Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis is celebrating Kiwanis International’s 100 Year Anniversary on Thursday, Jan. 22, by hosting a “Community Night of Giving” at the Manteca Senior Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Over $18,000 will be distributed to local organizations.
The local Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis has been providing community service and funding to local organizations since 1980. Some of their service includes the Manteca Pumpkin Fair, constructing a playground and planting trees at Raymus House, high school scholarships, Bike Trail Clean-up, Thanksgiving Dinner, Annual Pork Feed, Manteca 4th of July Parade among the many.
They have also provided funds over the years to: Agape Villages, American Cancer Society, American Heart Assc., Boys & Girls Club of Manteca, Boys Scouts, CERT, Clothes Closet, Raymus House Birthday Buddies, Crime Stoppers, Doctors Hospital Auxillary, East Union Band Boosters, Sober Grad events at all local MUSD high schools, Key Club, Give Every Child A Chance, JROTC at Manteca, Sierra and East Union High, Every 15 Minutes, Great Valley Book Fest, Haven of Peace, Hope Family Shelter, Hospice, Katrina Relief Fund, Kiwanis Family House, Valley CAPS, Police Explorers, Manteca Fire Chief’s Foundation, Manteca Police Chief Foundation, Manteca Police K9 Unit, Manteca Historical Society, Manteca Mural Society, Manteca Prayer Breakfast, High School Scholarships, Manteca Senior Center, Manteca Unified Student Trust, Manteca Youth Focus, MUSD Homeless Student Fund, Not Forgotten Memorial Day Event, Pregnancy Help Center, Relay for Life, Second Harvest Food Bank, Sierra High Band Boosters, Treats for Troops, Veterans Stamp Program, Veteran’s Stand Down, Welcome Home Heroes Foundation and many others. Over $500,000 has been donated over the years and another estimated $250,000 raised by various groups through the Annual Pumpkin Fair.
Kiwanis International started in 1915 in Detroit Michigan and has grown to over 16,000 clubs in 80 nations with an average of over 18 million volunteer hours and $100 million going toward projects in their local communities annually. Overall Kiwanis members have participated in nearly 150,000 projects per year. In October 2015, Kiwanis will also celebrate the first female International President Sue Pertrisin.
For those wishing to attend the 100 Year Anniversary “Community Night of Giving”, please RSVP to Carolyn Richardson at 239.1593.