On the one hand, it’s a good thing. My January would be rather long and dismal after all the holiday festivities if I didn’t have it. On the other hand, I’m feeling like I need to do something different, something new, something….I’m not sure what. I’ve been doing this now for the past fifteen years. What’s my January gig? Fundraising. Ever since Emma started at St. John’s/St. Andrew’s Catholic School, I’ve been an active parent in our school’s largest fundraiser, our Steak and Wine. The bittersweet thing though – this is it. Miranda is a sixth grader. This is her last year at SJSA. She’s the last of our four children to attend our wonderfully caring – and close (about a mile!) – Catholic grade school.
That means this is my last year of working Steak and Wine! We’ll definitely attend as community members in the future. But, we’re going out with a bang. This is Marv’s and my second time of being the General Chairs. Who does that? Gluttons for punishment or just plain crazy people? All for a good cause!
So, here’s the scoop if you don’t have anything going on Saturday night, February 16th….or, if you want to delay your Valentine’s outing with your sweetheart by a few nights….come to the Greenwald Pub in the small town of Greenwald, MN. I will greet you; Marv will seat you. Your dinner choices include steak, walleye or grilled chicken breast, each served with a baked potato, full salad bar and all the complimentary wine you care to drink for $25.00/person. We serve from 5-8:30 pm and then the live auction starts.
What’s on the live auction, you say? Amazing stuff. Incredibly generous folks – individuals and businesses – have donated such items as a snowmobile helmet, a wooden drawer cabinet, hand-painted stemware, services such as rock picking, house cleaning and catering, vacation stays, half a hog, and gift baskets galore, just to name a few.
It’ll be a fun evening. It always is. I hope you can join us. And, here’s my personal thank you if you do – identify that you learned about Steak and Wine by reading this blog entry and I will give you a ticket redeemable for a free grasshopper (the ice cream drink; not a locust like John the Baptist ate!) that evening. Cheers!
Rita Meyer is married and the mother of four children. She and her family are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Meire Grove.