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Video from the Boys & Girls Club 34th annual telethon.


POSTED November 27, 2013 12:44 a.m.

It takes $500,000 a year to keep the doors of the Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club open to provide a safe haven for 1,500 youth.

And to make that happen a small army of 300 volunteers for the past 34 years have worked at the club’s annual telethon that serves as the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year’s telethon that concluded Tuesday night raised $93,150.

Teens from Youth Focus and members of the Del Webb Community, along with employees from Wells Fargo Bank, were the first to man the phone bank for the second night of the telethon.

Before the night officially kicked off at 5 p.m., there were several members of the Manteca Youth Focus contingent along with a Sierra High School Leadership group already calling potential donors from the front row bank of phone.

They included Carolina Gutierrez, Alison Nusbaumer, and Cynthia Frausta who also was part of the leadership from Sierra High as were Jenna Mahoney, Noah Moral and Joey Rodriguez.

The students were followed by more than a dozen residents of the Del Webb at Woodbridge community on Union Road where a group of 15 men brought along one woman, Carol Edgron, representing the Women of Woodbridge who have pledged themselves to the support of women and children.  They have already shown their support with $1,500 to high school scholarships and $1,000 to the Manteca Unified School District Culinary Academy.

They were the first to go through the basic orientation for phone bank teams led by Pat Rabelo and Kirk Waters in a side meeting room.  Waters was quick to tell them of his experiences with the Boys Club in the Bay Area.  He said he went every day after school he ran home, changed clothes and went back to the club where he did his homework.

“If you come here during the day,” Waters told the group, “you will see this place rocking with kids.”

Del Webb resident Jack Dauler said he had been a member of the Boys Club in Palo Alto as a youth on Ross Road. 

“It’s where I learned a little basketball and found leadership qualities,” he quipped.  “It was a great experience and my son Troy became a youth director years later before he joined the Air Force in McLean, VA.”

Ed Shoup was also on the phones telling of his experiences with Scouting as to why he supports youth efforts. 

“I started as a cub scout and went all the way up through Scouting and my dad was the scoutmaster for our troop in Stockton,” he said.

Jay Holmes and Steve Schluer were serving as floor managers for the televised event with Rex Osborn and Alan Sanchez sharing master of ceremonies duties.  Sanchez is a former television reporter for Good Morning Sacramento. Also handling host duties were Phil Waterford, Matthew Vaughn and Dave Cox.

The Boys & Girls Club has been a positive place for kids ages 6 to 18 in the Manteca and Lathrop communities since being launched in 1982.  It mission promises to inspire and enable all area youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

In the past two years the club has seen a nearly 30 per cent increase in membership with some 18,000 visits from its 1,300 members.  The Harris Survey has stated that nearly 60 percent of former club members nationally claim that their association with the facility has actually avoided them from making decisions that would have essentially thrown their lives away.

The support of the telethon allows the club to offer nationally developed programs in five core areas for the youth of today.  Those include sports, fitness and recreation; health and life skills including the Smart Moves Program; education and career development; character and leadership development and the Arts.

Those manning the phones made it clear when asked what the money is used for from the donations, that they can make monthly, quarterly or annual payments and that they can donate to specific programs that are close to their heart. 

Most importantly they were urged to make clear that while the annual fee is $24 – those experiencing hardships will be offered scholarships to cover the cost.  No child is left out of the club membership due to cost.

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