Support the Catholic schools at today’s turkey dinner

Published 10:36 pm Saturday, October 24, 2009

It is October and once again it is “Turkey Dinner Time!” For those of you who are unaware of what that means, it is the Ironton Catholic Schools Support Organization’s largest annual fundraiser.

Each year, on the last Sunday of October, we hold our Turkey Dinner in the St. Joseph Church undercroft. This year the dinner will be held on today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The first turkey dinner was in 1974, so this year marks the 35th year. It was originally a dinner done for the football homecoming. The first dinner was organized by Larry and Bobbi Shelton who were in charge of Ways and Means for the St. Lawrence Home and School Association. They had 15 turkeys and were not expecting the crowd. They ran out of turkey and got chicken and ham to serve. They still ran out of food before the dinner ended.

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Greg Weber has probably been involved since the first dinner. Larry isn’t sure how many people worked but he guessed about 15. The nuns also helped.

Many hours of preparation and hard work are contributed to help make our dinner successful.

More than 2,000 dinners are cooked and served by volunteers. Although carry-out dinners are a major part of this event, more than 700 people join their family and friends for a delicious meal of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, cranberries, dessert and a beverage.

Dinner guests are seated at festively decorated tables and are served by students of our Ironton Catholic Schools.

St. Lawrence Elementary students display their talents by providing the centerpieces and wall décor.

In order to ensure success, parents in both schools give their time and help with the dinner. We also have some volunteers who no longer have students in our schools, but generously give their time and talent to help us succeed.

As in past years, there will be a craft and bake sale. Again this year you may purchase chances for raffle items, such as a beautiful wreath donated by Weber’s Florists, a gift certificate donated by A Touch of Grace, a delightful lighted snowman and a Lincoln Log set.

We are ever so grateful for all of our turkey dinner patrons whose names are listed on our placemats.

We are also thankful to the many of you who come to visit us sharing in the fellowship and warmth of this wonderful meal. Ironton is a great community and we are blessed each year with continued support.

Come to join your neighbors, family and friends. We sincerely hope to see you there!

Sissy Clyse

Development Director Ironton Catholic Schools