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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Menswear Entrepreneur, Brett Johnson, Donates Athletic Footwear to the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon

— Denzel Washington Applauds Brett Johnson for Supporting His Hometown Boys & Girls Club —

Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson, CEO of the Brett Johnson Collection, LLC

Bethesda, MD — Brett Johnson, CEO of the Brett Johnson Collection, LLC, (BJC) today announced a donation of 100 pairs of athletic footwear from his menswear fashion line to young men participating in the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. Brett Johnson is committed to giving back to the community and is making the donation to encourage the youth to continue to strive for success as they enter college in the fall.

“I am personally excited to make today’s footwear donation from the Brett Johnson Collection to the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon,” said Johnson. “When I began BJC, I wanted a way to connect to the younger generation to impart the importance of following your dreams regardless of your circumstances.” He continues, “The signature shoe from the Collection does just that and was designed with a footprint that signifies legacy and having the ability to leave an imprint in whatever you do. It’s a motto that I have to come to personally believe in for myself and want to share specifically with the young men participating in programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon — to follow their dreams and never give up.”

“I am really proud of my son Brett for following his passion to create a successful clothing brand and athletic wear,” said Robert L. Johnson, founder of The RLJ Companies and Brett Johnson’s father. “His desire to give back to the community and to encourage young men that hard work and perseverance are the building blocks to success. As a young man, Brett realizes the importance of philanthropy and today’s donation of 100 shoes is the first step to his future involvement in giving back,” he concluded.

“I have known Brett Johnson and his father, Bob Johnson, for a number of years, and I am proud of him and the company he has created,” said actor Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson of Boys & Girls Club of America, who spent his formative years at the Boys and Girls Club of Mt. Vernon. “Brett has unselfishly decided to give back and have a valuable impact in the lives of young men. I share a personal connection with the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon and know Brett’s gift will inspire as well as ignite the passion for creativity in each of the Club’s young male participants.”

“By way of today’s announcement, Brett Johnson is making a local impact,” said Frank Sanchez, National Vice President of the Boys & Girls Club of America. “As the designer and architect of a successful brand, Brett is a perfect example of how we should all, regardless of our occupation, inspire our kids to strive for more. Brett is an example that many designers as well as companies should follow.”

“Recognizing the 100 young men who participate in programs at our specific club is truly significant and Brett and his Brett Johnson Collection team should be commended,” added Lowes Moore, Executive Director, Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club. “As administrators, we often seek new and creative ways that will inspire our boys and girls to fully realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. It’s our mission.”

Founded by Johnson, the namesake collection offers a modern luxury brand for the world’s most fashionable men and will appeal to well-dressed men of every generation. The Brett Johnson Collection debuted in 2013 with a line of men’s shoes and apparel.

About The Brett Johnson Collection
The Brett Johnson Collection is a distinct brand which offers premium apparel that exudes style, sophistication, and edge for the global lifestyle.  Founded by entrepreneur Brett Johnson, the Collection offers a modern luxury brand for the world’s most fashionable man.  Brett’s vision positions the Collection to become one of the most iconic brands in the world, appealing to well-dressed men of every generation. For more information about the Brett Johnson Collection, visit www.brettjohnson.co.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.bgca.org/facebook and www.bgca.org/twitter.

Media Inquiries: Traci Otey Blunt, (240) 744.7858 or press@rljcompanies.com
Business Inquiries: Corey Printup, (240) 744.7894 or brett@brettjohnsoncollection.com

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