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Boys & Girls Club of SCV earns grant

Northrop Grumman gifts $10,000 to club

Posted: May 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Students from the Newhall facility of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley as well as members of the club's board and other VIPs recently attended a ceremony where Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems donated $10,000 to the club.

Dozens of students from the Newhall facility of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley sat quietly on the floor of the game room as Tom Vice, president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, spoke about the work done by the aerospace company.

A flurry of questions and comments from the children followed.

Vice also spoke about the James Webb Space Telescope being constructed that will launch in a few years.

"This will allow scientists to be able to look back in time 13.5 billion years," he said. "We should be able to date how old the universe really is."

He encouraged the children to consider careers in science and engineering.

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, currently the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, also took questions from the children.

He pointed out the display of model planes, which included a model of the Stealth bomber.

"How many of you are going to grow up and become engineers and design planes like these," McKeon asked the children.

Several children raised their hands.

"Great," he said.

As McKeon introduced Vice he thanked the company for its support of the Boys & Girls Club.

"For years Northrop Grumman has come here and give the club a sizeable check," MeKeon said.
"I appreciate all that Northrup Grumman has done here for the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Clarita."

At the end of the presentation Vice handed Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV, a check for $10,000.

"We are very grateful for the support of Northrop Grumman," Ventress said.

The Boys & Girls Club of SCV will hold the 42nd annual Benefit Auction June 1 with the theme "Rock On." Individual reserved seats are $85 each. General admission for two, no dinner, is $25. For more information visit


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