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Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock members Mike Staak, Wayman Strickland, Audrey Lopes-Dermond and Rufus Keaton present a giant check to Children's Crisis Center director Colleen Garcia (center) on Thursday. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

The Children's Crisis Center will be able to continue to serve at-risk kids in the Turlock area thanks in part to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock. On Thursday, Kiwanians presented a check for $2,000 to Children's Crisis Center Executive Director Colleen Garcia.

The crisis center is just one of the many organizations that the Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock supports. The club provides college scholarships, donates to high school sober grad nights, gives to the Turlock Salvation Army and does an annual Christmas shopping spree for local elementary students in need. The club gives a total of $60,000 each year to help the community. That money is raised mostly through three club fundraisers: a beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair, the sale of fireworks in July and the Maytini Party.

Maytini, a martini and beer tasting event with dancing, casino games, raffle, and silent auction, will be held on May 18 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased by calling Ron Macedo at 649-6885 or Audrey Lopes-Dermond at 609-4813.