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BJ's Wholesale Club and Live, Learn and Thrive Donate $100,000 to Local Boys & Girls Clubs

Funding to support homework help and tutoring Power Hour program

Submitted by: BJ's Wholesale Club

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Academia

Posted: Apr 19, 2010 – 09:09 AM EST


NATICK, Mass., Apr. 19 /CSRwire/ - BJ's Wholesale Club, in partnership with Procter & Gamble's™ (P&G) corporate cause Live, Learn and Thrive, announced today that they have donated 20 $5,000 grants, totaling $100,000, to fund Power Hour curricula at Boys & Girls Clubs located throughout BJ's footprint.

"BJ's Wholesale Club takes great pride in giving back to local Boys & Girls Clubs and honoring our commitment to support educational programs that primarily benefit children and families in the communities we serve," said Jessica Newman, BJ's manager of community relations. "We are excited to partner with P&G for a second year to provide grants to 20 Boys & Girls Clubs that offer kids an engaging and secure learning environment for them to develop into productive and positive individuals."

Power Hour is the homework and tutoring program designed to raise the academic proficiency of Boys & Girls Club members ages 6-12. Power Hour provides children with the guidance necessary to complete their homework and start the next school day with a sense of confidence and ability.

"P&G is proud to partner with BJ's to support the Boys & Girls Club Power Hour program," said Robert Murphy, Procter & Gamble Director for BJ's Wholesale Club. "Power Hour is a fabulous program, which fulfills our mission to help children Live, Learn, and Thrive by providing an opportunity for kids to have a nurturing place to go after school for help with their class work and be surrounded by strong role models from the community."

The following is the list of grant recipients located in each of BJ's 15-state footprint that were chosen based on need and proximity to a BJ's Club:

  • Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club (CT)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware - Greater Newark Unit (DE)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County - STARS Complex Unit (FL)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida - Downtown Unit (FL)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida - Woodland Acres Unit (FL)

  • Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club (GA)

  • Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine - Auburn/Lewiston Unit (ME)

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill (MA)

  • Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest - Pearl Street/Framingham Unit (MA)

  • Boys & Girls Club of Salem (NH)

  • Boys & Girls Club of Vineland/Broaden Your Horizons (NJ)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Suffolk County - Murphy Junior High School Unit (NY)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County - Brentwood Unit (NC)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte - Milton Road Unit (NC)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland - Heights Youth Unit (OH)

  • Boys & Girls Club of Massillion (OH)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Allentown - Turner Street Unit (PA)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington - Fredericksburg Unit (VA)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick - Norwood Unit (RI)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore - Park Heights Unit (MD)

Last year, BJ's and P&G donated $5,000 grants to 20 other deserving Boys & Girls Clubs. And for the last few years, BJ's has supported various Boys & Girls Clubs distributing nearly $113,500 in grants through the BJ's Charitable Foundation.

About BJ's Wholesale Club
BJ's is dedicated to providing members with high-quality, brand-name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. BJ's carries the most product variety of any wholesale club with more than 7,000 items, including supermarket-sized staples, USDA Choice meats and stock-up items. BJ's is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and for greater convenience, offers the most payment options including EBT.

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 187 clubs and 105 gas stations in 15 eastern states. Learn more and shop online at BJs.com or for exclusive content visit Facebook.com/bjswholesaleclub.

Giving back has always been at the very core of BJ's culture. Through local clubs, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations, volunteerism, national programs and the BJ's Charitable Foundation, BJ's supports and enhances programs that provide vital services within each community we serve. For more information about BJ's corporate commitment to the community, please visit, www.bjs.com/about/community/.

About Procter & Gamble
Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Actonel®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®. The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide. In these countries and beyond, P&G is committed to improving lives for children in need through its global cause, Live, Learn and Thrive. Every day P&G Live, Learn and Thrive® is helping children get off to a healthy start, receive access to education, and build skills for life. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G, its brands, and Live, Learn and Thrive.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Fruci Assistant PR Manager - BJ's Wholesale Club
Phone: 508-651-8694
Fax: 508-651-6167
Jessica Newman Manager of Community Relations - BJ's Wholesale Club
Fax: 508-651-6167
Aileen Slocum Musselman External Relations Manager - P&G
Phone: 410-489-0151
Fax: 866-575-5687

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