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Local Boys & Girls Club nets Disney donation

Posted: April 9, 2008 1:49 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, accepts a $5,000 donation from Mickey Mouse in Disneyland last week.

 
The local Boys & Girls Club has netted some help from the Magic Kingdom.

The Santa Clarita Valley chapter was one of 44 clubs in Los Angeles and Orange counties to receive a total of $235,000 from the Walt Disney Co.

Each club is receiving a check for $5,000 to be used for program support, plus 50 tickets to Disneyland, according to an April 2 news release.

"We are grateful for the partnership that we have with Disney," Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, said in a statement. "Both our organizations are committed to improving the lives of children."

The Walt Disney Co.'s Ron Iden, senior vice president of global security, presented the gifts at a special ceremony April 1 at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club.

As part of a commitment made by the Disney last spring, the company will also present one full-sized, 12-passenger van every year to a local club. This year's recipient was the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club.

Since 2005, Disney has committed more than $7 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Disney's history with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America spans more than 50 years, beginning when Walt Disney was an honorary member of the organization's board of directors.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley was formed in 1968, and now serves more than 3,500 youth, ages 7-17, at facilities in Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde. For more information, visit www.scvkids.org.

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