The Lebanese dinner and drawdown was held on Saturday, August 5 at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School. Over 200 hundred people attended this event that benefited the many ministries of Catholic Social Services of Montgomery. Tickets for the events included dinner for two and the chance to participate in the drawdown and the silent auction. The grand prize was $5,000. Among the guests in attendance was the most Reverend Archbishop Rodi who offered a blessing at the beginning of the meal.
Over 50 volunteers, including Boy Scouts from Troop 8 from St James United Methodist Church in Pike Road, Alabama, students from MCPS, CSS board members and employees, helped by selling tickets, cooking, setting up the room, organizing and displaying the silent auction items, serving food, and cleaning up at the conclusion of the dinner. Dan Luehrs, fundraising chairman of the board, said “the volunteers were amazing during the last three months preparing for the event and absolutely critical to making the event such a wonderful success. Special thanks go to Anne Caesar and MCPS for arranging to hold the event on school grounds when the original venue became unavailable.”
The menu for the evening included baked kibbee (ground meat and spices), yubra (stuffed grape leaves), coosa (stuffed squash), lubee (green beans), rice and broken noodles, Lebanese salat (salad), hummus and pita bread, and finally dessert, graibeh cookie and baklava. Tea, water, soft drinks, wine, and beer were also available thanks to the generosity of donors. The main courses were prepared by two teams of volunteers using recipes of local Lebanese American families while vegetables were donated by several local restaurants. Desserts were ordered from a Lebanese bakery in Michigan.
The event was very successful as guests truly enjoyed the meal, bid on the more than 120 silent auction items, and anxiously checked the drawdown board to see if their number was still present. John Sadie, one of the many Lebanese Catholics in Montgomery, emceed the evening and surprised attendees with numerous door prizes. An hour into the drawdown, Kristin Schwarz led people into a traditional
Lebanese dance that slowly snaked around the tables picking dancers here and there.
The next event to support Catholic Social Services of Montgomery will be the Saints & Sinners Walk and Run on October 28. Come enjoy the fun!
Thanks to “The Catholic Week” for input into the above text.