By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Holiday Affair: Friends, food, prizes & help for troubled Manteca teens
Helping pick out decorations for the 30th annual Holiday Affair taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Bank of Stockton are Manteca Soroptimist members, from left, Judy Azevedo, Arlene Sevor, and Mary DeCosta. - photo by DENNIS WYATT

It’s the $75 ticket that can actually save a troubled teen’s life.

That’s not all the ticket buys. It also helps fund youth projects, library needs, scholarships, and domestic violence intervention services.

And for good measure it includes a wide array of finger foods and cocktails for the ticket holder and a guest to enjoy in a holiday setting with hundreds of other people. The ticket holder also has a chance at cash gifts and a mountain of other prizes.

The ticket gains you entrance to the 30th annual Manteca Soroptimsits’ Holiday Affair that takes place Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the spacious yet cozy Bank of Stockton lobby at 660 N., Main St.

Tickets to the Holiday Affair are available at Tipton’s Stationery & Gifts, 169 W. Yosemite, 823-7644. You may also call Soroptimist members, Judy Vasquez, 823-6644, Julie Azevedo, 239-1195 or any other Soroptimist member.

The Holiday Affair has been a sell-out virtually every year. All proceeds go to the Soroptimists’ Community Service Fund.

Although there is a long list of community endeavors that the Soroptimists support each year with the Holiday Affair and their other major fundraisers, none is perhaps as impressive as their help with the Manteca Unified School District’s Teen Crisis Center.

The Teen Crisis Center is the club’s signature project. The club has donated over $250,000 over the past 20 years to help the Manteca Unified School District provide counseling services for teens at all schools in the Manteca Unified District. School officials have credited the teen crisis counselors for substantially reducing the potential for young people to make decisions that could result in negative consequences on their academic performance, future career paths or even their health.

The program has been credited over the years with helping prevent several teens from committing suicide.

Projects benefiting include Raymus House events, Haven of Peace, Boys & Girls Club, Hospice of San Joaquin, Sober Grads at all local high schools, Give Every Child A Chance, South County Women’s Center, San Joaquin Women’s Center, Manteca Mural Society, Manteca Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Women’s Opportunity Award, Women of Distinction Award, Women Helping Women Award, San Joaquin Historical Society, $6,000 yearly scholarships to high school seniors, the Manteca Unified School District’s Teen Crisis Center and many more community projects.