Alaska Communications Supports Youth Development with $15,000 Donation to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
Donation increases total contribution more than $100,000 over seven years
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (Sept. 18, 2017) – As part of the seventh annual Summer of Heroes program, Alaska Communications donated $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, bringing the total donation amount since 2011 up to more than $100,000. Alaska Communications presented the donation to Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, during the organization’s 2017 Driving Great Futures Gala on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Serving 26 communities across the state, Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska provides programs proven to help children reach their full potential in school and in their community. The organization serves approximately 10,000 children each year. Alaska Communications’ $15,000 donation brings the company’s total contribution to $105,000 between 2011 and 2017.
Summer of Heroes is a partnership program between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to support youth development programs throughout the state and honor young Alaskans who are making positive contributions in their communities. Diedre Williams, vice president, human resources, at Alaska Communications, joined Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to present $1,500 scholarships to six young heroes during a recognition ceremony at the Alaska State Fair on Aug. 27. The heroes hailed from Anchorage, Ketchikan, Eagle River and Toksook Bay, and were united in their commitment to serving as local heroes.
In addition to the six scholarships for award recipients, Alaska Communications pledged to donate $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska for every new Unlimited or Business Internet sign up between April 25 and July 17, 2017, up to $15,000 total. The donation to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska assists with making up for funds lost due to cuts in federal grants, helping to minimize the gap between the annual membership fee and the $750 it costs to put one child through the program for a year.
“Each year, we’re honored to recognize outstanding youth from around the state and also raise awareness for the importance of youth develop programs that help all kids succeed,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. “We appreciate the support that Alaska Communications provides for our organization and look forward to continuing to celebrate youth and their accomplishments.”
“Youth development programs like those provided by Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are essential to creating positive, healthy communities throughout our great state of Alaska,” said Diedre Williams, vice president, human resources at Alaska Communications. “We’re very proud of our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska and happy to present them with this donation to assist in their impactful work.”
For full biographies of each Summer of Heroes scholarship recipient and more information about Alaska Communications’ work in the community, visit www.alaskacommunications.com/s
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications is the leading provider of advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous U.S. For more information, visitwww.alaskacommunications.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska
Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska has 26 sites statewide, which offer programs before and after school and during school breaks for youth and teens, 7-18 years old, as well as athletics and licensed childcare programs. Mission is fulfilled through guidance-oriented character development activities conducted in safe, warm and fun environments by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character & leadership, healthy lifestyles, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. Learn more about programs and activities offered by Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska athttp://www.bgcalaska.org or 907-248-5437.