The Boys and Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop held a telethon last week. It’s the 26th year they’ve held one. The telethon was held localled and aired on a local cabel channel. It’s their largest fundraiser of the year and included a silent auction as well as the telethon.
This year the telethon brought in a whopping $191,054!!! Considering that they “only” collected $50,000 last year, that’s quite an increase. The money is desperately needed as the organization has a $500,000 operating budget.
The Boys and Girls Club is important to the community. They operate three centers and are hoping to add a fourth some day. Currently, there are 2,200 members. Their ages ranging from 7 to 17. The organization runs after-school programs. They also have educational and fitness programs.
Boys and Girls Clubs can be found throughout the country. The services they provide help keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. It’s an important role as state money for such programs dwindles in a climate of ever tightening budgets.