Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Celebrates Fundraising Goal
“As a former Club kid, I know firsthand the positive impact the Boys & Girls
Clubs can have on a child’s life,” said Joseph Marziello. “Lisabeth and I
are committed to enabling all kids – especially those who are disadvantaged
– to reach their full potential.”
The Marziellos will transition into their new posts this summer. They were
among 12 candidates considered for the position after a six-month nationwide
search. The organization has been under the leadership of interim CEO Al
Mollica since October.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Philadelphia comprises 12 clubs across the city and serves more than 13,000
children from ages six weeks to 19 years. The organization has a proven
impact on at-risk youth. In the 2009-2010 program year:
• 99 percent of 6th through 11th graders who completed the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Philadelphia program went on to the next grade.
• 100 percent of 12th graders who completed the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Philadelphia program graduated from high school; 53 percent of those
students went on to college.
• Of 350 teens polled, 53 percent said the primary adult they’ve spoken
with about their future is a Boys & Girls Club staff member, as opposed to a
parent or teacher.
In January 2010, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia launched its three-year
comprehensive fundraising campaign with a $3 million pledge from John C.
Haas. Haas passed away in April 2011 and left an additional $1 million
bequest to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
In addition to the generous support from Haas, the Be Great, Philadelphia!
campaign received support from: Shire Pharmaceuticals, the Shane Victorino
Foundation, all members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Board of
Directors and Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia employees.