Apr 142010

MOUNT PLEASANT — As the last session of Why Catholic? at St. Alphonsus Parish was drawing to a close, the members of the various small groups thought it would be a good idea to leave their mark on the world by taking on a large fundraising project. The groups decided they needed to assist a non-denominational organization called “Kids Against Hunger.”

Kids Against Hunger provides nutritious and transportable meals for people where food may be scarce or not nutritionally sound. Various groups, mostly faith-based, raise money to help purchase and ship the food, and they also assist in packaging and distributing it.

The St. Alphonsus “Why Catholic?” groups are organizing a Trivia Night to raise $3,000 to put together one pallet of meals. One pallet includes 11,880 easily prepared, non-perishable meals. This food has been developed for people who may be starving and it is easily digestible.

The Trivia Night will be held Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Manning Hall at St. Alphonsus Parish. The game will consist of 10 rounds of 10 questions. Questions will vary by topic and degree of difficulty. There also will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, Mulligans, snacks and a light meal with soft drinks that will be served for a freewill donation.

This is the fourth and final year of what St. Alphonsus says has been a very successful Why Catholic? adult education program, which included a service project component. Many people have been blessed by the participants of the service projects over four years.

The Trivia Night is open to surrounding communities. Pre-registration by April 15 is preferred: contact Lynn Fedler at (319) 986-6666 or the parish office at (319) 385-8410. Cost per person is $10. For more information or to make a donation for Kids Against Hunger, please contact Jerry and Becky Keeley at (319) 986-5042.

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