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Grocery Outlet shopping spree among bid items
Grocery Outlet co-owner Debbee Tarr, left, and Mike Banton of the Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club board promote a telethon live bid auction item which is a two-minute shopping spree at the Manteca grocery store located at Yosemite Avenue and Northwoods Avenue. - photo by DENNIS WYATT


• WHAT: Boys & Girls Club Telethon
• WHEN: Monday, Nov, 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 4:30 to 11 p.m.
• WHERE: Clubhouse at 545 W. Alameda carried live on Comcast Channel 97
• TO HELP: E-mail or call the club at 239-KIDS

Just how much groceries can you stash in shopping carts in two minutes?

The highest bidder on the two-minute shopping spree being offered by Grocery Outlet for the Boys & Girls Club Telethon taking place this coming Monday and Tuesday will be able to find out.

It is one of a number of unique items this year ranging from guided fishing trips to a double date with Manteca’s two most eligible firefighters that are going on the block to help support programs for 1,500 youth.

It could be a big haul to whoever is the highest bidder. When the Boys & Girls Club raffled off a minute-long shopping spree at another Manteca grocery store back in 2001, the winner was able to grab almost $700 worth of items. That was with restrictions of no dairy products, a limit of four packages of meet, no liquor, and no sundries such as personal hygiene items.

The only restrictions at Grocery Outlet will be no liquor and no vitamins. Not only that, the winner will have twice the time. The shopping spree must take place in December.

Tarr said she and her husband Steve are impressed with the Boys & Girls Club. A son went to the club this summer to participate in the Junior Police Academy and the Junior Crime Scene Investigation Program. While there, he was able to meet kids that became his friends before he started school.

“That was a big help,” she said.

Among the other unique packages this year includes dinner and wine tasting with the Indelicatos – Manteca’s first family of wine. Not only are they world-class winemakers but family meals are on par with their wines.

If you’re looking to support kids and have an upcoming birthday for a child you want to be unique, you can bid on having use of the entire Boys & Girls Club building for a Saturday birthday party including gym and games room.

For those who want to enjoy interesting conversation, it would be tough to beat a ride-along with a Manteca Refuse Division garbage truck driver. And if you have a desire to sharpen your golf game – or want to start golfing – you can also secure lessons with a Manteca Golf Course professional.
You can also get a family snow fun and Christmas package at Dell’Osso Farms in Lathrop on the snow hill that includes other attractions at the new Holiday on the Farms that opens later this month.

The live auction is part of a two-day event that includes a silent auction, pledges, and entertainment. It is carried live over Comcast Cable 97 Monday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 4:30 to 11 p.m.

Changes in live auction procedures
The live auction will be a bit different this year. As always, you can bid on all items starting that Monday.

This year, though, people who are interested in the auction are encouraged to go down to the club. They will be able to inspect the items up close and to also see the main part of the telethon being carried live in the games room. There also will be bleacher seating available.

Then at 9 p.m., bidders have the option of having a seat at tables at the final round of bidding starts or else say at home and bid via phone. This way they can bid in person if they wish.

The goal is to raise $120,000 to help finance supervision and programs for club members.

The non-profit counts on the telethon each year to provide roughly 25 percent of the funds they need to run a site in Manteca and Lathrop. The Manteca site is open school days from 3 to 8 p.m. at the main site at 545 W. Alameda Street and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school holidays.

The rough economy has generated an ever bigger attendance as parents struggling to make ends meet with reduced pay and shorter hours are dropping babysitting and child care that they can no longer afford and are using the club as a safe haven for their kids while they are away from home working.

Individuals who would like to assist with pledge phones are asked to call the club at 239-KIDS.