*Updated 10-06-23 with event time

ANCHORAGE, AK – OCTOBER 5, 2023– In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Panda Express will present the ribbon cutting for the newest Panda Cares Center of Hope, taking place at the Boys & Girls Club Northeast Community Center Clubhouse on Friday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Panda Express are proud to bring a Panda Cares Center of Hope to east Anchorage. The opening of this Center of Hope aligns directly with Panda Express’ commitment to foster academic success among Boys & Girls Clubs members across the country.  

Panda Cares Center of Hope is a newly renovated space within our Club designed to deliver more joy, education, and critical social-emotional development to local communities. Project Learn, the platform that unites each Center of Hope, is a holistic strategy intended to reinforce and enhance what youth learn during the school day, while creating experiences that invite them to fall in love with learning. Rooted in social-emotional development, this program is based on research showing that students do better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun and academically beneficial activities. Our Panda Cares Center of Hope was designed to meet the needs of our Club members and include a new library of books, comfortable seating, computers, 3D printers, and spaces for them to learn, engage, and grow.  

To learn more about Boys & Girls Club Northeast Community Center programs, please visit https://bgcalaska.org/.

About Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska

For more than 55 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. Our 23 Clubs serve more than 5,000 young people in Alaska through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in urban settings and on Native lands throughout the state, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations. The administrative offices are is located in Anchorage in the Woodland Park Clubhouse. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska on Facebook  

About Panda Express 

On a mission of industry-first recipes, including its best seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp™, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,400 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to twelve international to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asiandining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety countries.  

Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares® the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, has raised more than $282 million and dedicated countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 13 million youths, as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. In 2020, the organization established the Panda Cares Scholars Program to provide the necessary funding,- academic support and leadership development to help high school and college students learn, lead and thrive towards a bright future. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com or pandacares.org. 


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