Sara Leutzinger
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
404-487-5624
sleutzinger@bgca.org
Steve Salazar
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
704-758-4345
steve.j.salazar@lowes.com
Lowe’s Donates $1 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Local grants will support improvements at 20 Clubs across the country

ATLANTA JULY 10, 2013 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of America today announced Lowe’s donation of $1 million to refurbish Clubs across the country. Lowe’s grants of up to $50,000 will fund repairs and renovations at 20 Boys & Girls Clubs, from northern Washington state to South Florida.

A partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2009, Lowe’s selected the Clubs based on immediate facility improvement needs, the creativity of the projects and the potential impact on youth members. Club staff will work to complete the projects in 2013. At many locations, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will provide hands-on help with the improvement projects.

“We are very thankful for Lowe’s continued support over the past few years, providing essential updates and improvements for our Clubs throughout the country,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “This $1 million investment will help provide places where our Club members can grow and develop the skills they need for a great future.”

Boys & Girls Clubs work each day to help young people reach their potential and achieve success. Since 2009, Lowe’s has contributed $4 million in grants to fund improvements at more than 80 clubs.

"For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have delivered high-impact youth development programs that promote academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles," said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. " With the $1 million donation and the help of our Lowe’s Heroes, we’re able to improve our local communities and support the development of tomorrow’s leaders.”

As part of the $1 million contribution, this year’s grant recipients are:

Alabama
A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club – Birmingham
$48,200 to upgrade electrical systems and energy efficiency

Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama – Huntsville
$50,000 to replace flooring and renovate kitchen

California
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula – Menlo Park
$13,500 to expand administrative building

Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside – Oceanside
$50,000 to repair and upgrade soccer field

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento – Sacramento
$38,000 to repair and renovate game room and physical fitness area

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – Santa Monica
$50,000 to construct a new teen center

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County – Santa Rosa
$25,000 to upgrade flooring and paint

Florida
Boys & Girls Clubs of Saint Lucie County – St. Lucie
$42,000 to renovate basketball court and paint

Massachusetts
West Springfield Boys & Girls Club – West Springfield
$43,000 to renovate bathrooms

New Jersey
Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City – Atlantic City
$50,000 to renovate teen center

Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County – Trenton
$28,000 to replace gym floor

New York
Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe – Akwesasne
$41,000 to repair bathrooms and flooring

Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady – Schenectady
$49,500 to upgrade club entry and expand education center

Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House – Glen Cove,
$25,000 to refurbish arts center

North Carolina
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Gaston County – Lowell
$32,000 to install air conditioning in gym

Pennsylvania
Boys & Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
$44,000 to add education area to teen center

Texas
Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Naval Air Station – Corpus Christi
$8,850 to upgrade exterior and paint

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth – Fort Worth
$25,000 to renovate teen center

Washington
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County – Bellingham
$44,000 to expand educational area

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County – La Conner
$43,100 to renovate bathrooms, walls and windows

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American 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.

ABOUT LOWE’S
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $36 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

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