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Generosity poured from all who donated Saturday, Nov. 21 at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club during the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area’s annual gala.

The weekend marked the 33rd year of the event, themed “A Night of Stars.”

Representatives of the Boys & Girls Club said the event netted more than $160,000, which is critical to funding the operations of the organization.

Allen Reese, chief professional of the Boys & Girls Club in San Clemente, emceed the event and presented a small video about the accomplishments of the students who attend the club every weekday.

Brianna Fernandez, junior youth of the year, and Lucia Vega, youth of the year, were in attendance during the gala. Vega has already been accepted to Northern Arizona University.

The next Youth of the Year will be announced in January.

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