Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Dedicates, Opens Sal Cosenza Teen Center

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale was pleased to officially launch its Sal Cosenza Teen Center, which is named for the Club’s former CEO who has been involved in the organization ‘” first the Boys Club and then the Boys & Girls Clubs ‘” since the early 1960s. The Sal Cosenza Teen Center is located at the Virginia G. Piper Branch at 10533 E. Lakeview Drive in Scottsdale.

The new center includes:

· Multimedia center where students can make their own music;

· Game room where students can play foose ball, pool, board games, basketball;

· Teen Lounge with flat screen televisions, couches and snack bar;

· Computer lab; and

· Fitness room and workout room, respectively, for Pilates, weight training, yoga, dance, boxing and more.

Olga Fernandez, the 2011 Scottsdale and Statewide Youth of the Year representative, emceed the event with David Larcher, one of the leaders behind the project.

“The Sal Cosenza Teen Center is thanks in great part to the Expanding Horizons Campaign and its cabinet member, who recently met their $15 million goal for Club construction projects and operations as well as raised additional funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foundation,” said Larcher at the event. “The teen center dedication marks the completion of the third project from the Expanding Horizons Campaign.”

Expanding Horizons Campaign cabinet members include Honorary Chairs Hartley and Ruth Barker, Celebrity Chair Steve Nash, Chairman of the Board David Cohen, Ray Lamb, Brian Landauer, David Larcher, Mary Ellen McKee, Ken Zadoorian and Ethel DeMarr.

In addition, during the event, members of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust attended the event and surprised Sal ‘” as well as the Club ‘” with an additional $25,000 donation toward the center.

“Their involvement as well as our many wonderful board members and committee members in this effort helps to significantly increase the opportunities for boys and girls in our community to have a safe environment to enhance their social, intellectual and physical well-being,” said Steve Davidson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Through a wide variety of programs that help promote academic success, provide growth experiences, and expand access to positive role models and mentors, kids like Olga and others will always have a place to go ‘” and grow.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Since 1954, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has provided more than 100,000 Northeast Valley youth with a positive, supervised environment to explore the power of their potential. Today we serve 16,000 children and teen through the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian Community and other local neighborhoods. For more information,visit http://www.bgcs.org/ .