CHERRY — Members of the Holy Trinity Cherry Parish delivered on a very successful fish fry and fundraiser March 30. Parish members, along with more than 200 citizens of surrounding communities, enjoyed a fun evening of camaraderie and fellowship. Most importantly, more than $1,500 was raised to benefit Holy Trinity’s “Utility Fund for the Needy.”
Stewardship Committee members have identified the three neediest groups in their community as the underprivileged, the under or unemployed and the elderly. Funds raised from this event are targeted to benefit a specific group of the underprivileged who are current clients in the federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LiHeap). A small percentage of the participants in this program will face potential utility shut off in April or May.
“I think Holy Trinity did a great job going into this without knowing exactly what to expect. These funds will have an immediate positive effect on the truly needy in the Cherry, Ladd, Arlington areas,” said Linda Wenzel, LiHeap southern site supervisor out of the Princeton office.
The committee has a list of events scheduled throughout 2012, all with the purpose of promoting parish enthusiasm, fellowship and camaraderie, while at the same time benefiting targeted needy groups.
Father Patrick Fixsen says “One of the biggest challenges is to have some money set aside and available for those who are in most need of help financially with their electric bills. With great thanks to our parishioners, and those who supported our first fish fry, we now have some money which can be used on a limited basis to help people during the challenging times of today.”