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Play It Forward! Westchester's Ridge Hill Partners with Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester for Toy Drive

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Play It Forward! Westchester's Ridge Hill Partners with Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester for Toy Drive

Shoppers and visitors to DreamWorks' "The North Pole Adventure" can help bring joy to area's youth in need

Yonkers, NY – November 11, 2014 – As part of the national launch of DreamWorks Animation's The North Pole Adventure, Westchester's Ridge Hill announced a seasonal toy drive to benefit three regional Boys & Girls Clubs: Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, and Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.

The holiday season brings great joy to families, but there are still many in this area who struggle at this time of year to provide the extras that every family dreams of," said Kathryn Welch, Executive Vice President, Forest City Ratner Companies, owners of Westchester's Ridge Hill. "This toy drive provides an opportunity for all of us to help fulfill the wishes of local children and bring some joy to families in need."

The toy drive is being coordinated with the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester which is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year and serves approximately 1,500 children annually. The Club offers nationally-acclaimed mentoring and tutoring programs that increase literacy rates, school attendance and academic success of at-risk youth.

Brian Skanes, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, said "Ridge Hill has played an important role in our community by creating events that attract families from all walks of life to its center. This is truly a great partnership between two organizations that care deeply about the youth of our region."

Dozens of pre-schoolers who attend programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester participated in Westchester's Ridge Hill launch event for The North Pole Adventure on Thursday, November 6th. They were the first to experience this high-tech reinvention of the classic visit to Santa Claus and then treated to lunch at LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

The toy drive will be conducted throughout the holiday season at Ridge Hill, benefiting hundreds of children in need throughout Westchester County. From Thursday, November 6th through Sunday, December 14th, please donate new, unwrapped toys appropriate for children ages 3-12.

Donations may be dropped off at the Holiday Tree in the lobby of the WESTMED building at Ridge Hill (73 Market Street, Yonkers, NY). Toys will be distributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, and Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.

About Westchester's Ridge Hill:
Westchester's Ridge Hill is the best destination in Westchester to shop, dine and play. Patterned on a classic downtown, our family-friendly outdoor center features a central Town Square and children's play area. In addition to our eclectic mix of popular fashion, sports and technology retailers, the center is home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, a 12-screen National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux, Whole Foods, LA Fitness and ten delicious dine-in restaurants. Ridge Hill is easily accessible to all Westchester, Putnam and NYC Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Learn more at http://www.westchestersridgehill.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester:
Celebrating its 75th year, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester remains dedicated to its mission to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. A non-profit established in 1939, the Club has served more than 100,000 youth and welcomed nearly 10,000 volunteers, staff and board members. Located in Mt. Kisco, NY, the Club's 36,000-square-foot facility features an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, game room, computer labs, and a 1,600sf Teen Center. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester serves 1,700 boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.