Charity Festival features recognition, entertainment, food and fun
The second annual charity festival, sponsored by the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, will be held Thursday, September 22 from 3-7 p.m. in El Dorado Springs at the Liston Center, 508 North Main. The highlight of the event is the recognition of two outstanding Cedar County organizations, the Ministerial Alliance in El Dorado Springs and the Ministerial Alliance in Stockton. In addition, entertainment, food trucks, family games, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw will be included in the evening’s activities.
The aim of the event is to highlight and honor charities and community supporters from across the region. West Central President and CEO Chris Thompson said, “We look forward to welcoming partner organizations, municipal government officials, charitable groups and families from the community.
Special recognition this year at the Festival of Charity is given to the Stockton Ministerial Alliance and the El Dorado Springs Ministerial Alliance. Each of these organizations will receive a $500 contribution to support their work. The Stockton Ministerial Alliance includes representatives from eight churches. Funding for their work in the community is supported by the SAMA Thrift store and includes the SAMA Community Food Pantry (located in the same building) and charitable activities such as providing emergency food, rental assistance , medical and water/utility funds. They are also instrumental in coordinating the Stockton Back to School Fair. Michael Tunnell, President of the Alliance, said, The Ministerial Alliance is a great way for churches to come together in service to meet spiritual and physical needs. Everyone works well together, and it’s rewarding to be able to do this work.
The El Dorado Springs Ministerial Alliance currently includes representatives from eight churches. Community work includes supporting the Hope Center Community Food Pantry, which serves 100 families a week and provides produce to 125 families. They also support the Diaper Pantry community and provide ongoing assistance to individuals and families for emergency needs. The group continues to seek new ministry opportunities and plans to add the “Garden of Hope” next year in partnership with the El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter. The new project will be a community garden to supplement the foods available to the Hope Center community. Treasurer Chad Daniel commented, “I appreciate how the churches have come together. They all work hard to fight food insecurity and prioritize the basic needs of the community.
Festival of Charity Entertainment will be provided from 3-6 p.m. by Centerline members Aaron Franklin and Charlie Davison. Ginelle Esry of El Dorado will be presented from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Silent Auction items include quilts, gift baskets, tickets to multiple shows and zoos, an oil painting, a duck call, and many other items. Family games and a bouncy house will be provided by the individual West Central unit, along with prizes and other family entertainment. Food trucks, including Bolivar’s Dusty Bob’s and Bella’ Walking Tacos, will be available for the evening’s dinner options.
The event’s 50/50 raffle draw will also take place. Raffle tickets are still available and can be purchased on site at the Festival. The winning pot is currently over $3,000. Additionally, organizations in attendance will be invited to enter a special draw of $500 to support their work, and each representative will receive an entry on behalf of their group.
For more information on this year’s Charity Festival, visit West Central’s Facebook page or www.wcmcaa.org, or contact Debbie Vickers, [email protected]