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Luncheon raises money for scholarships
Manteca Federated Women’s Club president Marlene Figone, left, and Teresa Sutton enjoy tea at The Silver Teapot, one of the supporters of the group’s annual Spring Fling Luncheon Sunday, April 17, to raise money for scholarships. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
Nine academic and art scholarships are given out every year to area high school seniors by the Manteca Federated Women’s Club. The money for those awards comes from a fund-raiser that the group holds every spring. This year, that annual event will take place Sunday, April 17, at the Manteca Senior Center.

Called the Family Spring Fling Luncheon, this sixth annual fund-raising extravaganza promises not only a “stylish afternoon of friends, family, good food, desserts and entertainment” but a whole slew of opportunity drawing and door prizes as well. Guests are also encouraged to “Don Your Best Spring Attire” to the afternoon party where they will dine in style in decorated themed tables.

And with only 200 tickets available, those who plan to attend are encouraged to purchase one early by calling (209) 823-2494 or (209) 244-3501. There will be no tickets sold at the door which will open at noon with lunch to be served at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each for adults and $10 per child age 12 and under. Included in the price of admission will be a ticket for the enormous door prize – “a huge family basket,” said Federated Women’s Club president Marlene Figone. The basket is actually a large ice chest filled with various “family stuff.” The winner will also get to bring home the cooler as part of the prize.

There will be more of the same at the luncheon. At last estimate, club members Figone and Teresa Sutton said there are “over $6,000 worth of (opportunity drawing) prizes – all donated – that will be given away.” It will take just a buck to win one of those prizes, or even less. The more tickets you buy, the more you save. A bulk of 13 tickets will cost just $10 or 25 for $20. And guests will be able to choose which item they want to win by placing their tickets in the jar next to it.

Some of the prizes include: two show tickets at Gallo Arts Theater in Modesto, a gift basket from Gallo Winery, a large bowl and accessories from German Glas Werks with an estimated total value of about $600, Kindred Arts Concert Series family season tickets, four box seats at Stockton Ports, six Elvis wines from Delicato Winery, an Olive Oil Pantry gift basket, certificate to Boomers in Modesto, and certificates to various restaurants in Manteca including two Silver Teas (each worth $17) at the Silver Teapot downtown.

As an added feature this year, the club is also offering three “special things” in the opportunity drawing. There will be a prize basket just for boys who are under the age of 12, another basket for girls in the same age category, plus “a basket specifically for men.”

In the spirit of cooperation, several community groups are supporting the Federated Women’s scholarship luncheon by decorating several of the dining tables. Figone said the Manteca Historical Society, the Manteca Soroptimists, Youth Focus, South County Crisis Center, Kindred Arts, the Manteca Jr. Women’s Club, Tipton’s Gifts & Stationery, and Louise Sugiyama will each decorate a theme table.

Others who have stepped up to support this fund-raiser by making cash and in-kind donations are Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Delta Bank, DeVinci’s restaurant, El Jardin, Johnny’s, Manteca Auto Repair, Main Street Café, Elena Franzia, Rocky Mountain ChocolateFactory, Phyllis Mondragon, Betty Sagaser, Sue Mills, Nell Miller, Sally Williams, Sutton’s Landscaping and Leonard Photography.

The Manteca Federated Women’s Club, which was organized back in the 1960s by the late Clarese Anderson, awards eight academic scholarships each year. Three years ago, following the passing of Anderson, the club started awarding an arts scholarship as well in honor of the woman who founded the Manteca Camera Club and in recognition of her many artistic contributions to the community. Each student selected for the scholarship receives $500.

The Manteca Senior Center is located at 295 Cherry Lane, just behind the Police Department offices on West Center Street.

For more information about the annual fund-raiser or the Manteca Federated Women’s Club, call (209) 823-2494.