Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix

text and photos courtesy of Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix

Youth of the Year Nominees with their Trophies.

On March 17, over 950 guests attended Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars, the annual fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP).Held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the event netted more than $2.2 million to help support the 13 Clubhouses around the Valley that serve over 11,000+ youths each year.

Top LeftBGCMP Youth of the Year 2018, Cyrus Martinez. Top rightMarcia Mintz, president and CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Welcomes Attendees. Bottom: Derrick Hall with Torch Club Members.

Derrick Hall, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was presented with the Heart of a Champion Award by a youth from the Torch Club, Swift Branch along with Leonel Cano Leon, the 2017 BGCMP Youth of the Year. The honor was in recognition of Hall and the Arizona Diamondbacks’s generous support of BGCMP for the past 20 years and its continued commitment to the entire Arizona nonprofit community. During the program, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona interviewed Hall in order to share highlights of the D’backs philanthropic contributions to Valley organizations.

D’backs Archie Bradley and Taijuan Walkers served as the All-Star team managers during the Youth of the Year program. Both players presented each of the 13 Youth of the Year teen nominees a Diamondbacks jerseys bearing their own name.

Top: Youth of the Year Nominees with D’Backs Archie Bradley and Taijuan Walker. Bottom leftThe Ballroom. Bottom rightD’Back Cullen Maxey and Ruben Galicia

From the 13 outstanding nominees, Cyrus Martinez was named the 2018 BGCMP Youth of the Year. The prestigious honor is bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of his/her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

The fundraising efforts included silent and live auctions, as well as a donor call from BGCMP President and CEO Marcia Mintz. Generously responding to that call were the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Major League Baseball and the Emily and Zack Greinke’s Foundation. Some of those dollars will be used to upgrade the Diamondbacks Branch Teen Center.