Last year’s Califor-nia Small Business of the Year, Phil Water-ford’s Manteca Ford was responsible for $10,004 of the $90,340 raised by the two-day 35th Annual Boys & Girls Telethon community event in 2014. Local business man Phil Waterford has ties to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Waterford has donated generously to the orga-nization in recent years. He put his money where his mouth was when he talked about the benefits that he sees in programs that provide positive role models in the lives of children. Phil Waterford knows the Boys & Girls Club can make a difference in the life of a youth. “I recog-nize that the Boys & Girls Club is an alternative to gangs, drugs, and guns,” the owner of Manteca Ford said. “The reality is that every child follows a path. For many the path will lead them to a door — a door that gives them a place to grow. That is what I witness every time I step into a Boys & Girls Club.” The telethon is a key to the club’s abil-ity to serve 1,500 youth each year in the Central Valley.Manteca Ford hopes to supplement the Tele-thon with a Payment Exchange/Community Charity Sales Event in which a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Manteca/Lath-rop Boys & Girls Club. Many area residents have higher monthly pay-ments compared to the market average on similar vehicles. Manteca Ford would like to give the opportunity to upgrade to a newer vehicle with possible lower monthly payments. With the help of financing from many of the dealership’s lend-ers, interest rates can be as low as 0% and rebates up to $5500. The Sales event will run from the 31st of July to the 10th of August.