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Tree contest provides non-profit with funds
Sharing a laugh after finishing their tree are Sunrise Kiwanis, clockwise from front, Carol Davis, Terry Malloy, Debbie Tarr, and Larry Malloy.

You can get a peek at the latest in housing trends while casting a vote for your favorite decorated Christmas tree to benefit three Manteca non-profits.

It is part of a decorated tree contest at the Raymus Homes Raceway Collection models off Oleander Avenue south of Woodward Avenue.

Each model home has a tree decorated by a local Manteca organization. This year’s competition features the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis, Manteca Firefighters Local 1874, and Give Every Child a Chance.

In addition to all their community service, the Kiwanis are well known for their annual Pumpkin Fair.

 When the Manteca Firefighters aren’t putting out fires, they are also trying to stamp out another adversary – cancer. They plan to donate their winnings to their Manteca Relay for Life team – the Red Hots.

Give Every Child a Chance has been helping struggling students since 1998, giving them a chance to be successful and thrive. Their Christmas tree is decorated with handmade ornaments and decorations created by their students.

Anyone who tours the models will have the chance to vote for their favorite tree. Votes will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 22. You can vote every time you tour the models.

The tree receiving the most votes will win $500 for their organization. But no organization will leave empty handed. The second and third place winners will go home with $250 and $100 respectively.

 Models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at the corner of Woodward and Oleander Avenues in Manteca. Winners will be announced in January.