NORTH EAST — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties held their annual Cecil County Youth Celebration Dinner on May 22 at the North East Fire Company’s Upper Chesapeake Ballroom. A record number of guest were in attendance to honor Cecil County’s youth.

Young people across Cecil County are having their lives changed through the positive interactions with staff and volunteers, through tackling challenges to complete projects, and by having extraordinary experiences through the opportunity Boy & Girls Clubs provide. The Youth Celebration Dinner celebrates the hard work and dedication of these youth and their journey towards bright and positive futures.

This year’s outstanding youth recognized was Jhadiel Lopez-Camacho, the North East Club’s Youth of the Year candidate and six-year club member. Lopez-Camacho, an eighth-grader at North East Middle School, gave a heartfelt speech attributing her positive transition into the community to her experience at the Club.

“When I first moved here I did not know much English, but by attending the Boys & Girls Club staff helped me with homework, I practiced my communication skills, and I was able to make new friends,” she said.

As a shown leader, Lopez-Camacho is dedicated to not only reaching her goals but also supporting those around her to reach their goals. She hopes to one day be a biologist or zoologist.

“The Youth Celebration Dinner is one of Cecil County’s shining events of 2019,” said Derek DeWitt, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties. “With such an abundance of talented youth attending our clubs, it is a pleasure to highlight even a small sample of the club members we serve.”

This year’s Youth Celebration Dinner was emceed by longtime supporter Cecil County Department of Emergency Services Director Richard Brooks. Event sponsors included AUI Power, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Banks Auto Recyclers and Towing, Purnell Body Shop, York Building Products, Cecil County Public Library, Union Hospital Noth East United Methodist Church, North East Rotary, Delmarva Power, APGFCU, Hollywood Casino, and Beacon Staffing.

For more than 29 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties has operated by its mission to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Known for serving more kids more often, the clubs make a difference in the community by providing services in five core areas: Character & Leadership; Health & Life Skills; Education & Career Development; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. For only $20 a school year, youth can attend the clubs every day after school.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties programs and to make a donation to help the clubs serve more youth, more often, visit or call 410-272-0010.

Upcoming event opportunities include the Catch A Pig 5K, Kiss A Pig Fundraiser, Cecil County Golf Tournament, and Aberdeen Rotary Golf Tournament.

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