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BGCNC celebrates with Diamond Gala

FALLBROOK – Boys & Girls Clubs of North County gathered over 200 of their closest friends, dignitaries, and supporters Saturday, April 15, to celebrate their Diamond Gala at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. With over $200,000 raised, this fundraiser was deemed a great success.

“We are excited we broke our record this year by raising over $200,000 at the gala to better serve our local kids and families,” said Allison Barclay, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of North County. “We truly appreciate our loyal and dedicated supporters who make our mission possible.“

Platinum sponsors Jim and Jeanette Short, The Angel Society of Fallbrook, and Del Rey Avocado were honored for their generous support along with the many other event sponsors. Tommy Sablan, “Little Tommy,” volunteered as emcee for the night and kept the guests entertained.

Eighth grader Mariana Urbina, Boys & Girls Clubs of North County Youth of the Year, gave a moving speech on how the club and club staff have motivated her to achieve academic and personal success. After a lively auction, the guests danced the night away to the upbeat music of Detroit Underground.

For 60 years, the club has been the place for youth to go after school for fun memories with friends, programs that would enhance their learning experience, and relationships with caring staff.

Starting in 1962, the Boys Club of Fallbrook was a place where boys could gather for constructive activities. In a rural community, at a time when there weren’t a lot of healthy options for boys, the club offered its members a world of new opportunities.

In addition to being a hangout for boys in the 60’s and 70’s, the Boys Club of Fallbrook was also a trailblazer, consistently opening their doors to children who needed them most.

In 1979, the Boys Club of Fallbrook changed its name to Boys & Girls Club of Fallbrook to better reflect the increasing number of girls participating in the program. This was more than a decade before Boys Clubs of America added “Girls” to its name.

In 1998, the club changed its name to what they are known as today, Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.

As they continued to grow and serve more youth, the club added afterschool programs at its Fallbrook Union Elementary School District sites. Today, the Club has an afterschool site at each of the elementary schools in the district, including Mary Fay Pendleton and San Onofre schools, helping to reach even more of the military youth.

Boys & Girls Clubs of North County currently serves over 2,000 children every year in its 10 different sites throughout Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton.

Submitted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.

 

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