By Chad Hobbs
Unless you live under a rock, this year of the pandemic has drastically affected your life in some way at the minimum. There is an endless list of events that have been canceled this year, as a result. Five local Catholic churches (St. Martin in Flaherty, St. John in Brandenburg, St. Mary in Payneville, St. Theresa in Rhodelia, and Holy Guardian Angel in Irvington) were all forced to cancel their church picnics for 2020.
Sure, these are huge fundraisers for each parish’s mission, but they are also a huge benefit to the community. Much like the Meade County Fair, at their core, they provide great food, fellowship and entertainment for the whole community in a down home, old fashioned kind of way that we all love and cherish regardless of your faith or background. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t enjoy themselves at one of these picnics. Many of those proceeds also fund programs that help everyone from our youth to the poor and the hungry here, nationally and around the world.
Despite COVID canceling their picnics, the churches have found a way to help try to make lemonade out of the lemons they were dealt. Joining up with Tony Brown Chevrolet in Brandenburg, the parishes have come together to hold a joint raffle that will leave one individual with a brand new 2020 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab LT 4x4 pickup truck or a cash option of $40,000.
Each of these churches are selling raffle tickets which are $100 each. Tickets can also be purchased at Tony Brown Chevrolet. The drawing will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 2 p.m., but you do not have to be present to win. The winner will be responsible for income tax, sales tax, title and transfer fees.
A $100 investment on a brand new truck sure sounds good to this reporter, especially with a current vehicle that is closer to its end than beginning. Not to mention, its supports a great cause. So if anyone is out selling tickets by the Messenger office stop in and see me. For the rest of you who think a new vehicle or pocket full of cash sounds good, stop by one of the churches or Tony Brown Chevrolet before time runs out. For someone, it’s going to be a great investment, and for many, it’s going to help fund a warm meal, clothes or other necessities that many of us take for granted but these parishes help provide to those of us most in need.