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UOP Tigers swimmers get help by helping

Bob Raymus wanted to support his nephew’s swimming team.

He ended up helping the HOPE Family Shelters and the Manteca Boys & Girls Club as well.

Raymus and his wife Laurin were attending a University of Pacific swimming team benefit. His nephew Dillion Toy swims for the Tigers.

One of the auction items was having 50 team members work for three hours on a project.

Raymus had the winning bid of $500.

On Saturday, UOP swimmers were spreading wood shavings under the playground equipment and performing other small yard tasks at the HOPE Family Shelter on Yosemite Avenue. They also did odd jobs at HOPE Ministries’ transitional housing.

At the same time other team members were painting the arts room at the Boys & Girls Club. The walls were painted light blue and the trim yellow.

Picking the HOPE Family Shelter as a benefactor of the swim team’s muscle power was an easy decision for Raymus. He’s been on the HOPE Ministries board since 2003. His father — the late Antone Raymus — gifted the non-profit a former convalescent hospital on South Union Road that is today a shelter for single mothers and their kids. Raymus and his sister Toni played a key role in HOPE Ministries securing multi-family units that serve as transitional housing.

Raymus has been a long-time supporter of the Boys & Girls Club that his sister serves as a board of directors’ member. Their father put up $100,000 to start the club’s building fund nearly 40 years ago and supported the club until his death in 2004.

The Manteca Rotary led by Charlie Halford provided lunch for the college students.


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