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Gala focuses on tourism
Delicato being honored at AMC Theatre event
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Dorothy Indelicato in shown in the wine tasting room at Delicato Vineyards. - photo by Bulletin file photo

Tourism as Manteca’s marquee industry?

Jack Snyder thinks it’s possible.

Manteca’s former mayor and current chairman of the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau believes the projected opening of the 500-room Great Wolf Resort in two years — assuming it gets the blessing of the City Council this fall — has the potential to be a game changer for the city’s economy.

It includes a 75,000-square-foot indoor water park and a 15,000-square-foot outdoor water park There is also a 20,000-square-foot conference center that the city would own although not necessarily manage.

Snyder believes if the CVB steps up its game, Manteca merchants, the people they employ, and the city as a whole will benefit through increased spending and tax revenue.

Great Wolf also will provide almost 600 jobs — 414 permanent full-time jobs and 156 part-time jobs with an annual payroll pushing $10 million that given standard multipliers used by state economists could have a $70 million impact on Manteca’s overall economy.

Kicking off the drive to more effectively attract tourist and visitor dollars is the Manteca Tourism Champion Awards taking place Monday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. the AMC Movie Theaters at Orchard Valley.

Dorothy Indelicato is being awarded with the first Tourism Champion Award.

The ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. with harp melodies provided by a 16-year-old harpist with the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra Finger food will be provided by Matsu Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Pete’s Brew Pub, and Red Robin. Yogurt Station and Bass Pro Shops will provide sweets.

The event is designed to focus attention on tourism as an economic engine that works for Manteca. Speaking will be San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott, county supervisor hopeful Tom Patti, and Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum.

Chuck Crutchfield, the CVB’s second president, is serving as master of ceremonies.

Admission is free with seating available for 250. Those wishing to attend are being asked to RSVP by email to or by phoning 823.7229.

Indelicato has worked tirelessly over the years promoting Delicato Vineyards. The winery along Highway 99 at French Camp Road north of Manteca is a popular stopping point for travelers.

Delicato Family Vineyards once all of their Monterey, Napa Valley, Manteca, and Lodi holdings are cobbled together ranks among the top 10 wineries in the nation producing more than 7 million cases of wine annually.

Indelicato is treasurer of Delicato Vineyards, She attended Manteca schools and graduated from Stockton College, She has lived her entire life within four miles of the Manteca winery where she has been active in the winery’s management for over 60 years.

Her community involvement over the past 43 years includes Soroptimist International of Manteca, Manteca Mayor’s Committee on the Arts, Manteca Chamber of Commerce, and Friends of the Stockton Symphony.

She also has served on the boards of Doctors Hospital of Manteca, the Manteca CVB, Manteca chamber, Stockton Symphony Board, San Joaquin Delta College Foundation, Manteca Crimestoppers, and San Joaquin Historical Society.