The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich will name its 2020 Youth of the Year, the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich member can achieve, at the 52nd Annual awards dinner on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 6:00pm at 4 Horseneck Lane.
This celebration will also honor the 2020 Champion of Youth award recipient, Susan Bevan.
Susan Bevan is a philanthropist and non-profit volunteer. A former corporate attorney, she has served on many boards, both locally near her home in Greenwich, CT, as well as internationally. As a board member of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Susan served as Vice President and also co-chair of the capital campaign (2001-2005) that rebuilt the pool and clubhouse and added a hockey rink.
“For more than twenty years, I’ve witnessed the impact the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich has on the youth of Greenwich,” Susan says. “From water safety and swim team competitions to after-school homework help and a healthy afternoon snack, to the dedication of the staff and volunteers ensuring balance, achievement and enjoyment – the Club’s impact is unmatched. Creating an environment where children and young adults feel safe and supported in their ‘home away from home’ has provided a platform for success for these children. The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is defined by its commitment to preparing young people to be responsible, caring and productive community members, and I fully support its mission.”
“Since her commitment as an active Board member to her time as a community volunteer, Susan Bevan has always wanted the best for Club kids,” heralds Bobby Walker, Jr, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. “Her dedication to BGCG through the years has helped establish the foundation from which today’s Club can successfully prepare young people ‘to discover their greatness.’”
Susan is a member of the boards of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality working to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution that will guarantee equal rights to all citizens, regardless of sex. As a member of the board of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, based in Evanston, IL, she also serves as liaison to and board member on the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee and the Fraternity and Sorority Action Fund in Washington, D.C.
She is the recent past-national Co-Chair of the Republican Majority for Choice having served on its board for 17 years.
Susan has been published in the Huffington Post and The New York Times and has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki discussing issues regarding reproductive choice and the Republican Party. She also currently serves on the board of the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
An active member of the Greenwich community, Susan’s past board work includes Greenwich Library, The Bruce Museum and the Breast Cancer Alliance.
Each year, the teenage Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich members apply to become the Youth of the Year, the highest honor a BGCG member can achieve. The Youth of the Year program is in its 52nd year. The program recognizes an outstanding Club member who has made significant contributions to his or her family, school, community and Club.
This year’s five Youth of the Year finalists are: Alessandra DeVito, a senior at Greenwich High School; Lara Javier, a junior at Greenwich High School; Max Pisacreta, a senior at Greenwich High School; Andres Rincon, a senior at Westhill High School; and Keely Rodriguez, a junior at Greenwich High School. All five finalists are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at the Club.
Youth of the Year candidates and Susan Bevan will speak about their time at the Club.