Ray Black, executive director of Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club in Madison, Indiana, was presented with a Dependable Leader Award by Maytag brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Ray and the Club in Madison were given a $20,000 financial award that will further enhance the Club’s efforts to be a safe, dependable place that enable young people to achieve great futures. Ray is the fifth of 25 Leaders that will receive this distinction throughout 2013.
On Wednesday April 10 the Maytag Repairman made a surprise visit to the Club to honor Ray Black and his dedication to the Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club. Following the award presentation, the Maytag Repairman, Ray and the Club staff were available for interviews to speak about the partnership between Maytag and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and how the Maytag Dependable Leader Award will allow Ray and the Club to continue to make a positive impact in the community and build upon their reach.
Some question if Boys & Girls Club blue runs through Ray Black’s blood. While Ray is currently the executive director of Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club in Madison, Ray has been involved with the Club since he was a student at Madison Junior High School in 1964. He began working for the Club as a volunteer and held various roles such as the Assistant Director. In 1984, Ray took over as the Club’s Executive Director and has remained committed since.
“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows Maytag brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag. “Boys & Girls Clubs’ staff, volunteers and board members provide hope and balance; it is our honor to recognize these individuals with this award.”
As the director, Ray has served on several Boys & Girls Club committees locally, regionally, and state wide. In 2001, his commitment was recognized when he received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Professional Service Award.
About Maytag Brand:
For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit http://www.maytag.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 4,000 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.