Henry Winkler speaks at Bulloch County’s 13th annual Boys & Girls Club dinner

Henry Winkler speaks at Bulloch County’s 13th annual Boys & Girls Club dinner

BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - An author and iconic television actor visited Statesboro Thursday night to help shape young lives.

Henry Winkler, best known as “Fonzie” on the show “Happy Days," spoke at the annual Kids in the Community dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County. Winkler talked about battling dyslexia in his younger years, and the importance of nurturing and support to young people. He praised the community for supporting the Boys and Girls Club.

“This community of Statesboro is America. Everybody I saw tonight, everybody I met tonight, and I met almost the entire room - all 50 tables - was America,” Winkler said.

This marked the thirteenth year for the dinner that raises money and awareness for the Boys and Girls Club. The club serves an average of 300 students every weekday afternoon. Leaders say it is often one of the most positive influences some young people see.

“The effect we’re able to have on the children not only impacts them and their families directly, but everybody in our community indirectly," said Mike Jones, Executive Director.

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