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Boys & Girls Clubs of North County sets record by raising over $115,000

 

Last updated 5/6/2016 at Noon

Joan Eberle takes a look at one of the many items upfor bid in the silent auction at the Boys & Girls Club of North County Masquerade Dinner and Auction Gala on April 23. Shane Gibson photos (Joan Eberle takes a look at one of the many items up for bid in the silent auction at the Boys & Girls Club of North County Masquerade Dinner and Auction Gala on April 23. Shane Gibson photos) (Joan Eberle takes a look at one of the many items up for bid in the silent auction at the Boys & Girls Club of North County Masquerade Dinner and Auction Gala on April 23. Shane Gibson photos)

FALLBROOK – On Saturday, April 23, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County set a record for their event by raising over $115,000 at their Masquerade Dinner & Auction Gala.

Over 240 caring community members showed up at Pala Casino to support the club’s largest fundraiser. Little Tommy from KyXy served as the celebrity emcee for an evening that featured a silent auction with over 220 items, and a live auction that included items like a trip to Cape Cod, Green Bay Packers tickets and a set of Taylormade golf clubs.

Allison Barclay, the chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, opened the evening’s program with the exciting news that the club will be working on purchasing a brand new bus. “With the growing needs of our services in this community, the purchase of a club bus will help us reach more of the youth that need us most,” said Barclay. “We’re excited to show our caring community how they can jump aboard this exciting new opportunity coming this summer.”

The highlight of the evening took place at dinner when the Club’s Youth of the Year, Miguel Rojas, stood in front of all 240 guests to tell them his story, and how the club has taught him the importance of his education and how the staff has encouraged him to reach his goal of graduating from college.

Foundation for Senior Care president Bob Franz wipes food with a napkin from the beak of his masquerade mask during the Boys & Girls Club of North County Masquerade Dinner and Auction Gala on April 23.

Each year the Auction & Dinner Gala gives the club the opportunity to recognize some of its most valuable and longtime supporters. This year Dale Mitchell was awarded the “Volunteer of the Year” for his tireless support of the Club’s programs, committees and leadership.

The club also recognized the Rotary Club of Fallbrook with the “Helping Hands” award for their invaluable support of community charities like the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.

The evening’s final award, the “Champion of Youth,” is presented to an individual that has provided exceptional service to the club and is the highest honor the club can bestow on an individual. This year the award was presented to board president Louise Small in recognition of her passion for the club’s mission and her service as one of the club’s strongest ambassadors in the community.

 

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