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An afternoon with Frank Guinta is set

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POSTED February 8, 2014 1:32 a.m.

Everybody loves Uncle Frank — as in Frank Guinta.

Through the years, the longtime Manteca businessman who is now retired was “uncle” – and still is – to hundreds of young athletes whose lives were touched by his generous spirit. It was that unfailing and unstinting generosity which propelled many a young one’s success later in life.

Today, it’s payback time for those who were the recipients of Uncle Frank’s big heart. On Saturday, Feb. 23, at Guinta’s own Chez Shari restaurant at the Manteca Golf Course now managed by his son John, his many nephews and nieces and their friends will enjoy “An Afternoon with Frank Guinta.”

“It will be a little bit ‘meet and greet’,” said Karen Ott who conceived this informal and casual get-together along with Pete Herzog and Scott Morris who also have known Uncle Frank for years.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served for a donation of $10 per person. Drinks will be available for purchase at the restaurant’s bar. Proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in Frank Guinta’s name.

Uncle Frank is expected to attend. In fact, said Ott, when they informed him about the gathering, “he just got emotional.”

There will be an informal program as well, and everyone will be invited to speak and “tell stories, make Frank laugh,” Ott said.

“We just thought it was a good idea to get together because he had such an effect on so many people,” she added, expounding on the reason behind this maiden launch of what is expected to be an annual event.

“We are just hoping to provide a means to keep him fighting this disease,” said Ott.

Guinta has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer which he is battling with a lot of courage and grace under pressure.

“Right now, he is doing pretty good,” Ott said. He is back home after a brief stay in the hospital two weeks ago, and is looking forward to being at the party in his honor, she said.

Tickets to the Afternoon With Frank Guinta may be purchased at Chez Shari, or from Ott. For any questions about the event, or to find out how to make a donation to the scholarship, call Karen Ott at 482-5880 or send an e-mail to kstevesott@gmail.com.

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