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ROSS Stores in-store fundraiser benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

Store donations at register to benefit 36,000 youth at 12 East Valley branches

Ross Stores Check Presentation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the East ValleyTempe, AZ (June 12, 2015) – From February 8-28, Ross Stores, Inc. helped raise funds across the Company’s chain of over 1,200 stores for the local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. To help support educational opportunities for these youth, customers made donations at the registers located in local Ross Stores.  Donated funds will provide local kids in need with tutoring assistance, academic programs, books, and school supplies during Power Hour at the Boys & Girls Club.  In Arizona, the more than 36,000 kids and teens who attend one of the 12 clubs with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) will benefit from this in-store fund raiser.

“As a community, we are working to provide our kids with fun, educational and positive opportunities that keep them safe and help them get ahead,” said Alfredo Dreyfus, Chairman of the Board, with the BGCEV.  “I am grateful for the Ross employees who have kept our neighborhood kids in mind as they encouraged their customers to support our mission.”

“I was a club kid as a youth and believe strongly in the programs and strategies provided by Boys & Girls Clubs,” says Luis Gonzalez with the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I am hopeful that campaigns like this with our friends at Ross Stores, Inc. will allow us to reach even more youth in all of our Phoenix communities, as well as new donors and volunteers who believe in supporting our kids with educational programs.”

Every day, 15 million kids nationwide (1 out of 3) leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised and potentially unsafe. During the summer, an alarming 43 million (3 out of 4) kids in America lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year even starts.  The types of activities and individuals a child spends their time with after school and during the summer significantly impacts the path they take in life.  Children and teens can participate in the Club’s structured programs, such as homework help, sports teams, art classes, leadership development and community service.

“Supporting the local communities we serve is an important focus for us,” said Leslie Oestreicher, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Ross Stores. “The Power Hour homework program provides students with the opportunity and tutors to learn and develop skills that enable them to be successful in their studies.”

Ross Stores, Inc. and BGCEV are reaching more kids and helping them on the path to a Great Future.  For more information on how to enroll your child with the BGCEV, or on how you can help support our kids, clubs and programs, please call 480-820-3688, or visit our website @ www.clubzona.org.