The SoCal Group Volunteers at The Boys and Girls Club Silent Auction

Top Quote The SoCal Group teamed up with several volunteers at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey to help raise funds to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Venice. End Quote
  • Orange County, CA (1888PressRelease) November 04, 2010 - The Boys & Girls Club of Venice held their 5th Annual Champion of Youth Gala on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey. The Gala included both a silent and live auction. The auction featured over 150 prizes such as jewelry, wine, clothing, and Caribbean beach vacations. Other popular items included boxing gloves autographed by World Champion Boxer Manny Pacquiao and autographed memorabilia signed by NBA Champion Kobe Bryant. All proceeds from the auction went toward the club's academic enrichment, arts, extracurricular and leadership development programs.

    The Boys & Girls Club ( is designed to be a place where the youth of the community can feel safe and have the opportunity to develop successful habits in regards to leadership and social roles. The club maintains a low fee of $20 a year so that all youth of the community have the ability to participate. The mission of The Boys and Girls Club is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

    "Giving back to the community's youth was an extremely rewarding experience," said April Weber, a participant and employee of The SoCal Group. "I'm glad to know that because of our efforts, these kids will have more tools to help them achieve their long term goals and the opportunity to impact the community."

    By the end of the night, over $250,000 was raised. Over 50 volunteers participated at the Gala, including a team of ten from The SoCal Group, Inc. (Photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook (

    "I was excited to be a part of this wonderful cause again this year. It's awesome to see how much money was raised in such a short period of time. We're already looking forward to next year's gala," said Eric Lee of The SoCal Group. (

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