(Los Alamitos, CA) – On August 1, 2020, The Youth Center held a raffle drawing via Zoom and Facebook Live for $5,000 in gift cards of the winner’s choice! Funds raised from the raffle will help to cover the cost of programs and scholarships benefiting families in the community.

Hosting the drawing was Lina Lumme, Executive Director of the Los Alamitos Youth Center, with Captain Wayne Byerley of Los Alamitos Police Department, who had the honor of drawing the winning ticket. Captain Byerley presented Lumme with a Los Alamitos Challenge Coin and thanked her for the important work she does, supporting local children and their families. He also spoke of the importance of the community’s support of The Youth Center during this particularly difficult time.

The winner of the drawing was Paul Padova, a Los Alamitos resident and essential working in the medical field. His two daughters attended The Youth Center’s Teen Camp this year.

An anonymous donor provided the $5,000 to The Youth Center to help raise funds needed to provide programs and services benefiting many community families in need. As of August 4th, the raffle has raised $42,500, from 201 participants, with donations still pouring in. “We are hopeful we will reach our goal of $50,000,” said Lumme. “I cannot express my gratitude for the generous support of the community in helping us raise these much-needed funds,” she concluded.

The Youth Center offers after school programs, music lessons, summer camps for teens and littles, daycare on no-school-days and kid’s night out, scholarships and more to kids from 5 to 18 years of age.

So far, the year 2020 has proven to be a challenging one due to Covid-19 closures and The Youth Center has had to cancel all in-person classes and their annual golf tournament fundraiser, as well as scaling back Camp S.H.A.R.K., their biggest program (a fun-filled, electronics-free summer camp) losing in excess of $100,000 in just two short months. In addition, during the pandemic, The Youth Center has dramatically increased their financial support of essential workers and families who lost their jobs. The Youth Center provides scholarships for daycare, classes and camps for kids in the community.