St. Mary Catholic Church’s 129th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Dinner is Tuesday | AspenTimes.com

St. Mary Catholic Church’s 129th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Dinner is Tuesday

Staff report

St. Mary Catholic Church’s 129th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Dinner is from 4 to 8 p.m. today. This is the longest continuously run charity event in Aspen’s history. The first dinner was held in 1887 to help raise $21,000 to build the current church structure.

The goal of the event is to raise money for the St. Mary’s Charity Assistance Fund. The proceeds are distributed to those in need throughout the Roaring Fork Valley regardless of the recipients’ faith. St.Mary’s Parish and the Western Slope Catholic Charities work together to provide family advocacy, food, housing, utilities, transportation, thrift-store vouchers and prescription, medical and dental care to those in need. The Aspen Homeless Shelter also receives a portion of the funds.

The dinner’s menu remains the same for the past 129 years featuring: Roast beef and pork roast, homemade mashed potatoes, fresh cole slaw, green beans and desserts served with ice cream. Many items are prepared thanks to our local restaurants.

The Silent Auction will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. featuring items such as Aspen Skiing Co. lift passes, element 47 and Hotel Jerome dinners, Viceroy stay, Ritz-Carlton gift card, Snowmass Club (golf for four), Apple products from iPro Center, Aspen Club personal training, local restaurant and retail gift certificates, clothing, artwork, other unique home and specialty items.

There is not a fixed price for the dinner but the church asks for a free will donation to its “St. Patrick’s Charity Assistance Fund.” You can also donate directly and securely through http://www.stmaryaspen.org.

St. Mary Catholic Church is located at 533 E. Main St.

The dinner is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Nick and Sabrina Kertz are the chairpersons. Call the church office at 970-925-7339 if you would like additional information.


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