St. Thomas Aquinas youth have nearly reached their fundraising goals to travel to the National Catholic Youth Conference this fall, but one last fundraiser will hopefully cover the last of the expenses. On Sept. 8 the youth will host a bingo event at the church to raise the remaining $2,000.
The teens have been fundraising in preparation of this trip since November of 2012, says Dan Hurt director of religious education.
“We’ve had several fundraisers,” Hurt says. “We’re hoping the bingo event will cover the rest.”
The youth group has already hosted had a previous bingo night, a stock sale, a quilt raffle, a 50-50 raffle, a rummage sale and a Rock-a-Thon.
At the upcoming bingo event, players will pay $20 for the first card and $10 for each additional card, says Hurt. Doors open at 5 p.m. with bingo starting at 6 p.m.
“We will have a raffle during the bingo to earn some extra money, and then we will have food and stuff available for sale,” Hurt says. “All proceeds from that will go to the youth.”
The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Nov. 21 – 23.
“(The conference) is basically a whole bunch of Catholics,” Hurt says. “There will be about 30,000 Catholics there from all over the nation.”
The convention takes place in the Indianapolis Colts’ Stadium and costs $500 per student to attend. There will be 17 to 18 St. Thomas Aquinas youth going on the trip.
“They’ll have singers there, they’ll have shows with a lot of spiritual guidance, and they’ll have a lot of priests and a lot of bishops there,” Hurt says. “It’s almost like the one time where priests and bishops get to be the superstars of the event, basically.”
National Catholic Youth Conference describes itself as “an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones.”
For more information about the youth conference, visit www.ncyc.nfcym.org. To donate to the St. Thomas Aquinas Youth for their trip expenses, contact the church at 515-832-1190.
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