Members and supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County held their 25th annual Dinner and Live Auction on Friday evening.
The fundraising event draws in money to help support the litany of programming provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County, and invited residents to sit down with club leaders for dinner, event speakers, special presentations, and both silent and live auctions.
Hosts for the nights event included Officer Eric C. Zuniga and Officer Jason E. Tipler who kept the crowd entertained with lively conversation as silent auction items ranging from trips to Lake Tahoe and Cabo San Lucas to Deep Pit Bar-B-Que catering provided by Josh Pedrozo and John Pedrozo.
Guests also worked up an appetite as Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke and his team of cooks and servers readied themselves to provide a feast fit for a wonderful community.
Once served, residents made their way to their tables to learn about the positive impact that youth programming can have in a community from keynote speaker Merced County District Attorney Kimberly Helms Lewis. During her speech, Lewis spoke about the important role that afterschool programming and youth-oriented activities play in helping keep crime rates low. By providing these type of programs, Lewis explained, numerous counties have seen a reduction in youth crime rates.
Currently the Boys and Girls Club is accepting registration for their Summer Camp. Taking place from June 10 until Aug. 2, the summer camp programming introduces a new theme each week, specialty camps such as art and cooking, sports camps, and field trips to UC Merced or Rock-N-Jump.
Those who are interested in exploring the activities and programming offered by the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County can do so online at BGCMerced.org or by stopping by their location at 615 West 15th Street.