Five area Knights of Columbus Councils are keeping alive Joe DeRosier's 20-year Gull Lake tradition of hosting a Mexican Fiesta to help orphaned and abandoned children in six Third World countries.
This year's fiesta will be Aug. 5 at St. Mathias Park, south of Brainerd, off Highway 371.
The fiesta benefits 2,500 orphaned and abandoned children at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) orphanages in Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Festivities will start at 11 a.m. Aug. 5 at St. Mathias Church Hall with a quilt auction of homemade quilts by area and statewide quilters demonstrating recognized and original patterns. Quilt viewing will be at 10 a.m. while the auction will begin at 11 a.m. at the church hall across from St. Mathias Park.
Auctioneer is James DeRosier. Quilts are still being accepted for auction. For more information on the quilt auction, contact Phyllis at 829-0422 or Friends of the Orphans toll free at 1-877-797-7900.
The Friends of the Orphans Mexican Fiesta will begin at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at St. Mathias Park with games for adults and children. A dinner that includes roast turkey on the spit will be served between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., followed by a Mass with Father Phil Cleary, director of the Mexico orphanage.
Cleary will share stories of his 16 years in Mexico caring for orphaned and abandoned children of NPH with a poignant account of how the orphans took in children from the nearby dump for schooling and daycare.
Popcorn and beer, cash sweepstakes, homemade crafts, silent auction, free hayrides, horseshoes and games for all ages will be offered at the fiesta.
The Knights of Columbus Councils and Friends of the Orphans hope to raise $10,000 for the orphans at this year's fiesta. Cost is $12.50 for adults and $5 for children.
For reservations, call Phil Haverkamp at 829-5950.
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