CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: Over 400 youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Tuesday night. The dinner was donated and prepared by members of the Exchange Club of Lawrence and served by volunteers. The Exchange Club also donated a check for $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Club before the start of dinner.

In addition, Executive Director Markus Fischer presented the club’s 2020 Youth of the Year award to Joel Javier of Lawrence. He is a senior at the Greater Lawrence Technical high school majoring in Information Technology.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of America's premier recognition program for club members 14-18 years old who compete at the local, state, regional and national levels for college scholarships. The National Youth of the Year is installed by the President of the United States.