SALEM- The St. Paul Loyal Christian Benefit Association (LCBA of St. Paul Catholic Church) will host its annual Benefit Spring Card Party and Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the St. Paul School gymnasium.
Tickets for the event are $5 each and will be on sale at the door on the night of the event. Card games such as Bridge, 500 and Euchre can be played. Participants are also encouraged to bring board games as well. Refreshments will be provided.
Door prizes, donated by members and local merchants, will be awarded throughout the night. The organization will also hold a benefit raffle, with prizes doubled from previous years to $400 for first place; $200 for second place; and $100 for third. Raffle tickets will be available at the card party or are available from any LCBA member. There will also be a Chinese Auction at the card party, with numerous items to be on display.
All proceeds from the event go toward local charities and community projects, according to the organization's president, Frances Ziegler.
"This is the main fundraiser of the year that enables us to give to various local charities," Ziegler said, noting that the raffle prize money has been doubled to entice more ticket purchases. "All the money we make we give back; so the more money we can raise, the more we can give back."
Boasting the motto "Touch Lives-Make a Difference," the LCBA is very active in the community. During the past year the group provided funding to multiple area organizations including the St. Paul Tuition Fund; St. Paul Banquet teams' expenses; Our Lady's Purse (St. Paul's help for local needy); Mobile Meals; Lifeline of Columbiana County; the Banquet in Salem Soup Kitchen; Christina Center's shelter for abused women; Salem Fire Department for educational fire safety material for Salem City Schools; St. Paul School sixth-grade retreat at Villa Maria, Pa.; and the Winter Wonderland (a Gingerbread house project) for Salem children.
Also during the past year members assisted the Lifeline office with its annual newsletter mailing; held a "pound party" and paper product shower for clients of Christina Center (collecting over 400 paper and personal items); and hosted its annual Christmas party and ornament exchange, during which members brought donations for Lifeline.
In addition to Ziegler, in charge of prizes, Card Party committee chairpersons are Dotti Miller, publicity; Carole Murray, tickets; Jan Schmidt, refreshments; and Pat Dumovic, decorations.
LCBA officers are Ziegler, president; Rose Bedell, vice president; Schmidt, secretary; Barbara Dumovic, treasurer; and Murray, Joan Cole, Betty Dangelo, Ruth Huggins and Miller, trustees.
The LCBA meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of February through May and September through December in the St. Paul School gymnasium.
Interested persons are invited to attend. For information call Ziegler at 330-337-7215.
Kevin Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org