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Boys & Girls Club Youth of Year dinner March 26
Among the Boys & Girls Club nominees for Youth of the Year are, back row from left, Miguel Cramez and Alan Alameda. Front row; Serena Chew, Riley Artery, Lindsey Boutee, and Margie Acosta. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Past Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year honorees have run the gamut from teens that turned their lives around to kids who have devoted an extraordinary amount of time helping with community service endeavors.

This year’s youth of the year dinner takes place Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at Chez Shari’s on the second floor of the Manteca Golf Course clubhouse.

The cost is $13.50 for dinner. The deadline to make reservations by calling 239-KIDS is Thursday, March 19.

The dinner recognizes various members of the month as well as other outstanding club members.

One past recipient had been given  a choice by a juvenile court judge to do community service at the club and get involved with club activities or get sent to the California Youth Authority with the warning if he chose the former and slipped up he would still be incarcerated.

The youth was considered on the borderline between joining a gang and staying out.

He ended up being a productive member, was honored as Youth of the Year and eventually secured a degree at Delta College, married, started a family and became a manager for a supermarket chain in the Bay Area.

The club has about 1,500 members.

Club membership is $12 a year and covers all club activities.