October 15, 2020
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston turned the spotlight on Phillips 66 recently to honor the company’s longstanding commitment to the organization and their shared mission of supporting the city's youth.
The organization, the region’s leading youth-development organization, celebrated Phillips 66 at its virtual 2020 Great Futures Dinner on Sept. 24. The event is the premier annual fundraiser for the BGCGH, and it reserves a spot on the agenda to honor its most committed supporters. Last year’s honoree was the city’s NBA team, the Houston Rockets.
“During this last seven years, Phillips 66 has been providing our organization with financial sustainability to offer new programs that we would have never been able to do before,” said Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston President and CEO Kevin Hattery.
The BGCGH serves economically disadvantaged youth at sites located throughout the Houston area. The youth are provided meals, strong role models, homework assistance, organized athletics, character development and access to the arts, along with workforce readiness for the older kids. In 2019, the BGCGH served 26,000 Houston-area children, with more than two-thirds ages 6-12.
“This is an organization that is having a very real and very positive impact on the kids in our community that truly do need it the most,” said Phillips 66 Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications Sonya Reed, who is also on the BGCGH board of directors.
Phillips 66’s support for the BGCGH began in 2012, when the company invested funds for the formal launch of a literacy program for children ages 6-9. Once that program was well established, the company continued its support for the BGCGH by contributing to its STEAM education program, which merges STEM curricula with the arts.
Phillips 66 also supports Boys and Girls Clubs in Los Angeles; Ferndale, Washington; and the Lummi Nation in Washington.
The BGCGH showed a video at the Great Futures Dinner that it produced on Phillips 66’s commitment to the organization. Reed accepted the honor on behalf of the company, and then took a moment to recognize the many people — volunteers, staff, donors — who power the BGCGH’s work.
“(They) have given themselves every single day to have a very meaningful impact on the lives of so many children,” she said.