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Mossdale School hosts benefit for custodian

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POSTED October 31, 2013 1:07 a.m.

LATHROP – It’s not exactly a battle of the bands. But that is what this fund-raising event will look like on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the multipurpose room of Mossdale Elementary School in Lathrop.

Nearly a dozen bands, including the school’s own student band, will be performing on stage from 2 to 8 p.m. that day, and it’s all for a philanthropic cause. All proceeds from this Festival of Music, as the event is being called, will be going to a trust fund to help the family of school head custodian Ronnie LeMay who was diagnosed with a very progressive type of brain cancer three years ago.

Lemay, who lives with his wife Laurinda and their four young children in Manteca, is currently on long-term medical leave on the advice of his doctors. Despite his illness, he went to work until September at Mossdale School.

LeMay, a 1987 graduate of Manteca High, continues to receive chemotherapy treatments at Kaiser Permanente in Stockton. Immediately after his diagnosis, doctors removed an egg-sized tumor on the left side of his brain. What followed after that was a series of treatments to keep the cancerous tumor at bay – first, radiation and then chemotherapy. He is on a second round of chemo which is given to him intravenously every other week. The tumor came back, which is what the current treatment is focusing on right now.

Mossdale School office manager Kathy Rodriguez said there are two types of tickets being sold for the day of the music festival. Tickets for the concert alone are $5 apiece. Donation for both the concert and dinner is $20 per person. There will be a silent auction as well.

The local groups that will be sharing their time, talent and treasures at the fund-raiser are the Mike Torres Band, Chris Creek Band, American League, Skout’s Honor, area Worship Bands, and Mossdale School’s own student band.

“All these bands are donating their time,” said school office manager Kathy Rodriguez. Her niece, Kat McDonnell of Manteca who owns On the Scene Cuisine, will be catering the dinner. Guests will have three menus to choose from: tri-tip, grilled chicken breast, or barbecued pork ribs which will be served along with roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate cake for dessert.

Stella Brockman Elementary School will be providing the drinks, Rodriguez said. They have stepped forward to make this contribution because LeMay “used to work at that school before Mossdale School opened” and also want to do something for him, she explained.

Tickets for the dinner will be sold up until 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, so they have an idea of the amount of food to prepare. Tickets for the concert will be available for purchase even at the door the day of the event. Advance tickets may be purchased at the school office, 455 Brookhurst Blvd., just a block away from Lathrop City Hall.

Mossdale School office staff and teachers came up with the idea for a fund-raiser to help LeMay “because he’s so well liked and they wanted to do something and help him out,” Rodriguez said.

The Festival of Music is actually the second fund-raising event sponsored by the school for LeMay. The first one was a “school-wide” birthday party in his honor on Oct. 23.

“It was a nice day. All the kids performed. He (LeMay) came for the two performances,” Rodriguez said.

Tickets to the concert and dinner may be purchased at Mossdale School during regular business hours at 455 Brookhurst Boulevard. For other details about the fund-raiser, call the school office at (209) 938-6285.

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