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Born to be wild? Heres a chance to help kids
Carol Davis of Give Every Child a Chance tries out a customized motorcycle you can purchase chances to roll the dice to win at the Nights of Kings & Queens. Behind her are, from left, Backroads Custom Cycles owners Mary and Ken Crawford, GECAC’s Lisa Rowe, Best Buy’s Anthony Martinez, and Best Buy store manager Marcel Fehlmnann. - photo by DENNIS WYATT
You can end up being king of the road on a customized motorcycle at this year’s Night of Kings and Queens.

A customized motorcycle made to suit your personality from Backroads Custom Cycles Tracy could go to someone who pays extra to roll the dice during the ninth annual casino night fundraiser taking place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. An example of the firm’s handiwork is now on display at the Manteca Best Buy store.

Tickets to the casino night are $35 each. You can also buy into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament for $20. If you buy both in advance the cost is $50.
For more information about the Night of Kings and Queens or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Rowe at 823-6222 or Andrea Cambra at 823-5363.

The motorcycle is being made available by Backroads Custom Cycles owners Ken and Mary Crawford who are also Manteca residents. They are impressed with the free tutoring services offered through GECAC that help more than 2,000 struggling youth each year improve their grades.

GECAC is partnering with Manteca-Ripon Pentecost Society (MRPS) to strengthen children’s opportunities in South County communities. The partnership will help each organization raise funds to benefit the children they support in their programs - GECAC to support their after school programs, and MRPS to support their scholarship funds. The two organizations are teaming up to stage the casino night.

“My husband Bill and I are honored to be included in the event this year,” said MRPS Hall representative Andrea Cambra. “We have supported GECAC for many years and our daughters have gratefully benefited from the many programs GECAC provides. We attend this event every year and look forward to spending the evening again this year with many friends”

Give Every Child A Chance provides free after school one-on-one Mentor/Tutoring for at risk children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who are having difficulty passing proficiencies, who have a “D” or “F” (in an academic subject) on their report card, or are in special education (resource) classes.  GECAC matches community volunteers from the communities of Lathrop, Manteca, French Camp, Ripon, Escalon, Banta, and South Stockton, to serve as mentor/tutors at each of the 38 sites located throughout the four school districts. The mentor/tutor works directly with teachers in the district helping and encouraging children to become successful, independent, and life long learners.  

Tickets can also be purchased at MRPS Hall, Bank of Stockton, Best Buy, Give Every Child A Chance, Big Dan’s Neighborhood Diner (in Lathrop), and Backroads Custom Cycles in Tracy.