Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

McSally Invites Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Member Gilbert Valenzuela to State of the Union

January 20, 2015
Press Release

TUCSON - U.S. Representative Martha McSally announced she will attend the State of the Union on January 20 with a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Gilbert Valenzuela, an honors student at Alta Vista High School and the 2015 Roy Drachman Clubhouse Youth of the Year. Members of Congress are given one ticket each year to invite a guest to the President’s speech.

 “Even at his young age, Gilbert exhibits an incredible passion for giving back and making a positive difference in his community through volunteerism and community service,” said McSally. “His work with the Boys and Girls Clubs allows Gilbert to share his energy and positive attitude with other youngsters to motivate them to excel in school and stay on a positive trajectory. I can’t think of anyone more deserving or appropriate to come to Washington for this great tradition and represent Southern Arizona at the State of the Union.”

Linda Wojtowicz, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson noted, “Civic engagement and academic excellence are at the core of the mission of the Clubs. This opportunity provided by Representative McSally offers Gilbert the chance to reinforce these critical areas as he looks toward creating a Great Future.”

“I never imagined I would be going to Washington DC and be present when the President addresses the nation,” said Valenzuela. “I am so thankful that by participating in the Boys & Girls Clubs, working hard in school and pursuing my dreams every day has put me in a position to do this really cool thing. I’m beyond honored to have been chosen to represent my Clubhouse and my community.”

Gilbert is 17 years old and has been a member of the Roy Drachman Clubhouse for ten years. He actively participates in the Keystone Service Club and has created the Hip-Hop Club where he shares his musical and performing talents with other members. His goal is to be a professional music artist, recording engineer, and run his own recording studio/record label.  He plans to attend college when he graduates Alta Vista High School in 2016.