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Trio Of Fundraisers Fill January Schedule
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The first month of the year is slowly unwinding and it has become a very busy one in terms of local organizations hosting annual fundraising events.

During January, there are three major fundraisers, each put on by a different group and supporting a different cause.

First up is the 15th annual Escalon Kiwanis Club Crab Feed, set for Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Avenue. Put on by the local Kiwanis, proceeds from the event benefit Escalon High School scholarships and several youth programs in the community.

Festivities start with no host cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner – highlighted by the main attraction of crab – is served starting at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $55 and the evening will also include door prizes, live, silent and pie auctions and a 50/50 drawing. Reserved round tables for eight guests are $600 and include a business advertisement, business card on the placemat, eight drink tickets and eight wine glasses.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Rochelle Sousa at 209-204-4466.

This year also marks the 30th year for the annual Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Escalon United Methodist Church. Scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12 and under 5 eat for free. Take-out orders are available, as well as eat-in dining at the church, corner of Highway 120 and Brayton.

The all-you-can-eat event features spaghetti with meat sauce, salad with Italian dressing, garlic French bread, punch or coffee and an ice cream cup for dessert. Organizers said the event has enjoyed many years of success, and they anticipate another good crowd for the 30th year. The proceeds help pay for a variety of church expenses. Call for more information, 209-838-2792.

Escalon High School’s Sober Grad committee will also be busy in January, gearing up for the annual ‘Curbside to Go’ tri-tip dinner. That event will be staged at El Portal Middle School, 805 First St., and will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Tickets are $45 if purchased by Jan. 19; $50 on or after Jan. 19. The ticket is good for a full meal for four including a whole barbecued tri tip, four baked potatoes, a bag of salad, loaf of French bread and a two-liter bottle of soda.

This is one of the main fundraisers for the year to help put on the annual Sober Grad party for graduating Escalon High School seniors. The meal is delivered curbside at El Portal; those with tickets drive in, present the ticket and the full meal is delivered to your vehicle.

Volunteers are being sought for a number of tasks to help put on the drive-thru dinner, such as picking up the dinner items, providing sodas and manning the barbecue the day of the event.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Tammy Alcantor at 209-480-3728; Debbie Leal at 209-693-2513; or Renee Snow at 209-602-3241. Tickets can also be purchased online at