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Four non-profits win lottery to sell Fourth of July fireworks in Lathrop
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LATHROP – Four non-profits will get the chance to set up fireworks stands in Lathrop in order to raise money for their respective organizations.

Lathrop Manteca Fire Chief Jerry Mandrake joined former Lathrop City Councilman Steve Dresser and a handful of representatives from the seven non-profit organizations that qualified for a lottery system Tuesday afternoon at City Hall – using his hat filled with seven slips of paper identifying each fireworks stand hopeful to draw the respective winners of the lottery.

It will be the first time that the City of Lathrop has allowed the sale of safe-and-sane fireworks, and the news that they would be coming to town excited people like Lathrop Steelers President Mike Lopez that turned to Stanislaus County last year in order to help raise money for his organization.

“It’s huge that we’re going to be able to have this right here in our hometown this year,” said Lopez – who noted that the money raised will go towards scholarships that will allow players who couldn’t otherwise afford the participation fees to be a part of the organization. “We made about $3,000 last year, and now that we’ll be right here in own backyard, hopefully we’ll be able to make even more.”
Joining the Lathrop Steelers with their fireworks booths will be the Lathrop Sunrise Rotary, the Lathrop Lions Club, and Lighthouse Christian Church.

According to Lathrop Lions President Carl Smith, the opportunity to raise money that will go directly back into the community is the greatest benefit that the newly approved measure allows.

“By doing this we’ll be able to earn money that will go back into the community in a multitude of ways to groups that we support, like the Youth Advisory Commission, Manteca Youth Focus, and even a Boys Scout troop that receives little or no funding from anywhere else,” Smith said. “We’re really looking forward to the opportunity, and am happy that the City Council approved this.”