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EUHS Band Boosters need volunteers for fireworks booth
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The East Union Band Boosters urgently needs volunteers to help at their Safe and Sane fireworks fund-raising booth.

The band boosters group is one of 15 non-profit organizations that will be selling Safe and Sane Fireworks for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. They were among the lucky ones selected in a lottery process conducted by the city. Among the 15 is a city booth which, this year, is operated by the Manteca Police Association.

By law, the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks has to be conducted within the seven inclusive dates specified, with the last day being the Fourth of July. Booths will open and start selling on Thursday, June 28.

All proceeds from the sale of fireworks at the band booster’s booth will help make possible the many big plans the Lancers’ boosters and band director Terry Silveira have for the school year 2012-2013. They include the purchase of a new equipment trailer and percussion instruments, providing reduced fee lessons for students, plus supplemental instructors for sectionals.

To realize all those plans, the band boosters will need the help of many helping hands to man their fireworks booth located at the parking lot of Raley’s shopping center on the corner of Union Road and Lathrop Road.

In addition to the prospect of raising thousands of dollars for the school’s band and color guard, volunteers will also earn “$5 per hour credit to their designated student account for band and color guard-related activities,” according to an e-mail from the band boosters.

There are a number of slots that volunteers can choose from for each of the seven days of the fund-raising. Volunteers needed for each time frame range from one person up to four people at the same time.

Below are the dates and times where volunteers will be needed:

• Day 1, one shift – Thursday, June 28; 6-10 p.m., one person needed.

• Day 2, three shifts  – Friday, June 29; 8 noon shift, 1 person needed; 4 to 7 p.m. shift, two people needed; 7 to 10 p.m., 1 person needed.

• Day 3, three shifts – Saturday, June 30; noon to 4 p.m., three people needed; 4 to 7 p.m., four volunteers needed; 7 to 10 p.m, two people needed.

• Day 4, four shifts – Sunday, July 1; 8 am. until noon, will need two people; noon to 4 p.m., two people needed; 4 to 7 p.m., three people needed; 7 to 10 p.m., one person needed

• Day 5, three shifts – Monday, July 2; noon to 4 p.m., two people needed; 4 to 7 p.m., three people needed; 7 to 10 p.m., two people needed.

• Day 6, four shifts – 8 a.m. to noon, three people needed; noon to 4 p.m., one person needed; 4 to 8 p.m., three people needed; 7/8 p.m. to 10 p.m., three people needed.

• Day 7, four shifts – Wednesday, July 4 (Independence Day); 8 am. until noon, three people needed; noon until 4 p.m., three people needed; 4 to 8 p.m., four people needed; and 7/8 p.m. until everything is sold out or 10 p.m., four people needed.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age. Anyone who can help at any of the above shifts and dates is asked to contact Wayne Butman at (209) 679-2749 or send an e-mail to as soon as possible.

Manteca Fire Marshal Lantz Raye said 14 non-profit organizations and churches were picked from the lottery that was conducted to select those who will be taking part in this year’s Safe and Sane fireworks sale fund-raiser. Those selected were from a pool of organizations that submitted applications to the city. The 15th booth, which is reserved for the city, went this year to the Manteca Police Officers Association.

The 14 organizations whose names were picked from the lottery are the following: Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, American Legion Post #249, Boys and Girls Club, Calvary Community Church, Christian Worship Center, East Union High School Athletic Boosters, East Union High School Band Boosters, Manteca CAPS, Manteca Chamber of Commerce, Manteca Moose Lodge #1815, Northgate Little League, Place of Refuge church, SonDance Christian Dance School, and Tidewater Southern Railway Historical Society.