ATLANTA, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross") raised nearly $2.7 million to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) during the "Help Local Kids Learn" campaign in February. Almost 1,300 Ross stores invited customers to donate towards the after-school homework help program "Power Hour" for kids and teens at Clubs around the country.
Committed to helping youth excel academically and graduate from high school, Ross is a national sponsor of BGCA's Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages 6 to 18. The funds raised during the campaign will support the Power Hour program in the communities where Ross operates.
"Ross would like to thank all of our employees and customers who helped make our fundraiser such an amazing success," said Leslie Oestreicher, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Ross Stores, Inc. "Our company is proud to support Boys & Girls Clubs in helping local kids gain the skills to success now and in the future."
"We are extremely proud of the support and excitement from Ross associates and customers during this second year of the cause campaign to support youth around the country," said Chad Royal-Pascoe, National Vice President, Corporate and Cause Partnerships for BGCA. "With dollars raised, we are able to continue to provide Clubs with resources to deliver impactful academic programming to help more young people succeed in school and prepare for the future. Thanks to Ross and its customers who are making great futures happen for America's youth in their community."
Ross raised over $2 million during the three-week fundraiser and the Ross Stores Foundation donated an additional $350,000 matching grant. For more than 10 years, Ross and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have partnered to support academic enrichment and achievement while creating self-directed learners through the Power Hour program.
Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2015 revenues of $11.9 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® ("Ross"), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with almost 1,300 locations in 34 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates approximately 180 dd's DISCOUNTS® in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.
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 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native 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, 54 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.
SOURCE Boys & Girls Clubs of America