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Dior provides unique live auction item
Dior student Shelby Carter, center left, works on techniques during class at the Manteca campus. - photo by HIME ROMERO
It can cost $12,995 to obtain a cosmetology degree.

Someone could easily get that education for significantly less and help struggling kids at the same time thanks to Dior Schools.

It is part of Saturday’s 10th annual Night of Kings and Queens Casino Night taking place from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. as a benefit for Give Every Child a Chance.

Dior is offering a full-ride scholarship valued at $12,995 that covers 1,600 hours of instruction. It includes tuition, books and a starter kit.  Accommodations are available for full time and part time students. The enrollment fee of $150 is not included.

“It is an amazing bid item,” said GECAC Chief Executive Officer Carol Davis. “Some parent could secure a career for their daughter or son for a lot less than what it would cost them to enroll normally and help kids with tutoring at the same time.”

Dior has schools in Turlock, Modesto and Manteca. The Manteca campus is at 977 W. Center St.

They also offer courses for esthetics (600 hours), nail tech (400 hours) and refresher program (150 hours).

New classes start each month. Day classes are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening classes are also available.

They also offer job placement assistance in addition to hands-on training.

For more information go to or call 824-8000.

Tickets are $35 for the casino night plus if you’d like to enter the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament it is $20 extra. Tickets are on sale at Give Every Child A Chance, 610 Commerce Court, 823-6222; Bank of Stockton, 660 N. Main St., 249-2200, or the MRPS Hall, 471-6777.

The evening of fun includes a raffle, dancing, entertainment, a Royal Court Buffet, silent suction, live auction, Black Jack tables, roulette, and craps. In addition there will be a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament (for an additional fee) with tournament plaques for first, second, and third place tournament winners, along with the coveted Texas Hold ‘Em, first place, winner’s jacket.  Major Sponsors include PG&E, Casino Real, SSJID, and Tuff Boy Sales and Leasing.

Give Every Child a Chance is a non-profit organization committed to helping children reach their full potential, while building their self esteem and confidence, by offering a variety of youth support services including one-on-one mentor tutoring and after school advantage programs. GECAC has served over 3,200 youth this year, with nearly 500 volunteers, and 45 locations throughout San Joaquin County.

Other live casino night auction items include:

•Manteca Trailer has donated a three-day and two-night use an RV.  The RV unit size will be determined by the winner’s needs and ability to handle a rig.
•Fireman’s Progressive Dinner: A unique dining experience for four. You will be escorted from firehouse to firehouse to enjoy a gourmet meal prepared and served by Manteca’s firefighters.

•Chez Shari’s: A private party for 20 of your best friends and family held in the Godfather Room at Chez Shari’s. The package includes: Hors d’ oeuvres, a wine bar featuring 5 bottles of Delicato wine, fountain beverages, coffee, an antipasto salad with   Fisherman’s Wharf style sourdough bread, sautéed garlic shrimp, and features USDA choice slow roasted prime rib with sautéed vegetables and your choice of two side dishes, and also includes dessert. Tip not included. The meal is being donated by Frank Guinta.

•Fran’s Creative Upholstery: A custom built 26-inch round ottoman and a giant animal print pillow.

•New York Diamonds: One opera length strand of pearls.