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Annual Evening of Hope returns: Goal is to raise $30,000 for Mosinee food pantry

Goal is to raise $30,000 for Mosinee food pantry

5:47 PM, Sep. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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The Community Center of Hope, a local non-profit group, will hold its fourth annual Evening of Hope fund raiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 5, at Memories Ballroom & Restaurant, 1845 Highway NN, Marathon. All proceeds go to support the Hope Food Pantry that serves people who live in the southern portion of Marathon County.

This year the goal is to raise $30,000, bringing the four-year total raised at more than $100,000 - thus the motto "30 to 100."

Like the past Evenings of Hope, this year's event will be an elegant, enjoyable evening that combines food tasting unique dishes prepared by 15 or more amateur and professional chefs, the excitement of bidding on approximately 70 quality items at a silent auction, the wit and humor of master of ceremonies Rick Koehler, and vocal performances by Lisa Haessly and Lisa Akey, as well a musical performance by classical violinist Karen Allen, and a raffle of Green Bay Packers-related items such as tickets for two different games and other prizes.

The Hope Food Pantry serves 400 to 590 people each month. On a monthly basis, five to eight tons of meat, bakery, produce, canned goods and boxed goods is given away to those in need. As a regional food pantry, which is open three days a week, the Hope Food Pantry helps other local food pantries and churches to prevent hunger in southern Marathon County.

This food comes from food drives run by local groups as well as in-kind donations of food from a number of churches, businesses and individuals. In addition, supplemental purchases are made from regional food banks and from local grocery stores. These purchases are funded by grants, donations and sponsorship from a variety of local businesses, foundations, churches, civic groups and individuals. Contributions are tax deductible.

The Community Center of Hope is managed by its executive director, Mary Pat Campbell, and is overseen by a local board of directors. In addition to the Hope Food Pantry, the Community Center of Hope Inc. also runs a thrift store with the involvement of approximately 50 volunteers.

Additional information on the Community Center of Hope and the Evening of Hope can be obtained by calling 715-693-7145, via e-mail at info@cchope.net, on its website at www.cchope.net or by writing to the Community Center of Hope at 607 13th St., Mosinee, W1 54455.

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