Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale: Fostering Enrichment and Character-building

by RaeAnne Marsh

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, thanks to a partnership with AXA Advisors, launches a new event that it hopes will bolster its revenue by $60,000 toward its array of programs and services for kids ages 6 to 18. The organization’s first-ever Weekend Jetaway takes off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, for a three-and-a-half-hour flight of fancy with fine dining, gambling and, for one lucky winner, private jet transportation.

Live music for dancing, culinary creations from several leading Valley chefs, and cocktails will keep the action humming as guests try their luck on the roll of a pair of big, fuzzy dice to keep them progressing toward the evening’s five big prizes, one of which will be a round-trip flight to a vacation destination. Guests will be called to their turn at the gaming tables in randomly coordinated groups “to encourage camaraderie,” says Steve Davidson, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Setting the event, appropriately, in a private jet hangar in the Scottsdale Airpark, the organization hopes to welcome 500 people to its fundraiser this year.   


  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale maintains nine club sites that serve 16,000 kids ages 6 to 18.
  • Clubs are open after school and evenings on weekdays, plus Saturdays for sports.
  • Programs are offered in five core areas designed to develop character and life-enhancing skills: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation.
  • Transportation from the schools is provided in the organization’s service areas, and kids may also come on their own for specific classes.
  • For the teenagers, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale offers drop-in teen centers at five of its club sites.
  • Funding comes from several special events the organization holds throughout the year, grants, corporate sponsorships, and support from its women’s auxiliary.

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