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Steve DeBrum picked for 2009 Hall of Fame honor
Steve DeBrum is shown being sworn-in last year to a second term on the Manteca City Council by City Clerk Joann Tilton. - photo by Bulletin file photo


• WHAT: Manteca Hall of Fame
• WHEN: Saturday, May 23
• WHERE: Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane
• WHO IS BEING INDUCTED: Tom & Gayl Wilson, arts; Nick DeGroot, agriculture; Mike Morezone, athletics; Roberto Sepulveda, at large; Mike Atherton, business; Steve DeBrum, community service; Jim Brown, education; Joel Tokheim, health care
• TICKETS: $40

Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club.

Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

Sunrise Kiwanis.

Those are just four of the high-profile community non-profits that Steve DeBrum has not only been an active member doing “grunt work” but also has served as president.

Those are some of the reasons why the two-term Manteca City Councilman is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2009 on Saturday, May 23, at the Manteca Senior Center Also being inducted are Tom & Gayl Wilson, arts; Mike Morezone, athletics; Roberto Sepulveda, at large; Nick DeGroot, agriculture; Mike Atherton, business; Jim Brown, education; and Joel Tokheim, health care.

Tickets are $40 apiece. They are available through the Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club by calling 239-KIDS.

DeBrum, 61, has helped get a number of projects to move forward as a Manteca councilman. The list runs the gamut from Woodward Park, Big League Dreams, snaring Bass Pro Shop and the lifestyle mall, the Stadium Retail Center, completing the Industrial Park Drive extension, and the new Yosemite Avenue/Highway 120 interchange all the way to the state-of-the-art surface water treatment plant to nearing completion of one of the most environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plants in California.

DeBrum is the Northern California coordinator for the Dairy Farmers of America.

DeBrum is the past president of the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, president of the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau, past president of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce, former Manteca Pumpkin Fair chairman, Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis member, former Grand Knight of the St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus, and is an active member of the St. Anthony’s parish.

He also has had multiple years serving as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club telethon, that organization’s major fundraiser that helps provide services for 1,500 youth in Manteca and Lathrop.

You can see DeBrum helping at events such as crab feeds, free fishing events for kids, benefit dinners, golf tournaments, and helping place flags as part of the Flags Over Manteca effort.

He also serves as a board member for the Manteca Unified Student Trust and is a past board member of the San Joaquin United Way. He also has served as American Heart Association board member and has been event chair for the Manteca Grimm Ducks Unlimited benefit.

DeBrum and his wife Veronica have been married for 38 years.

They met at Hanford High where he was the FFA president and she was the FFA sweetheart. They moved to Manteca in 1984. They have two children - Gregory, 36, and Stephanie, 34, as well as six grandchildren.

Veronica has been involved with the South County Crisis Center, the Sunrise Kiwanis, and has served as chairman of Manteca Pumpkin Fair.