On Friday, February 28, Alivia Latimore was named Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County Youth of the Year. More than 400 guests gathered at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa to celebrate the positive impact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has on local youth by guiding them and helping them achieve their post-high school goals. It was an emotional night full of tears of joy and gratitude.
Alivia Latimore 2020 Youth of the Year
Alivia Latimore has been a member of Florence De George Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach for 6 years. Currently, she is a junior at Palm Beach Lakes High School. She has been involved in numerous programs such as National Honor Society, Keystone and Career Bound. With the provided 4-year university scholarship, plus room and board included, Latimore plans on attending the University of Central Florida and wants to be a clinical child psychologist.
“I will continue to work to have an impact on children’s lives and continue with the Boys & Girls Clubs until my dreams are met to inspire other children and making a difference at my Boys & Girls Club and potentially Palm Beach County as a whole,” said a tearful Latimore.
All Seven Finalists Receive Four-year Scholarships
Seven teens representing eligible Boys & Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County competed for the top honor. Thanks to the generosity of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, all nominees were awarded four-year Florida Prepaid College Scholarships with Latimore as the county overall winner receiving a University Scholarship plus room and board. All of them will attend the State Youth of the Year competition to watch Latimore represent Palm Beach County.
“There is no better event that demonstrates what the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County means to so many of our youth. Our Clubs are much more than an after school program, it’s a pathway to success and a proven way to break the cycle of poverty in Palm Beach County,” said Jaene Miranda, CEO & President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. She continued, “These seven amazing Club members are the perfect example as to how our STEM programs, homework assistance with certified teachers and career and college readiness programs are changing the lives of more than 9,400 children every year.”
Click Each Picture to Watch a Video about Each Youth of the Year Finalist
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Youth of the Year Dinner chairmen were Olympia Bishop and Wilder Regalbuto. Honorary Chairmen were Danielle H. Moore and Lesly S. Smith. Alex Price, National Director of Community Relations for Office Depot, served as emcee. Committee members were Lisa Russo, Katherine Kress, Laura Wissa, Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell, Elizabeth DeBrule, Timothy Bryant, David De Gasperis, Dr. Jeff Fenster, Sandy Lembo, Ellen Ptashek and Michele Wonyetye.
Great Futures Champion Sponsor
The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation
Olympia & Brooks Bishop
Wilder & Jason Regalbuto
JCPenney Communities FoundationSerena & Lily
William Wrigley Jr.
Sandra & David Mack Foundation
The Halperin, Liemban & Passeroff Families
Youth of the Year Table Sponsors
The DeGasperis Family
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Virtual School
Inlet Private Wealth
JFO Group, Inc.
The Kress Family
The William H. Pitt Foundation
Raul Ocampo & Associates
Simone & Kerry Vickar Family Foundation
BMO Wealth Management
Debbie & Robert Dunkin
Marx Family Foundation
Palm Beach State College
Nievera Williams Design–Nicole & Keith Williams
Audiovisual – Christine and Bob Stiller
Candidates Clothing – ASD Surfaces
Program Books – Carla Cove