with the support of the staff, volunteers and programs at their local clubs, have become role models and leaders in their communities.
BGCC 2015 Youth of the Year Finalists
- Jemmont (Monty) Ceballos Ransom, 17
- Britany Lancaster, 18
- Aaron Martin, 15
- Glory Randall, 17
- Tamera Bell-Bey, 18
- Shauntee Colston Jr., 18
- Laura Ambriz, 17 (Winner)
- Dyanna Velazquez, 15
Finalists were judged on a series of written components, including three essays, and a speech that was delivered to 1,100 civic leaders, business executives, board members, volunteers, and donors on the night of the awards dinner.
“The uplifting and inspiring stories presented by these amazing teenage members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago instill pride, confidence and hope for the future leadership of our city,” said James G. Keane, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. “We’re proud to celebrate the success of our members, the efforts of staff and volunteers, and the strong community created by our club programs,” Keane added.
All finalists received a new laptop from CDW, a Fitmark custom designed laptop bag featuring the BGCC logo, and an award in honor of Craig Martin, former Corporate Board Chair.
Congratulations to Laura Ambriz, who won the overall competition in Chicago. Laura will advance to the statewide competition in April.
To find out more about our 1 For 100 Program, click here.
The Fitmark Team