Halloween fundraiser benefits homeless Carbon families
Special to the TIMES NEWS Dressed to impress at the "That 70s Show" Halloween Party and fundraiser for Family Promise of Carbon County recently at the West End Saloon in Palmerton, front from left, seated, Tina Ahner, Nick Feinsilber and Tara Anders; second row, Cindy Gasper, Deanna Mistretta, Melissa Binder, president, Lorraine Paules and Tara Willingham; third row, Fred Miller, Jessica Gasper, Tim Lorah, Stuart Henritzy and Melissa Kolnik; fourth row, Dee Evans and Rick Bierman; and fifth row, Barry Hahn, and Derrick Drey, restaurant chef/manager.
Over $300 was raised during "That 70s Show" Halloween Party and fundraiser held recently at the West End Saloon in Palmerton.
Hosted by the Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle of Friends, the event included dinner, as well as participants dressed in 70s attire. There was also a trivia contest and giveaways.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Promise, Carbon County's homeless families and children, according to Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle of Friends member Cindy Gasper.
Gasper noted that West End Saloon owner Derrick Drey donated proceeds from drink specials from the night, and people donated items in cash, along with many supplies.
"Claddagh Keepers helped with the event, and would like to give thanks to the West End Saloon for all their help, and to those many good people who keep supporting the charities," Gasper said. "As in the past, the event was very successful with a packed house and great local fun."
Gasper said those who would like to track future events, or to join the Claddagh Keepers, can visit Facebook and like them.
Family Promise of Carbon County is a nonprofit 501c (3) and nondenominational organization that serves homeless families in the county.
It is one of over 152 networks across the country, and utilizes existing resources in its churches to form a network of at least 13 congregations who are willing to house homeless families in their buildings for seven consecutive nights, four times per year.
There are over 4,500 congregations and 110,000 volunteers that make up these networks. Based on the support of volunteers and host congregations, Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) programs are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising opportunities.
For more information, visit www.familypromisecarboncounty.com.