Kellie Pickler To Headline Boys & Girls Clubs’ Tenth Annual Concert for Kids

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NEWARK– Kellie Pickler, perhaps best known for her success on American Idol, will headline the Boys & Girls Clubs 10th annual Concert for Kids on Nov. 14 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Tickets to see Kellie Pickler perform start at $31, and can be purchased through NJPAC at http://www.njpac.org/all_events.asp or ordered over the phone by calling the box office at 1-888-GO-NJPAC.

The Concert for Kids is the signature fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout New Jersey. The event last year raised over $500,000 for the 23 clubs statewide. This year, the event will be emceed by New Jersey comedian Joe Piscopo and include performances from local Boys & Girls Club members prior to Kellie Pickler taking the stage.

“We are excited to have Ms. Pickler join us this year, ” said Connie Ludwin, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey. “Not only is she an icon in country music, but she is also an active supporter of our troops through her USO tours, and has worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs in the past.”

Every year, Concert for Kids recognizes someone who works with the organization regularly to advance its mission and goals. This year’s honoree is William Johnston, market executive for Capital One Bank. Johnston has been a corporate board member for the Boys & Girls Club for 2 years and continues to support the organization.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs have done such a great job helping kids achieve their full potential,” says Johnston. “Studies have found that every $1 invested in Boys & Girls Clubs can generate $15 of positive impact in the community, through improved safety and academic performance for children and teenagers, as well as increased parental income. It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that is making such a significant difference for kids and our community.”

There are 23 local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state of New Jersey serving more than 85,000 children from ages as young as 6 years old to 18. Over the years the clubs have seen themselves grow, based on the fact they have kept membership costs low, so no child would ever be turned away due to the cost.

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have provided programs a safe place, adult mentors and life enhancing programs to young people in need. Clubs nationwide are focusing especially on education and job training for teens in effort to address critical issues such as high school drop out and delinquency and gang participation and substance abuse. Clubs also provide programs in health and fitness, character and leadership, the arts, and sports and recreation.


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