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Crab feed Jan.17 helps provide safe haven for 1,700 youth

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Crab feed Jan.17 helps provide safe haven for 1,700 youth

Boys & Girls Club board member Dante Alvarez gets ready to take a bite out of a crab in preparation for the youth organization's upcoming crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 17. For tickets, call the club...

DENNIS WYATT/The Bulletin/


POSTED December 21, 2008 11:07 p.m.
Manteca’s crab feed season — two and a half months of good food, good friends, and good fun — gets underway in January.
There are 10 crab feeds each year that support a wide variety of non-profit operations from school programs to community endeavors.
Among them is the Boys & Girls Club crab feed that is now in its 28th year.
The crab feed takes place Saturday, Jan. 17, at the MRPS Hall on Grant Street, starting with no-host cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. followed immediately by dinner. Dancing will be from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $40 each.
The fundraiser — which comes on the heels of the telethon — is the second largest local source of income for the club. The telethon raised $109,000, some $41,000 short of the goal.
Even though the slowing economy has put a damper on some things, crab feed organizer Roz Leon is hoping people mark Jan. 17 down as a date to take a break and have fun while supporting 1,700 youth in Manteca and Lathrop. Leon noted that you can help keep the club going while having fun and enjoying good company and good crab.
This year, they are also serving marinated crab along with the usual plain crab fare, pasta prepared by DeVega Brothers, salad, bread and wine.
They have added live music this year featuring the 2008 Manteca Idol winner and the band that are donating their services for free.
There is also a drawing and an auction.
Her committee hopes to raise upwards of $16,000 in ticket sales.
Leon encourages people to buy tickets to the crab feed and give them as Christmas gifts.
Tickets may be purchased at the Manteca Boys and Girls Club. They will also be available at a later date at German Glas Werks on East Yosemite Avenue.
Or to reserve a ticket, call ticket chairpersons Connie Meintasis (823-5828) or Arlene Seavor at (823-5356.)
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