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Feb. 23 event supports free tutoring
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The Give Every Child a Chance (GECAC) Antone E. Raymus, 20th Annual Bowl-A-Thon is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Manteca Bowlero, in partnership with Give Every Child a Chance, will be hosting the event.
GECAC is encouraging businesses to challenge their peers in a two-game competition. It is an opportunity to challenge other business for bragging rights and a chance to be the grand prize winner in categories such as, health care, government, service agency organization, retail, service/community club, school, retail, house of worship, bank, and youth group, and After School Advantage Program.
There are also top prizes for overall highest collecting top youth team, overall top three individual students, and prizes for individual youth collectors. The three youth who collect the most money over $500 will receive a gift card ($200, $150, $75 respectively) to a store of their choice. In addition, the school that collects the most pledges (minimum of $750) will receive a $250 school shopping spree. Any classroom that collects a minimum of $300 in pledges will have ice cream sandwich treats delivered to their classroom.
The minimum entry fee for a team (5 bowlers) is $250. Each team member receives: two games of bowling, shoe rental, and one soft drink.  Forming a team is easy:
*Select five members to be on your team,
*Choose a team captain.
*Choose a convenient time for your team to bowl (9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.)
*Fill out the entry form and turn into the administration office by fax (209) 823-6255, in person (322 Sun West Place, Manteca), by email (, visit the website at or call (209) 823-6222 with your team information.
*Collect your pledges.
The Bowl-A-Thon is a major fundraiser for GECAC bringing people of all ages together to raise funds for a program that provides free help with school work, while helping students build their confidence and self esteem.  

 For additional information, to request a team packet, or for further assistance with community challenges, please call 823-6222 or visit the website