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Chick-fil-A partners with Ripon Rotary Club to help support Ripon elementary schools
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From left, Ripon Rotary President John Mangelos meets with Chick-fil-A owner / operator Micah Payton and his Human Resource / Director of Talent Nidrah Watts at the Manteca restaurant located at 1405 E. Yosemite Ave.

The Ripon Rotary Club will be conducting one of its few fundraisers this year on Sept. 15-16.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the local chapter had to cancel several of its events that made possible scholarships and dictionaries to all Ripon students.

“All of those (fundraisers) were put on hold,” said President John Mangelos.

Enter Chick-fil-A.

The local restaurant chain at 1405 E. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca is partnering with Rotary for a boxed meal consisting of Chick-fil-A’s boneless breast of chicken sandwich with a cookie and chips. Cost is $12 and can be purchased from any Ripon Rotarian.

The boxed meals will be distributed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days – 200 on Wednesday (Sept. 15) and 200 on Thursday (Sept. 16), according to Mangelos – on the West First Street side of the Ripon Fire Station located at 142 S. Stockton Ave.

Proceeds will help with the Ripon Rotary Club’s support for the local schools.

Chick-fil-A opened in Manteca on April 30.

Owner and operator Micah Payton and his family – included is his wife, Janae, and their three young children – moved to Ripon from Colorado Springs following a career change.

Payton, who lived in a variety places growing up including Modesto, was a Colorado attorney for 10 years.

“My wife was the one who was supportive – she wanted me to do something that would make me happy,” he said.

Payton’s belief was similar to that of the Chick-fil-A philosophy of the Golden Rule and to have “a positive influence on all who come in contact.”

He was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary function where he offered his support, Mangelos said.

Payton and his family are newcomers to Ripon.

For more information on the Chick-fil-A boxed meal benefiting Ripon Rotary, call 209.204.3462.