Tulsa Resident Jo Bright Honored with 2013 “Maytag® Dependable Leader” Award

Award recognizes Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who exemplify dependability with $20,000 grant for their local club
Jul 30, 2013 6:10 PM ET
Press Release

Tulsa, OK, July 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced today that Jo Bright has been named a “2013 Maytag Dependable Leader” in acknowledgment for her dedication to keeping youth on the path to achieving great futures. The Maytag Dependable Leader Award recognizes club professionals and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth by being dependable and exceptional role models.

Jo Bright was selected as one of 25 recipients to receive the distinction and a $20,000 financial award to help further extend her respective focus with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa.

Jo Bright intends to use the one-time grant to support her Clubs’ efforts in advancing as part of the National Youth Outcomes Initiative, which will allow her organization to continue dependably serving youth. A portion of the funding will also go toward a Club initiative of her choosing that will positively impact Tulsa Club kids every day.

“Jo Bright is truly a dependable leader who selflessly gives her time and efforts to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa and we are proud to see her recognized with this incredible award from Maytag,” said Carol Ainsworth, Program Aide. “Through the Maytag Dependable Leader Award, Jo Bright will continue making a positive impact in our community and build upon our reach. We are grateful to Maytag for supporting our organization’s efforts to serve young people and make a difference in their lives.”

Boys & Girls Clubs provides services and support that enable youth to reach their full potential. With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing products consumers can count on. The partnership between Maytag and BGCA seeks to promote dependability – a quality that the Clubs’ staff and volunteers strive for every day and is central to the Maytag brand.

“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows the brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag.  “Jo Bright provides her Club with passion and untiring devotion; it is our honor to recognize her with this award.”

About Maytag Brand

For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit http://www.maytag.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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Carol Ainsworth                                                Jetaun Adkins                                    Andrea Betts

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls                          Boys & Girls Clubs of America                Ketchum for Maytag Brand

Club of Metro Tulsa                                           (404) 487-5945                                 (646) 935-4269

(918) 425-7534                                                jadkins@bgca.org                               andrea.betts@ketchum.com