On Jan. 22, more than 150 people came together at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco to honor the accomplishments of several remarkable children and youth from Pacifica and South San Francisco.
Ten members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County were awarded the title of "Clubhouse Youth of the Year,” while Clarissa Fong, a senior at South San Francisco High School, won the overall “Youth of the Year.” Fong will have the opportunity to advance toward the state, regional and national Youth of the Year titles.
Many local and state elected officials were on hand to issue certificates of achievement to each awardee. Torani was awarded the “Business Partner of the Year” award, too. During the reception, entertainment included the sounds of the El Camino High School Jazz Combo, as well as Ava Crotti, of Ortega Elementary School in Pacifica, performing “Over the Rainbow.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County serves over 2,500 children and youth each year at five sites in Pacifica and South San Francisco.
"Our community came together in a remarkable way to celebrate youth, which is an important part of our mission work – bringing kids, youth, and community together," said Sharon Dolan, Executive Director. "Our sponsors and donors made it possible for us to keep this event free; guests enjoyed food and beverages from many local businesses, all of which was donated."