How successful was the benefit breakfast on Nov. 14 at All Saints Church in Lansing? Let’s just say that if this fundraiser was staged every Sunday, area restaurants might get a tad nervous about losing customers.
Approximately 200 people turned out for the breakfast that took place following the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, replacing the normal coffee hour. A total of $772 in net proceeds was raised as those in attendance enjoyed pancakes, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, apple sauce and beverages.
“It was very successful, especially because we’re such a small church. We got tremendous help and support from the parish,” said Andra Benson, who coordinates the parish’s religious-education and youth programs.
All Saints’ youth group held the breakfast to support a child they have adopted through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a lay Catholic organization that matches sponsors with children and adults in developing nations around the world.
“The really neat thing about it is, they’ve met the little boy they sponsor,” said Benson, noting that the youth group got to spend time with Selvino Manolo while on a service trip to Guatemala earlier this year.
Benson added that the All Saints youths hope to return to Guatemala in 2005, continuing a longstanding annual tradition. They have also made past missionary trips to impoverished areas of West Virginia and South Carolina.