Boys and Girls Club

Children are involved in many positive activities at the Fontana Boys and Girls Club.

Did you know that the Fontana Boys and Girls Club serves more than 5,000 students a year through afterschool programming?

Think about that. Without their services, these 5,000 students would have nowhere to go.

That is why I invite you to invest in our children’s future by joining us on Sept. 14 for the Mayor’s Great Futures Gala fundraiser benefiting the Fontana Boys and Girls Club. One hundred percent of the funds raised at the Gala will stay in our community.

There is still time to donate and purchase tickets for the Gala. You can expect a lot of fun, dancing, and great networking at the Sierra Lakes Golf Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The view of the beautiful mountains never disappoints, and the silent auction is a highlight for those looking for great gifts.

The event is $50 per person. For tickets, call (909) 822-4988 or visit the website at bgcfntna.org.

“Thousands of youth benefit when we work together to keep safe places, caring mentors, and life-enhancing programs focused on academics, health, and leadership.” If this sounds familiar, you’re right -- it describes our local Fontana Boys and Girls Club. Help us ensure we make this year’s Mayor’s Great Futures Gala the best one yet by surpassing all our fundraising goals.

This year's Gala once again will identify a great champion who has provided much-needed resources to assist in building these great futures. This year, we will present the Eagle Award to Mike Rakemaker of MGR Real Estate for his great commitment to the Boys and Girls Club.

I always consider this event like a family reunion for Fontana family members to come together and enjoy the great program we put together in entertainment.

The monies raised go a long way to provide our children with a safe haven to thrive after school. Since last year’s Gala, the Fontana Boys and Girls Club experienced a 36 percent increase in youth served and a 45 percent increase in the teens who attend the Clubhouse.

Also, thanks to last year’s Gala, the Fontana Boys, and Girls Club:

• Increased job shadowing programs for teens

• Added peer mediation programming for teens

• Increased STEM programming at all of their Fontana sites.

----- I WANT TO recognize several individuals, businesses, and organizations that have already donated to this year’s fundraising effort: ABS Collision Center Inc., Best, Best and Krieger, Burrtec Waste Industries, DW Development, Fontana Exchange Club, Fontana Rotary Club, JM Eagle, James Previti Family Foundation, Lewis Operating Companies, Ontario Host Lions Club, Phil Cothran State Farm, Fontana Police Officers Association, Rotolo Chevrolet, San Bernardino County Fire Fighters Local 935, SoCal Gas, and Walmart.

It is these kinds of events that make our city a beacon and example how public, private, and community can come together to assist our youth. Purchase your tickets today at (909) 822-4988.

(Acquanetta Warren is the mayor of Fontana.)

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