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Local 'Hero' nets money for Boys & Girls Club

Posted: November 11, 2008 9:07 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2008 4:59 a.m.

Jim Ventress

 
Jim Ventress, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, was one of 10 Local Heroes named at Bank of America's fifth annual Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards ceremony recently at the Los Angeles River Center.

In recognition of their dedication to serving Los Angeles neighborhoods, honorees had the opportunity to each direct a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to an eligible nonprofit organization. Ventress chose the Boys & Girls Club where he has worked since 1985.

Gary Saenger and Jay Thomas from the club's governing board of directors attended the ceremony in Los Angeles with Ventress, who only found out about his nomination after it was submitted.

"My staff and the board snuck this one by me. I was stunned and honored to learn that I was one of the recipients," Ventress said.

At the ceremony, 10 Student Leaders were also selected, along with four Neighborhood Builders - Chrysalis Center, Inner-City Arts, New Economics for Women and Para Los Niños.

The purpose of the awards program is to recognize, award and encourage those who are making a difference in the communities Bank of America serves throughout the United States and London.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization with more than 4,000 clubs nationwide. The local club was formed in 1968 by community leaders who saw the need for programs and facilities at affordable costs. The club serves more than 3,500 young people.

For more information visit www.scvkids.org.

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