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Memorabilia will help fund kids programs
Boys & Girls Club members Gustavo Espinoza, left, and Victor Espinoza display two of the items being auctioned off during next weeks telethon autographed jerseys signed by Oakland Raiders legend Jim Otto and San Francisco Giants great Willie Mays. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Telethon organizers are hoping items such as authenticated signed jerseys of football greats Ken Stabler and Jim Otto as well as San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays will help raise funds to provide a safe haven for 1,500 Manteca and Lathrop kids.

The three jerseys are part of 45 live auction items ranging from pairs of Southwest Airline tickets for travel round trip anywhere the airline flies to buying the naming rights of a street in Manteca’s next new neighborhood south of the 120 Bypass going to the highest bidder during the Boys & Girls Club’s 33rd annual telethon.

The telethon is on Comcast Channel 97 on Monday, Nov. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

There also are nearly 100 silent auction items plus club member art work that will be part of a silent auction.

You can view the telethon on Comcast Channel 97 and bid on auction items over the phone or see them in person at the club where you can also bid on live and silent auction items.

There also is entertainment that you can view both days either in person or via Comcast Channel 97.

The telethon-auction has been the biggest source of funding for the club since it opened its doors 34 years ago.

The format involves a small army of nearly 300 volunteers making phone calls to collect pledges for the club. There is also live and silent auctions plus live entertainment.

Volunteers are still needed to help man the phone banks. If you can help, call 239-KIDS.