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Pirates Fest Fundraiser Features Beer, Wine And Food Tasting
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The Modesto Junior College Athletics Department and MJC Foundation invite the community to the 20th Annual Pirates Fest – Beer, Wine and Food Celebration on Friday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door. A special group ticket price of 10 tickets for $300 is also available. To purchase tickets, contact the MJC Athletics Department at (209) 575-6270, MJC Foundation at (209) 575-6068, or online at and scroll to find “Pirates Fest” in the donation drop down menu.

The event features regional beers and wines for tasting, accompanied by food samples and a silent auction that includes premium wines, gift certificates, gift baskets and more. In addition, there are sports memorabilia, door prizes and music by “the Valley’s DJ” D. Ferreira. Proceeds benefit the 21 sports in MJC’s Athletic Program.

Beer tasting is provided by Anchor Brewing, Blaker Brewing, Contentment Brewing, Delta Sierra Brands, Dust Bowl Brewing Co., Persuasion Brewing Company and St. Stan’s Brewing.

Wine tasting is provided by Berryhill Vineyards, Bronco Wine Company, CJ Produx LLC, Delicato Family Vineyards, Gallo Family Vineyards, Hatcher Winery, Modesto Grocery Outlet, Rios-Lovell Winery, Silkwood Wines and Wend-Tyler Winery.

A wide variety of cuisine is provided by Chopping Block Butcher Shop and Deli, Concetta, Downey High School Culinary Program, El Marisquero, Fired Up Grill, Fiscalini Cheese Company, Graffiti Dogs, KFC, O’Brien’s Market, P. Wexford’s Pub, Papa John’s Pizza, Ralston’s Goat, Rueb’s Q’in BBQ and Togo’s. Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages are provided by Cheesecake Kitchen, Yogurt Mill, Mocha Magic, Noah’s Water and Starbucks.

Restaurants, wineries or breweries interested in supporting Pirate Athletics can still sign up to participate by contacting Nick Stavrianoudakis, MJC athletics director and dean of physical education, at 575-6835 or

“It is a great atmosphere with plenty of food and drink provided by local businesses,” said Stavrianoudakis. “Come enjoy a fun evening that supports MJC’s sports programs and our student athletes.”