Eat a burrito, help a teen |

Eat a burrito, help a teen

Hungry for Mexican food? Like children? Eat a gordita at Taco Bell and help support the local Boys & Girls Club.The Taco Bell for Teens Day, hosted by the Taco Bell Foundation, will donate 10 percent of todays proceeds and provide a matching donation to help fund late-night programs for regional Boys & Girls Clubs. Chris and Tammy Walsh, owners of Taco Bells in Kings Beach and Auburn, took this fundraising opportunity to support the local Boys & Girls Clubs in both North Tahoe and Auburn.Tammy and I are excited that as our business grows, our support of Boys & Girls Clubs grows, said Chris Walsh.Chris Walsh also serves as a member of the board of the Auburn Boys & Girls Club.The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is experiencing increased teen membership, said Isabelle Rodriguez, the clubs executive director. In an effort to provide a positive place for teen activity the club extended its nightly hours to 8 p.m. And one Friday each month the club will stay open until 11 p.m. for supervised teen events.Earlier this year the Boys & Girls Club launched a middle school intern and teen employment program.The Taco Bell for Teens Day is a perfect match for the clubs teen employment program and the growing interest by teens in this area, said Kelly Atchley, board president of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Were excited about the clubs growth with the support of the Kings Beach Taco Bell.The North Lake Tahoe Club was founded in 1998 in effort to provide year-round youth services to enhance development by instilling a sense of place. Character and leadership development, education and career, health and life skills, sports, fitness, recreation and the arts serve as the core of the program activities.The Taco Bell Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $16 million since 1995 to support the teen programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs to provide youth with support, mentoring, job training, character, value and leadership development. This fundraiser is a perfect marriage for the Boys & Girls Club and the Taco Bell Foundation, said Rodriguez.

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