MALL OF ABILENE’S JCPENNEY CUSTOMERS “ROUND-UP” FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ABILENE, INC.

MALL OF ABILENE’S JCPENNEY CUSTOMERS “ROUND-UP” FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ABILENE, INC.

100 Percent of Donations from Recent “Round-Up” Program Benefit Boys & Girls of Abilene, Inc. the JCPenney Store’s Afterschool Fund PartnerBoys & Girls Club of Abilene, Inc. and JCPenney celebrate Lights On AfterschoolAbilene, TX – Thanks to funds raised through a recent “Round-Up” program at the JCPenney at The Mall of Abilene local children in need will continue to have access to afterschool programming at Boys & Girls Club of Abilene, Inc. the store’s JCPenney Afterschool Fund partner. From October 15th-25th, JCPenney customers were invited to “round-up” their JCPenney purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to local afterschool programs that provide at-risk children access to life-enriching activities that inspire children to be smart, strong and socially responsible. “With the $11, 684 raised from The Mall of Abilene’s JCPenney Store ‘Round-Up’ program over the last 18 months, even more children can benefit from Boys & Girls Club of Abilene’s afterschool programs, said Mark Young, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Abilene, Inc. “We appreciate JCPenney’s support as we work towards our goal of providing high-quality afterschool programs that provides academic, physical and social development for children in Abilene.”JCPenney’s Round-Up program was held in conjunction with Boys & Girls Club Fannin’s Club event to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, the largest national Afterschool awareness day with more than 7,500 local events taking place throughout the nation. Marking the 10th anniversary of the rally, Boys & Girls Club of Abilene in Abilene organized a Lights on Afterschool Celebration at the Fannin Club on 1902 Shelton Street for October 22nd. Councilman Anthony Williams will speak to the kids, parents, and guests at 4:45 to talk about how having a place to go to afterschool literally saved his life and gave him direction in a life of community service. Free hot dogs and chips will be provided to all guests from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with tours of the Fannin Club being available. Other Lights On Afterschool events across the country included student performances, open houses, art and essay contests, art displays, tree lightings, carnivals, and much more. As part of Lights On Afterschool this year, JCPenney and the Afterschool Alliance released results from America After 3 PM: A Household Survey on Afterschool in America, the most in-depth study ever done to explore how America’s children spend their afternoons. Sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a public charity that inspires children to be smart, strong and socially responsible, the study measures progress and includes updated information on afterschool participation nationally and in all 50 states. “Lights On Afterschool is an exciting event that honors the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities,” said Store Manager Don Pittman. “Based on results from the America After 3PM survey 15% of children in Texas access afterschool programs – a higher figure than ever before. However, we know we need to do more to keep up with the rising demand of afterschool programs locally. We look forward to continuing our strong, long term commitment to this issue and appreciate our customers for their support of this worthy cause.” Director of Boys & Girls Club, Mark Young, concurs: “In a recent survey conducted in the Abilene Independent School District by local afterschool programs, 21% of the children between K-8 grade are in some sort of afterschool program. You do have to wonder where the other 79% are and if the majority of them are going home to an empty house. It is through great partnerships with excellent organizations such as JCPenney that we can get the word out that inexpensive afterschool programming exists for every child in Abilene.”The full America After 3 PM report with state summaries are available online at www.jcpenneyafterschool.org. For further information contact:Boys & Girls Club of AbileneMark Young, CPO672-1712 or 518-1092JCPenneyQuinton Crenshaw, 972-431-3400, jcpcorpcomm@jcpenney.comThe Boys & Girls Club of Abilene serves over 3,400 children a year through our four sites: The Nelson Club , Fannin Club , Highland Club , and the Wylie Club . Last year 1,760 children were members and enjoyed the programming in our 5 core areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness, & Recreation.About The JCPenney Afterschool FundThe JCPenney Afterschool Fund is a charitable organization committed to providing children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire children to be smart, strong and socially responsible. To date, JCPenney and the JCPenney Afterschool Fund have contributed more than $80 million to local afterschool programs in every JCPenney community through partnerships with the YMCA of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H and United Way of America. For more information, visit www.jcpenneyafterschool.org for more information.