The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has received a generous donation this holiday season from employees, business associates and friends of Canyon Capital Realty Advisors (CCRA).

On Thursday, Dec. 9, employees from CCRA plan to join 160 children at the Boys & Girls Club for a pizza and cupcake party, where each guest will receive a new backpack filled with school supplies and a $60 Foot Locker gift card for a pair of new sneakers.

At the end of the event, CCRA Managing Partner Bobby Turner will also present a check totaling over $92,000 to help provide, among other things, the necessary funding for a renovation of the club’s Teen Room, a relocation and refurbishing of the art room, and new carpeting, pop-up tables and chairs for the facility’s relocated Multipurpose Room. About a third of the funds will also be directed to support the club’s college mentoring program.

The nonprofit Boys & Girls Club, founded in Santa Monica more than 60 years ago, strives to enable all young people, especially those with the greatest needs, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Programs in Santa Monica are offered at two branch locations, and at Santa Monica High School, John Adams and Lincoln middle schools, and McKinley and Roosevelt elementary schools.

The backpacks, supplies and gift cards will be given in support of the Family Assistance Program at the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club. For many families, being a recipient of the Family Assistance Fund is the only time they will receive new clothes or toys throughout the year, club officials say.

“At a time when the needs of our community are greater than ever, we believe that providing new supplies and a renovated facility, as well as support for these students to prepare for college entry, is a great way to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of these children,” said Turner.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club Aaron Young welcomed the donation and gifts.

“Once again, we are thrilled that Canyon will be helping to kick off the holiday season for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club,” Young said. “Their generous donation will enable us to continue preparing local youth with the skills they need to thrive in their communities today and into the future.”

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