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SCOUTS SELL FIRST BAG OF POPCORN TO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN 

Alamo Area Council’s Top Popcorn Sellers Open Scouting’s Popcorn Season with Community Support from Harvey Najim 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (September 7, 2016) – The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council kicks off their annual Trail’s End Popcorn Fall fundraiser on September 8, 2016, with standout Cub Scout salesmen, Benjamin Schechter, Nathaniel Schechter, and Evan Simmons, ages seven, ten, and ten, respectively. The brothers and Scouting friend will be making the first sale of the season to successful businessman and philanthropist, Harvey E Najim. Media is invited to see the Scouts knock on the door to the Harvey E Najim Family Foundation to sell the first popcorn bag of the season to philanthropist and friend, Harvey Najim, this Thursday, SEPTEMBER 8th at 2 p.m. at 613 NW Loop 410, Ste 875, San Antonio, TX 78216.

“Selling Popcorn is hard, requiring public speaking, salesmanship, and persistence.  Like camping and outdoor adventure, selling a quality product like Trail's End Popcorn prepares our youth to face a challenging world with a heart of service, commitment, and leadership to find success,” said Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive/CEO, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.

Cub Scouts, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Evan have found success helping their Pack 109 raise over $53,257 last year in overall sales, each selling an average of $8,305 of the golden corn. Seventy-three percent of the funds raised from the Popcorn Fall fundraiser goes to support Scouting programs council-wide, such as Project Aguila. This project is a local initiative to create long-standing units in areas where the Council has identified the need for a program that prepares boys for life.

"I was a Scout and a successful salesman, and it’s an honor to continue this tradition to help kick off this year's Boy Scouts sales campaign that supports Scouting Programs,” said Harvey Najim, founder of the Harvey E Najim Family Foundation.

“Cool, I can’t wait to meet him!” said Nathaniel after his mom told him the news.

“He sounds like a really nice man!” said brother Ben.

Starting Saturday, September 10, 2016, communities should be on the lookout for Scouts selling popcorn in front of various local businesses and in their neighborhood through Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Scouts will have traditional favorites such as the Classic Caramel Corn priced at $10.00 and new additions like the tasty Jalapeno Cheddar that sells for $15.00.

“Besides being grateful to Harvey Najim for buying popcorn from our Scouts, we value the unified focus on youth we have with the Najim Family Foundation in giving back to our community.  We look forward to continuing the partnership in serving our kids,” said Angel Martinez, PR Director with the local Boy Scouts. 

More than 18,000 youth in the Alamo Area Council supported sales of over $1.5 million worth of popcorn during the Trail’s End Popcorn Fall Fundraiser in 2015.  Over $545,481 of those funds supported an ideal year of scouting for kids and families.

“It’s not about selling popcorn…it’s about our youth looking someone in the eye and being able to talk to people. A lot of kids are missing out on this skillset. It’s important to build up our future leaders,” said Michael Simmons, Scouting father and leader.

For more information on how you can support your local Boy Scouts through purchasing Trail’s End popcorn, contact the Alamo Area Council’s Unit Fundraising Team by email at Popcorn@AlamoAreaBSA.org or visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/Popcorn.

About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 18,000 youth and 6,500 volunteer adults in South Texas. With Learning for Life, an in-school character education subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America, the Council serves over 25,876 youth.  The Boy Scouts of America continues to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  Learn more at http://www.AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link

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