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AT&T gives Boys and Girls Clubs $25,000
Shown with the ceremonial check are (from left) Del. Danny Marshall; Vince Apruzzese of AT&T; Lisa Nunn, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge; Madeline Abbitt of AT&T; and Paul Toms, BGC board member. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Friday, December 13, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge has received a $25,000 contribution from AT&T to support a program to prevent at-risk, high-need high school students from dropping out of school.
The contribution was announced Thursday during the club’s annual dinner in Martinsville, which featured Del. Danny Marshall, local officials and AT&T executives from Virginia.
Marshall, R-Danville, said the contribution will help the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) with its important work on behalf of young people in Martinsville and Henry County
“The Boys and Girls Clubs’ tag line is ‘Great Futures Start Here,’” said Marshall. “I believe that great futures begin with access to the great educational programs offered by the BGC of the Blue Ridge. I’m excited that the BGC of the Blue Ridge has teamed up with AT&T on a program that’s great for our children and for our region.”
“It is an honor to have been awarded funds from AT&T to facilitate a delinquency program in this area. Not only are we able to build our outreach, we are also able to combine forces with other agencies to become a more impactful service to local youth,” said Lisa Nunn, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge.
Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia, said the company is proud to support the clubs’ work.
“Education is a key to success on the job and in life,” said Apruzzese. “Together with leaders like Del. Marshall, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge are helping the young people in this community chart a path for success.”
Also Thursday, Apruzzese joined Marshall and local officials in Danville to announce a $25,000 contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area for its College Bound program.
Apruzzese said the contributions are aligned with AT&T Aspire, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
Last year, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million since the program was launched in 2008.
More information on AT&T Aspire is available at www.att.com/aspire. More information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge is at www.blueridgeclubs.org.