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Helping kids right up her alley

Marie Raymus turns over Manteca Bowl for GECAC benefit

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Helping kids right up her alley

Give Every Child a Chance tutoring program supporter Marie Raymus, left, with executive director Carol Davis.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED February 12, 2009 5:02 a.m.
Manteca developer Marie Raymus is once again making it possible for the Give Every Child a Chance bowl-a-thon to take place on all 48-lanes at Manteca Bowl and Family Fun Center.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will run as late as 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. There will be five players per team with minimum pledges totaling $500.

GECAC executive director Carol Davis noted that it is the 10th year for the Raymus Development Company to support the fund-raising effort.  They are the owners of the bowling facility on Yosemite Avenue and make it available to garner funds for education.

“She gives us the use of the facilities, the balls and the shoes with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the kids,” Davis said.  There is no charge for the staff members who have to work and who have to be paid their salaries through the duration of the event,  she added.   One soft drink per person is also provided gratis.

“We can call her up in a second and she is right there to get whatever we need,” Davis explained.   The Give Every Child a Chance organization was the dream of her late husband, developer Antone Raymus.

The director noted that if there were more bowlers turning out in any given year the bowling alley would be provided to them for a second day at no charge as well.

“This year is proving to be our most exciting year,” said Davis.  The school that collects the most pledges – a minimum  of $1,000 – will receive a complete computer package or a $500 shopping spree.

She pointed out that lanes are filling up fast and the excitement of businesses challenging other businesses is mushrooming with enthusiasm throughout the communities.

“The children at the elementary schools are excited about the possibility of winning a Wii, and they have been working hard to collect their pledges,” she said.

Davis also lauded Marie Raymus for her support of the annual Bob Camden Essay Contest with costs reaching $5,000 – monies that go out in scholarships to the young writers at all levels including high school.

This year’s major sponsors , in addition to Marie Raymus,  include, Manteca Bowl and Fun Center, Raymus Homes, Albert and Rina Brocchini Family Foundation, Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis, Tennant Health Care Foundation ( Doctors Hospital Manteca ) and the Golden Valley Federal Credit Union.

For more information on the bowl-a-thon call GECAC at 823-6255.
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