The St. Clara Catholic Church's annual fundraiser is set for this weekend, but it has gotten a “facelift."
The St. Clara Catholic Church's annual fundraiser is set for this weekend, but it has gotten a “facelift,” said Katelyn Speiser, a member of the fundraiser committee. This year the fundraiser will be held on Saturday evening with a lot of added events. This is different than what it has been in the past because it was always held on Sunday mornings after church. “We are changing a lot about it this year. It's almost as if we were stuck in the same routine and needed a facelift,” Speiser said. “It was just this year that we decided to do something different to make money for the church and have a positive event,” she said. One of the biggest additions to the church fundraiser is a beer garden. Speiser cautioned that the added beer garden “kind of pushed the envelope for some people,” but also said that there would be plenty of other activities for everyone to do if you do not want to participate in the beer gardens. “The response at this time has been pretty good,” Speiser said. “We have heard a little apprehension, but the fundraiser will still be a family oriented event with many games for the kids.” The street near the church will be blocked off and that will be where all the kids' games will be played. There will be a dunk tank with a special kids slot because the kids were interested in being able to dunk each other. Sister Carole Freking has agreed to be in the dunk tank. There will also be a rock climbing wall for the kids, a bb gun shoot, turtle races and bingo. Live music will be performed by a the Wendingers polka band. Though there are a lot of changes to this year's fundraiser, many of the church's favorite events will still be there. There will be a silent auction and the country store will sell produce and baked goods. Pulled pork sandwiches, potato chips, baked beans, bars and beverages will be sold ala carte. Brats, hotdogs and hamburgers will also be sold during the beer garden, which goes from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you are an avid Twins fan and can't miss a game, you won't have to miss the church fundraiser either. The game game against Cleveland at 7:10 will be played on a 47 inch LED TV during the fundraiser. Once the game is over, you will have a chance to win the TV if you purchase a $20 raffle ticket. Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold and you have to be at the fundraiser to purchase a ticket. The drawing will take place at 9:30 and you do not have to be present to win. One dollar raffle tickets will also be sold for the chance to win cash prizes that were generously donated by many local businesses and members of the congregation. Other items were donated from local businesses for the raffle as well. “It has been excellent getting ready for the fundraising because so many people are always willing to step in and help out,” Speiser said. The new changes made to the annual fundraiser were made to encourage the community to get together for a fun family evening out for a good cause. Speiser and the St. Clara Catholic Church would like to invite the community to the fundraiser. “It's not exclusive to our parish, but open to the whole community and we are encouraging the community to come,” Speiser said.