WSS Donates to Boys and Girls Club

WSS, the Southern California-based neighborhood footwear retailer in the U.S., affirmed its commitment to the neighborhoods where it does business by donating $250,000 to the Los Angeles County Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs and to other neighborhood clubs in the western region. The donation was presented to Mary Hewitt, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs, and its two “Youth of the Year” members by sitcom and film star Anthony Anderson, a Boys & Girls Club Watts chapter alumni and supporter; WSS Founder Eric Alon; WSS President Mark Archer; and Councilman Gil Cedillo.

“I’ve long dreamed about a day like today where we can make such an impactful announcement as this one. I can’t express the caring we have at WSS for our neighborhoods and communities and the respect we have for the work that the Boys & Girls Clubs are doing,” said WSS Founder Eric Alon. “Los Angeles has been very good to us and we want to thank you by supporting and inspiring future community leaders.”

WSS’ donation will support Club programs that help youth build character, live a healthy lifestyle and achieve academic success. Each WSS store will be paired with a local Boys & Girls Club where WSS volunteers will have opportunities to work with Club members to support their activities through events, games, tutoring and special programs. Each Boys & Girls Club will also receive WSS gift cards that will be used to incentivize and reward youth for academic improvement and excellence. Lastly, WSS stores will work with their local Boys & Girls Club to help members create resumes, learn how to interview and have an opportunity to apply to work at WSS.

“We are proud to make this donation to the Neighborhood Los Angeles County Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs as part of our shared dedication to strengthening our communities by providing practical work experience and personal development,” said Mark Archer, president of WSS. “WSS continues its 30-year strong commitment to neighborhoods through support of Boys & Girls Clubs. Together we will work to provide opportunities to help our youth become who they’re destined to be -– future leaders.”

“Any time we can offer opportunities to our members to pursue their personal and professional goals while being a productive member of their community; we consider it a win,” said Mary Hewitt, Executive Director for Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs. “We’re grateful to WSS and our newfound partnership because every donation counts towards helping our kids acquire new skills and abilities that will last them a lifetime.”

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WSS’s large store format enables us to showcase thousands of styles from top name brands like Nike, Jordan, Vans, Converse, Adidas, Puma, Skechers, etc. In addition, WSS carries high quality private brands augmenting the breadth of selection to deliver amazing value to our customers.

Founded in Southern California in 1984 by entrepreneur Eric Alon, all WSS stores feature a unique retail format that displays every style and size allowing customers to browse on their own terms, in a hassle-free environment, engaging the friendly and knowledgeable sales staff when they choose. The success of this business model has allowed WSS to continue its rapid expansion into new markets.

WSS is committed to giving back to the communities they serve, sponsoring or participating in over 350 local events each year. Stay connected to us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and at

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WSS Donates to Boys and Girls Club

As part of footwear retailer WSS’ commitment to giving back to the communities they serve, WSS president Mark J. Archer, and company executives presented a $10,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club Cheryl Green Community Youth Center in Torrance that will help with their various community programs.

The Cheryl Green Community Youth Center was founded in 2009 in memory of Cheryl Green, the 14 year old African American girl who was gunned down by a local gang in the area. The center serves youth ages 6 to 17 and gives them a place to go during the summer and after school in the fall. The Boys & Girls Club offers tutoring, game room activities, art & crafts, athletics, leadership development and gang intervention programs.

The donation presented to the Youth Center was received by Councilmember Joe Buscaino, 15th District, City of Los Angeles who was joined by his staff and Mike Herrera, Executive Director of the Youth Center.

“WSS is committed to the community and we want to help build tomorrow’s leaders in youth centers like Cheryl Green, where they offer not only recreational activities but also character and leadership programs which are important to shaping our youth,” said Mark J. Archer, President of WSS.  “It’s important that children have a safe and productive environment in which to learn and grow and WSS believes that the youth programs offered by the center can give our youth hope and the tools to become positive members of society.”

“On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, we appreciate the support and contribution WSS is giving to the community. We know WSS is serving many of our City residents by providing much needed jobs,” added Councilmember Buscaino.

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Thomas J. Ryan

Thomas J. Ryan Senior Business Editor | SGB Media | 917.375.4699

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