Winston-Salem - Former President of Entertainment and Devices Division of Microsoft Corporation and Winston-Salem native, Robbie Bach, will be the guest speaker at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club annual fund-raising dinner. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Grand Pavilion Ballroom, located at 460 North Cherry Street in Winston-Salem.
Robbie is a graduate of RJ Reynolds High School. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MBA from Stanford University. He is the former President of Entertainment and Devices Division of Microsoft Corp. and was responsible for everything from small-business marketing and OEM programs to major product launches and marketing for Microsoft's family of productivity applications. Most recently, Mr. Bach has distinguished himself through service to youth and children. He was chairman of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. His commitment to youth is inspiring and through regular speaking engagements, he shares a message of hope for youth in local communities and organizations like The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club that serve youth in a nurturing and caring environment. “It is an honor to have Robbie Bach come home and speak at our dinner”, said Major James Allison, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem. “He is a dynamic leader with a passion for helping young people achieve their maximum potential. The Salvation Army is grateful to have someone of such great character join us for this special event.”
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs are celebrating 76 years of serving the Winston-Salem community this year. The Clubs provide quality after-school and summer programming designed to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Club programs focus on enhancing social skills, providing opportunities to build character and improve academic success. The Club staff monitors school absences and collects report cards and progress reports in an effort to provide customized tutoring sessions, homework assistance, and help with end of grade testing.