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Posted June 18, 2013




Leominster, MA– The STEM-focused Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (BGCFL)put Central Massachusetts on the map by recently hosting the National Fine Arts Exhibit Program (New England Regional Competition) for its national organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  BGCFL is one of more than 4,000 Clubs across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists by participating in this comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity, artistic skills and cultural enrichment.


“I am so proud of our  youth who not only enjoy our STEM-focused  activities centered around innovation all year-long, but also who show real talent and creative abilities in art” said Donata Martin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, who says this was a great moment for Massachusetts and also for Fitchburg and  Leominster. “We were chosen out of all the Clubs in the Northeast. Also, we are proud that our 12-year old Club  provides programs for more than 400 boys and girls in the areas of  science, technology, engineering, art, and math – STEAM – as well as provides programming in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.


With the great spirit of leadership, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster recently hosted the  Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Northeast Region  art competition and display,  that included 197 clubs and units from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.


The event showcased over 300 pieces of art work that were submitted for the exhibit.  Thirty-seven works of art chosen at the NE Regional were displayed at the Fitchburg Art Museum  and now  those art pieces will be considered for judging at the national level in July 2013.


Artists from BGCFL who displayed their work in the Exhibit are: Brett Mann, Caleigh Legere, Destinee Kennedy, Layla Santana, Maryanne Rivera, Megan Vazquez, Nicholas Pettigrew, Olivia Cepeda, Olivia Latino, Tyneesha Ramos, and Victoria Molina.As a participant in the National Fine Arts Exhibit program, BGCFL submitted members’ artwork in four age divisions and 10 categories, including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and collage.


TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, was the Premier Sponsor of the NE Regional Competition and Exhibit.  “Boys & Girls Clubs have been supporting youth throughout New England for many years with programs like the NE Regional Competition and Exhibit,” said Mark Crandall, Regional President for TD Bank. “We are proud to sponsor the regional competition, and look forward to seeing the works of New England’s talented young artists on the national stage.”


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.


About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.


TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD." To learn more, visit www.td.com.





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