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2012 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Luncheon “Ready, Set, Scout: Building Our Future Leaders”

[Houston, Texas]—The Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America presents the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Luncheon. The Luncheon is set to take place on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from Noon-1:30 pm in the Cockrell Scout Service Center at 2225 North Loop W., in Houston. The event will be preceded by a VIP reception at 11:30 am and the main program will honor distinguished scouts and organizations that have put special emphasis on increasing diversity, inclusion and support with respect to African American youth. For 2012, the Selection Committee has chosen to honor the following for their accomplishments:

Anthony Chase, Eagle Scout, President of ChaseSource and Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership
Eric Mullins, Distinguished Eagle Scout, Managing Director and Co-CEO of Lime Rock Resources
United Parcel Services – Gulf South District (accepting will be Stefan Wilson)
Marion Edwards, Long time Scouting volunteer

Past Houston area Honorees include the Honorable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. House of Representatives, the Reverend William A. Lawson, founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, J. Downey Bridgewater, Houston Market President-Comerica Bank and the Upper Kirby Association.

Funds raised at this year’s luncheon will support the following initiatives:

Funding several High adventure scholarship opportunities for at risk African American Scouts. Selected scouts will be provided the opportunity to attend national outdoor Scouting facilities (such as Philmont, Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, and The Summit). Each Facility offers wilderness programs and skills training that include canoeing, backpacking, hiking, scuba, and sailing.
Sponsoring merit badge classes in certain key areas, such as personal management (including budget and finances), science/technology/engineering, citizenship in the community and salesmanship.
Providing basic Scouting support for at risk African American youth, including uniforms, equipment, scout books, and camping opportunities.

Why Support this effort:

Scouting offers unmatched opportunities for any interested youth to learn leadership and life skills
Teens in Scouting are very apt to contribute in positive ways to their communities
Of the 60,000 Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council, 13% are African American
Increasing African American Scouts will increase opportunities for disadvantaged African American youth to develop into significant African American community leaders and contributors

Sponsorship Opportunities

$15,000 – Building Sponsor – 3 VIP tables (30 total seats); 16 tickets for the VIP reception; premium logo placement on program, publicity materials, etc.
$7,500 – Premium Sponsor – 2 VIP tables (20 total seats); 8 tickets for the VIP reception; major logo placement on program, publicity materials, etc.
$5,000 – Platinum Sponsor – 1 VIP table (10 total seats); 4 tickets for the VIP reception; significant logo placement on program, publicity materials, etc.
$2,500 – Gold Sponsor – 1 reserved table (10 total seats); 2 tickets for the VIP reception; logo placement on program.
$1,500 – Silver Sponsor – 1 reserved table (10 total seats); logo placement on program.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in what will be the “rebirth” of an annual celebration of Scouting and its link to success in the African American community.

For more information about the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award; go to http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/welcome/about_the_council/african_american_committee

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Contact:
Lynda Sanders
Director of Marketing / Communications
Sam Houston Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
2225 North Loop West
Houston, TX 77008
w 713 756 3301
c 713 820 8010
lynda.sanders@shac.org

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