FALLBROOK – Boys & Girls Clubs of North County celebrated its Rising Stars Annual Awards on Thursday, June 1, at the Ingold Clubhouse. Family and friends as well as Boys & Girls Clubs of North County board members and staff gathered to cheer on the proud winners.
"It is always a joy to see the Club members with their loved ones on awards night," said Allison Barclay, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of North County. "The kids work so hard and deserve recognition of their success."
A total of 27 club members were honored with a variety of Rising Stars Awards. Each of the 10 sites had two award winners. Additionally, the BGC Spirit Award was awarded to Cathy Kelsey; Athlete of the Year went to Mateo Raymundo; the Academic Award went to Ben Doyle, and the Sportsmanship Award went to Tucker Johnson.
Johanna Vargas Vazquez was recognized as Volunteer of the Year; Frank "Coach T" Tabarez was recognized as Coach of the Year and Employee of the Year was awarded to Graciela Avelar. A special award was presented to longtime Boys & Girls Clubs of North County employee Gabriel Gonzalez for his 30 years of service.
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. Boys & Girls Clubs of North County currently serves over 2,000 children every year in their 10 different school sites throughout Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton.
Summer Camp at the Club has started, including swimming lessons and a swim team. For more information, visit http://www.bgcnorthcounty.org or call 760-728-5871.
Submitted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.