Tricounty News

A Party with a purpose raises exceptional funds

Local families in need will receive the food and shelter they need thanks to 550 generous Central Minnesotans and event sponsors who raised $90,000 for Catholic Charities Roaring Twenties Mardi Gras benefit January 31. Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf and DOMUS Transitional Housing are the beneficiaries of the annual party with a purpose featuring a silent auction, dining, dancing and socializing. Thanks to the generosity of guests adorned in beads and feathers from head to toe, flapper dresses and zoot suits, Catholic Charities will continue to meet the needs of an increasing number of community members. Catholic Charities Emergency Services has the area's largest food shelf serving more than 4,000 people a month - over 1,500 families were served in January, a 50-percent increase over January 2007. Sincere gratitude to the Premiere Underwriters that contributed to the success of the evening:   Wild Country 99  Rengel Printing Company  Short Stop Custom Catering  Lamar Outside Advertising Co.  Felling Trailers  Frank and Delores Grundman  Wolters Kluwer Financial Services  Marotte Design Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. It builds communities, promotes family life, and enhances human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs. DOMUS Transitional Housing is a temporary housing and support service for homeless women and their children and helps them make their transition to self-sufficiency.