• WHAT: Boys & Girls Club Telethon
• WHEN: Monday, Nov. 24, 5 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5 to 10:30 p.m.
• WHERE: Clubhouse 545 W. Alameda St.
• LIVE COVERAGE: Comcast Channel 976
• TO VOLUNTEER OR DONATE: 239.KIDS
An art auction with original creations by budding artists is part of this year’s Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club Telethon set for Monday, Nov. 24, and Tuesday, Nov. 25, on Comcast Cable 97.
Unlike other auction items were 100 percent of the winning bids go to fund year-round activities to provide a safe haven for more than 1,500 youth, the top bid for each piece of art will be split 50-50 between the club and the young artist.
Last year, five pieces were auctioned off. The youths who received money used it to pay for school clothes and — in one case — assisting paying for their family’s grocery bill.
The art is now on display in the Bank of Stockton lobby on North Main Street as well as in vacant storefront windows at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley at Union Road and the 120 Bypass.
The art will be part of the telethon items on Nov. 24-25 and can be previewed in person at the clubhouse during that time.
People are also invited to drop by the club during the telethon and inspect live, silent, and sports memorabilia auction items in person as well as enjoy the live entertainment.
The bulk of the money raised during the telethon comes from pledges and donations.
Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters — a former Boys & Girls Club member — is coordinating phone volunteers.
The phone bank volunteers make calls on behalf of the club soliciting donations as well as often collecting money in advance.
Many return each year to help as they enjoy the bustle and energy of the live telethon.
Between phone banks, entertainment and behind-the-scenes efforts it takes more than 300 volunteers to stage the telethon that has been a Thanksgiving week tradition in Manteca for 35 years.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating or have questions call the club at 239.KIDS.