Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas Board Member Makes $50,000 Gift Possible To Aid In Hurricane Harvey Relief For Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Houston

September 14, 2017

George S. Watson with the Boys & Girls Club

September 14, 2017‐ DALLAS, TX – On September 14, 2017, George S. Watson, of Dallas traveled to Houston to donate $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston on behalf of his company Steelcreek Managament, LLC. Watson, a 22‐year Board Member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and local businessman has been a strong supporter of BGCD. His company Steelcreek Management, LLC has four locations in Greater Houston under the name of Watson & Taylor Self Storage.

Watson visited the John & Cissy Harvard Club of BGCGH located at 1520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77009. He toured the Club, visited with Club members and made a check presentation.

To provide relief for families, stability for youth and teens, and care for communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) opened many of its Clubs with extended hours immediately after the storm on Friday, September 1st. These Clubs were open to any youth and teens between the ages of 6 & 17 in the Greater Houston area who needed somewhere to go during the day and on weekends. Now back to regular hours BGCGH provides warm meals and snacks, games and sports, arts activities, access to computers, and encouraging mentors in Clubs led by trained staff and volunteers.

“My reason for making this donation through Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is to guarantee that 100% of the donation will benefit the children and families devastated by Hurricane Harvey,” said Watson. “I’ve been a volunteer and board member of BGCD for over 20 years and feel that the Boys & Girls Club movement is a worthy recipient. The children and families served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston were worthy of support prior to Hurricane Harvey. Now with the added stress and hardship from the hurricane, these children and their families deserve additional help and services that only Boys & Girls Clubs are able to provide – supporting the mind, body and soul of the child. Through Boys & Girls Clubs, we can actually change the lives and outcomes of kids and families, not just simply make an impact.”

“Although the damage from Hurricane Harvey is vast in our communities, we are proud to be a safe haven for children and teens whose families have experienced significant loss,” said Kevin Hattery, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. “On behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, we are grateful for Mr. Watson’s generous donation. By opening our doors to youth and teens who need us most right now, we are giving parents and families the time they need to begin the process of rebuilding their lives. Our hope is that Houston's children can find joy, safety and fun at our Clubs during this time of tragedy.”

“Our thoughts and prayers have been with our Boys & Girls Club partners in Houston since we received news of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. We are proud to join in support of BGCGH with a $50,000 donation to benefit the kids, families and Club facilities affected by Hurricane Harvey. This donation is made possible through the generosity of our long‐time board member and friend, George S. Watson and four of his companies located in the Greater Houston area and managed by Steelcreek Management, LLC based in Addison, TX,” said Charles English, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Club Movement is a federated model. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people 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 and friendship, and high‐impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non‐school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Nielsen Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
For over 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas has provided life‐changing services for more than a quarter of a million youth in Dallas and surrounding areas in Dallas County. BGCD’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Programming in three core areas meets the diverse needs and interests of our 4,000+ Club members, serving 1,800 children and teens every day. These core areas include: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles. For more information, please visit www.bgcdallas.org

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
For 65 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston has been the Houston and surrounding areas leading youth development organization, achieving an enviable record of creatively engaging, educating and empowering a large number of low‐income young people in ways that positively impact their lives and improve their chances of achieving and sustaining academic and economic success. Over 11,000 youth ages 6 to 17 walk through our doors each year for our after school and summer programs. BGCGH is a safe haven for kids who commonly live in the midst of chaotic, dangerous neighborhoods and have limited positive relationships. At our Clubs, youth are provided meals, strong role models, homework assistance, organized athletics, character development and access to the arts. At our Clubs, there’s an opportunity for every kid to get involved and learn something new. For more information, please visit www.bgcgh.org

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