The Boys & Girls Club of America honored Irvine-based Taco Bell for its 20-year commitment to teens across the country at the 2012 Great Features Gala on Oct. 11.
Actor and BGCA alumnus Mario Lopez, who was not the only celebrity at the gala, hosted the premier event. Celebrity appearances included Goldie Hawn, Oscar De La Hoya, Evander Holyfield, and Sugar Ray Leonard, all of whom turned out to support America’s youth.
Serving the community since 1995, Taco Bell’s Foundation for Teens has given BGCA $35 million. Taco Bell is the largest supporter and the first corporation to be recognized for its efforts. The Foundation has helped more than one million teens through mentorship and real-world experience programs provided by the Taco Bell Graduate to Go campaign.
The Foundation and BGCA are committed to assisting more than 100,000 teens graduate high school and have successful futures by providing job training, college preparation and motivating teens to stay in school. It supports 1,600 BGCA locations throughout the nation with major support coming from the Graduate to Go Multi-Media Studios, Camp Taco Bell and the National Keystone leadership program.
"We are pleased to recognize the significant impact that Taco Bell has made in helping our nation's teens graduate and reach their full potential in life," said Jim Clark, president and chief executive officer, BGCA. "Their longtime support, through the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, has allowed us to provide meaningful, real-world experiences and mentorship programs that have shaped lives and helped our young people achieve great futures."
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