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Sunrise Kiwanis distribute $46,000 to groups
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The group that hosts the annual Manteca Pumpkin Fair has given away more than $1.1 million to community groups that benefit the public good since 1980.

And on Thursday night, dozens of local organizations gathered at the Manteca Senior Center for the 6th annual Sunrise Kiwanis “Community Night of Giving” to collectively receive more than $46,000 to further their respective missions.

For more than four decades the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis has been providing community service and funding to local organizations through events like the Manteca Pumpkin Fair, Birthday Buddies, Bike Trail Clean-Up, Thanksgiving Dinner, Annual Spring Dinner, Annual 4th of July Parade and various other events and undertakings including the issuance of annual school scholarships.

Thursday’s event was centered around highlighting the various groups that serve Manteca that benefit from Kiwanis funding every year.

Honorees included VFW Post 6311, Second Harvest Food Bank, Agape Villages, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, American Legion Post 649, Boys and Girls Club of Manteca, Dream Closet, East Union High School Band Boosters, East Union High School JROTC, East Union High School Sober Grad, Give Every Child A Chance, Central Valley Bookfest, Hospice of San Joaquin, Kiwanis Children’s Fund, Kiwanis Family House, Kiwanis Rose Float, Manteca Historical Society, Manteca Prayer Breakfast, Manteca Rotary (Omelet Breakfast), Manteca Youth Focus, Every 15 Minutes, Raymus House/HOPE Ministries, Sierra High School Sober Grad, Special Day on the Farm, Valley Caps, and Friends of the Manteca Library.

Funds will also be distributed to those volunteer time at the 2019 Pumpkin Fair including Boy Scout Troop 432, Manteca Police Explorers, CERT, SHARP, Kiwanis Noon Club, Sponsored Youth, Manteca High Thespian Club, Sierra High Leadership, Girl Scout Troop 549 and various High School scholarships.

Several groups received funds prior to the event including the Manteca Mural Society, Kiwanis Children’s Fund, Cheer Camp, Be. Tech, Sierra High Key Club, Kiwanis Foundation, Manteca 4th of July Parade and Thanksgiving in Manteca.

Kiwanis International was started in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan and has grown to more than 16,000 clubs in 80 nations with an average of over 18 million volunteer hours and over $100 million going towards projects in local communities annually. Overall, Kiwanis members participate in nearly 150,000 projects every year.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.