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Federated Women seek donations for estate sale
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If you love garage sales, the Manteca Federated Women’s Club has the ultimate sale for you.

They are calling this one a multi-estate sale. The money they raise will all go to scholarship awards for high school seniors, youth leadership training, and to an array of community civic projects.

The fund-raiser will be held Sunday, April 15, at the Manteca Senior Center from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  That’s the same weekend when Manteca’s most popular and biggest spring event, the Crossroads Street Faire downtown – will be held. But club president Marlene Figone said that was all a coincidence, and she hopes the two weekend events will complement each other.

Teresa Sutton of the Federated Women said their goal is to raise $3,500 from this effort.

“We have given as many as 11 scholarships (each year). We’re really trying to raise the money so we can help kids with their schooling,” Figone said.

In addition to the senior scholarships, the club also awards two “scholarships” to two sophomore high school students in the area every year to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth leadership conference (HOBY) at Asilomar.

“We’ve been doing that for more than 10 years, and it has made a difference for lots of kids going back to schools and participating as leaders,” added Figone.

This scholarship allows the two selected students to spend a weekend at Asilomar in the Monterey-Pacific Grove area.

While the club is hoping to generate $3,850 from the estate sale, the members are hoping the community will be more than generous to help them exceed that goal. They are also making sure they will achieve that by rounding up a host of “quality merchandise” to offer at the sale.

Among the donated items that they have gathered so far for the sale: a 1950s mahogany kneehole desk with carved braided-rope edges, old dairy milk cans, a work bench, a host of antiques, tools, dishes, electronics and garments that will include leather jackets.

“But we’re in need of a lot more to sell to meet our goal,” Sutton said.

“We can pick up (donated) local items, and if they are large items we ask that they be dropped off the day before the sale” at the Manteca Senior Center, she added.

The Manteca Senior Center is located at 295 Cherry Lane just behind the Police Department offices at the Civic Center, 1001 West Center Street.

All donations will be accepted from now until April 14.

This is the first time the Federated Women is holding a multi-estate sale to raise money for their various projects. In previous years, they had luncheons and afternoon teas.

“But this year, we decided to do the estate sale. We were looking for other avenues of revenue,” explained Figone who donated the solid mahogany desk for the fund-raiser.

“My grandmother gave it to me. I’ve used it over the years for my computer desk. I decided to let it go because I decided to have a smaller desk. It’s a nice desk and I’ve taken good care of it. It has four drawers on each side,” she said.

Don’t worry about getting hungry or thirsty while rummaging through the many items during the estate sale because they will have an Estate Café on site where they will be selling coffee, muffins, brownies and other snack items, Figone said.

For further details about the estate sale or if you have items you want to donate to the cause, call Teresa Sutton at (209) 244-3501 or Marlene Figone at (209) 612-3856.