SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- More than 200 guests attended the 20th Annual Be Great Gala & Auction hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana (BGCSA) on Saturday at the Newport Beach Marriott. The elegant event makes it a yearly tradition to honor an individual or company for its DreamMaker Award, an award given to those who have made a positive difference in the Club's community, and this year's DreamMaker was none other than the Irvine-based Taco Bell® Corporation.
"The Taco Bell Corporation has gone above and beyond to directly and positively affect Santa Ana's youth and the community's future generations," said Robert Santana, BGCSA chief executive officer. "Taco Bell throughout the years has provided generous financial and volunteer support. With its recent $250,000 gift toward our Expansion Campaign to build a new Teen Center as well as its numerous volunteers that come to the Club throughout the year to mentor our kids, they have been an all-around tremendous partner that helps our Club bring positive outcomes to our kids."
The annual gala and auction brings the Club, its Board of Directors and community leaders together one special night during the year to celebrate the progress made during the previous year and to honor a DreamMaker. In the past, the BGCSA has honored the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for their continued work with children in Orange County, as well as BGCSA Board Member and alumni Dave Stauffer, Vice President at Morgan Stanley and Donald and Dorothy Kennedy from First Foundation.
Taco Bell's $250,000 gift will help build the club's dedicated brand new 3,500 sq. foot Teen Center. The gift will also help in creating a new culinary center geared toward engaging teens in healthy and nutritious eating, as well learn basic life skills. For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana and how you can help members achieve a bright future, please visit BoysandGirlsClub.com.
About the Boys and Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana provides a positive, healthy learning environment for children in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the United States. Since 1954, the Club has brought stability to neighborhoods that have seen drugs, teen pregnancy and gang-related violence rock their foundations. With each year that passes, the curriculum takes progressively longer strides toward strengthening the academic aptitude, the physical fitness, the health awareness, and the career ambitions of Santa Ana's children, preparing them to graduate high school and become productive citizens. For more information, please call 714-543-7212 or visit BoysandGirlsClub.com.
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