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Local sex assault victim aims to bring awareness to violence

Local sex assault victim aims to bring awareness to violence

MANTECA - The SavingStephanie organization will work with the Manteca Police Department to increase sexual assault awareness in our community. SavingStephanie is a sexual assault awareness organization that was founded by sexual assault survivor, Stephanie Braithwaite, 15. She started her own organization, SavingStephanie, to increase community awareness and provide support and referrals to sexual assault victims.

The organization, lead by this courageous young woman, intends to work with the Manteca Police Department and Capt. Charlie Goeken, to carry this message to the community by tying teal colored ribbons to the antennas of all the police department's patrol cars. The ribbon recognizes every person affected by sexual assault and offers a symbol of hope to every survivor on the path to healing. These ribbons will stand as a reminder that sexual violence is everyone’s issue, and that there is hope and support for those affected by it.

Ripon 5th graders make care packages for soldiers

RIPON - On Friday, Feb. 4, fifth graders at Ripon Christian Elementary School will assemble care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of an all-school volunteer project that day.

Last year, the students packed 128 boxes to send overseas. Every student at the school, located at 217 North Maple Avenue, will be involved in some type of service project on Friday including yard work, painting, washing cars, etc.

For more information about the students giving back, call Nancy VanderVeen at (209) 996-0468.

Townsend Opera’s Keep the Arts Alive

RIPON - Friends, keep the arts alive. The Townsend Opera Company (TOP) is a very strong and vibrant company and the board is wishing to keep it this way. All the board members are part of this board because they believe in this company, not for the status of being a board member. That is why we embark on this campaign. Each board member was asked to raise at least $2,000 and all the board members have stepped up and have done an incredible job. They have asked all their friends to donate $25 to $1,000, whatever they can afford to make amazing campaign succeed. We are only $15,000 away from accomplishing this goal. I ask anyone reading this to please step up and help us meet our goal.

Our goal was to raise $60,000 by February 1st. With your help, we are confident we can achieve our goal.

The Board of Directors of TOP embarked on this campaign because we believe the arts and in particular, opera is important to our community.