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On Friday, May 27, 2016, the Legendz Keystone Club of the Lakewood branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound​ held its "Dining for the Future" fundraiser.

It was an amazing night. Not only were those who purchased a seat or table treated to mouth-watering food courtesy of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center​, but they got to learn and be inspired by some very special youth.

The night featured countless memborable moments, but two of those highlights had special meaning for the City.

First, the club honored Lawrence Yamut, a 17-year-old Clover Park High School​ student, for his immeasurable dedication to the club, as well as being an example of the positive impact that the Boys & Girls Club can have on teens. In fact, Lawrence has been such a shining example that organizers announced the creation of an outstanding member award in his name: The Y.A.M.U.T. (Young, Admirable, Motivated, Unique Teen) Award that will be given out annually. Congratuations! Here's something that's just as exciting: Lawrence will speak at the City of Lakewood's 20th Anniversary Summer Celebration , this Saturday, June 4, at Lakewood City Hall.

The other highlight of the night came when the club did a moving tribute in memory of Larry Saunders, the Lakewood Police Department’s first Chief and staunch supporter of the club. Elvin Bucu, former branch director and now the Director of Programs & Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound​, offered a tearful tribute.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved with the event. We at the City are honored and proud to have such tremendous youth in our community.

To see more pictures from the evening, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .