Boys & Girls Clubs of America will honor Club members and Club alum and announce the 2018 Pacific Youth of the Year at their annual Youth of the Year Gala on July 12, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature a special performance by Aliyah Moulden, The Voice Season 12 finalist, from Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra. Andrew Tennenbaum, President at Flashpoint Entertainment, and Dean A. Spanos, Controlling Owner and Chairman of the Board, Los Angeles Chargers, will chair this annual event which has been held in Los Angeles for more than 28 years.
Anthony Anderson is set to emcee the evening. Anderson attended, and is an active supporter of what is now the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles. He found his way to acting through his mother, who worked as a background actor. After graduating from the High School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Howard University, where he earned his theater arts degree. In 1993, he landed his first significant movie role in the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy, “Life.” Anthony’s versatility as an actor has served him well, with roles in comedies, dramas and action movies, including “Me, Myself & Irene,” “Barbershop,” “The Departed” and “Transformers.” Well known for playing Detective Kevin Bernard on TV’s “Law & Order,” Anthony now stars in the popular family sit-com, “Black-ish.”
The gala will also feature the 2017 Pacific Region Youth of the Year Cassidy L. and the nine Pacific Youth of the Year candidates, who will share their experiences relating to academic success, good character, citizenship and healthy lifestyles which they’ve accomplished participating in programs at Boys & Girls Clubs.
One teen will be named the 2018 Pacific Youth of the Year among several finalists from across the region. The Pacific Youth of the Year will receive a $10,000 college scholarship renewable for up to four years, leading to a total of $40,000. With a 71-year history, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth leadership program Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. The leadership program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.
The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. The gala is also made possible through the support of Platinum Sponsors FOX Sports and Jeff & Judy Henley, as well as the many other committed partners of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Individual tickets, $1,000; sponsorship packages available. For more information, contact Allison Krumholz at 818-605-6877 or [email protected].
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of America-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, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
This article was released by the Boys & Girls Club of America.