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Dinner tickets on sale for St. Anthonys foundation
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The annual St. Anthony School Education Foundation Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, May 5, at the Chez Shari restaurant in the Manteca Golf Course. Honored this year are Gilbert and Emelie Diaz who have been involved as parish and school volunteers in various capacities for many years.

Tickets to the 17th annual event are $50 each and can be purchased in advance by calling Lenna Lewis at (209) 239-2944 or (209) 613-3085.

The event is a fund-raiser for St. Anthony of Padua School with proceeds used only for the school. In the past, foundation donations have been used to purchase computers for the school computer lab and to fund docent art projects.

The dinner menu, to be served buffet-style, will consist of rosemary chicken, pork loin with mushrooms and rosemary, mashed potatoes and gravy or rigatoni, with a bottle of wine for each table. Soft drinks also will be available, and the bar will be open for those who want to purchase additional wine for their meal.

The social hour with hors d’oeuvres will be from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner and the program.

Each year, the dinner honors an outstanding person, couple or family in the community who have gone above and beyond their normal duties or service for the parish and/or the school. The Diazes follow a long line of honorees whose names sound like a Who’s Who in Manteca: the late Manteca developer and philanthropist Antone Raymus, Pumpkin King George Perry of George Perry & Sons, longtime St. Anthony School and parish benefactor and supporter Alice Macedo, the late Bert Van Ryn and family, the DeGroot brothers who were honored at different times (Nick, Jerry, Al and Leo), among many others. Last year’s honoree was Sister Ann Venita Britto whose contributions include the free senior luncheon held at different times of the year.