MINGO JUNCTION - From the Mingo High School Alumni homecoming this weekend to a dinner hosted by the village Knights of Columbus, a coalition of organizations, business and churches will be hosting a series of fundraisers for the Mingo Social Services organization to make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate.
The service organization helps distribute everything from clothing to food to those in need, and the fundraisers are to help the organization meet the need this holiday season. Sophie Schoolcraft, services organization director, said the need has increased substantially in the past few years.
"We used to be able to (help during the holidays) with just $7,000 or $8,000," said Schoolcraft. "Now we need $10,000 to $12,000."
HELPING OTHERS — Several village organizations, churches and establishments are coming together to assist the Mingo Social Services in raising money and holiday cheer for the less fortunate through a series of fundraisers. Those involved include, front, from left, the Rev. Kenn Sickle, pastor of the Mingo First United Presbyterian Church; Mingo Mayor Ron DiCarlo; Sophie Schoolcraft; the Rev. James Dunfee, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church; and back, Ed Fifthen, owner of the Parkview Inn; Jim McClung, volunteer; Terri Zink of the Schutzen Club; Judy Eddy; Jodilynn Fitzgerald of the Mingo Pride organization; and Lou Kakascik of the Mingo Knights of Columbus 4361. -- Mark Miller
Local churches typically assist with monetary donations, lists of names of clients to be served and anything else the service organization needs, said Schoolcraft.
The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with the Mingo High School Alumni homecoming, held in the village downtown and at various establishments. Activities will include live entertainment, home movies, videos and more, according to Penny Lynn Hazelip-Olmstead, event co-organizer.
"In the past two years the (annual) event has included mostly graduates from the classes of the 1970s, '80s and early '90s," said Hazelip-Olmstead, who also invited all classes of the former Mingo High School to come to the celebration. "We really don't want anyone to be left out.
"In addition to this fun-filled evening, volunteers want to make it even more meaningful and purposeful," continued Hazelip-Olmstead, adding the evening also will be an opportunity to give back to the community. "Monetary donations will be collected in each establishment to benefit the Mingo Social Services."
Sponsors for the alumni event include the Schutzen Club, the Parkview Inn and the Mingo American Legion Post 351. Funds from the sale of T-shirts during the event also will be donated to the social services organization. For information on the event, call Hazelip-Olmstead, at (740) 317-4810.
Also raising funds for the organization will be a dinner and dance Dec. 11 at the Mingo Knights of Columbus hall, 117 Legion Drive. The event, catered by Ohio Catering, will include social hour with appetizers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; dinner from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m; and dancing with disc jockey Rockin' Rodney from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dinner will include carved roast beef or chicken, homemade cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, vegetables, beverages and an assorted dessert display. A cash bar also will be available, and the cost is $17.95 per person. Reservations are due by Dec. 4 by calling (740) 543-3978 or (740) 512-6278.
For information, call (740) 535-9161. To donate, send checks payable to the Mingo Social Services and send to 501 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, OH 43938.