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Two Holiday Events Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

Looking to get your Christmas shopping done early this year? Shop for a good cause at these local holiday shopping events.

Starting this week, two holiday shopping events will directly support the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County with proceeds funding education programs that enable Club members to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve a great future.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, from noon to 8 p.m. at 49 Square Miles, 160 South Linden Avenue, in South San Francisco, 10 percent of your purchase on accessories will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of North San Mateo County. The afternoon will include gourmet food, beverages, hourly prize drawings, door prizes, and a fabulous grand prize giveaway you won't want to miss.

Also, Macy’s Northwest and Macy’s Southwest, announced that together with its customers, it projects raising more than $1 million with its Thanks For Sharing campaign with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Through Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaign, Macy’s Serramonte (Daly City) shoppers are encouraged to charge a one-time enrollment fee of $25 to their Macy’s credit card, in turn, a portion of this fee will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County plus customers receive a 10 percent reward on most of their credit card purchases.

“We are extremely grateful for the Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaign since so many of the young people we serve need the most, but have the least,” said Sharon Dolan, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County. “We believe there is no better investment than our nation’s youth especially when it comes to ensuring their academic success, so essential to the prosperity of our community.”

According to the Education Research Center, only 69.6 percent of public school students graduate from high school on time with a diploma. BGCA’s graduation strategy – Every Member, Every Year – aims to ensure that all Club members progress on time each year to the next grade level. 
 
Boys & Girls Club staff do this by discussing the importance of education and high school graduation; recognizing academic successes, including homework completion, grade improvement and progression; and implementing educational programming that teaches members new skills and reinforces those needed to be successful in school.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Macy’s share the belief that out-of-school time is an important factor in the overall education equation and the retailer’s donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County will ensure a great future for the community’s young people.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County
For over 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County have promoted the positive development of generations of young people in our community and currently serve more than 2,500 youth ages 6 to 18 annually through three community-based Clubhouses and two school-based sites in South San Francisco and Pacifica. The mission of the Clubs is to inspire young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential. Our six core areas are: Education & Career Development; Technology; Arts; Sports, Fitness & Recreation; Health & Life Skills; and Leadership Development.

About Macy’s Thanks For Sharing Campaign
Macy’s Northwest’s and Southwest’s campaign will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Thanks For Sharing Campaign is scheduled to conclude on December 31, 2012.

Since 2002, Macy’s customers and employees have contributed more than $95 million to charities such as the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, Make-A-Wish®, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, The RESPECT! Campaign™, an initiative of Futures without Violence™ and local Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

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