TUCSON, Ariz., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Date / Location:
May 14th, 2010, 5pm
Amity Circle Tree Ranch
10500 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 85749
Amity Foundation is honored to announce Ray Clarke as Board President of Dragonfly Village. Dragonfly Village is launching a capital campaign to build a 12-building village on a portion of Amity's Circle Tree Ranch to reunify children in need with their families. Upon completion the Village will have housing for 100 families annually. Friday, May 14th will mark the initial Dragonfly Village dinner event, to be held at Amity's Ranch.
Mr. Clarke, currently Southwest Regional Vice President of the Amity Foundation, is formerly President/CEO of the Tucson Urban League and has stood up for Arizona's children for more than three decades. In addition to his contribution to the Urban League, Mr. Clarke was the [youngest] Deputy Director of the Pima County Juvenile Court Center where he not only tirelessly developed alternatives to incarceration for youth, but also promoted family restoration wherever possible. He served as the Executive Director of The Arizona Governor's Council on Health and was significantly instrumental ensuring that Arizona had an opportunity to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he holds a Master of Science degree in Public Administration. Mr. Clarke's past professional affiliations and honors are numerous with state, local and national organizations.
Amity Foundation has long provided services to families, starting with its first children's project in l981. Numerous policy presentations and research over the years saw the Amity projects become a national inspiration regarding the critical need to offer services and curriculum that focus on strong healthy families.
In troubled economic times, vulnerable populations often find themselves in extremis. Arizona is one of the fastest growing state in the U.S., but services to families are not keeping pace with the population growth: according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, there are over 6000 families who needed services, safety, and support last year who were not helped. Given the current financial crisis, that number will grow even larger this year. With only 159 residential treatment beds in the state for mothers and children, an ever-growing women's prison population driven by drug incarceration and budget cuts throughout the state -- more children are left behind every day.
Mr. Clarke's adoption of this project will ensure integrity, dedication and commitment to the children's needs in our community. The Dragonfly Village under his leadership will serve as an example of a kept promise to children and families.
SOURCE Amity Foundation