Autumn Harvest Festival Assists Madonna House of Catholic Charities

FINALIZING THE DETAILS: Event Chairpersons Mary Dezell and Dixie Highberger met with two young women who are residing at the Madonna House to finalize some of the event details.

The 17th annual Autumn Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival benefiting Madonna House of Catholic Charities will be Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bishop Kelley High School, 3905 South Hudson Ave., Tulsa.

The festival draws more than 80 exhibitors with a wide variety of products. Those interested in exhibiting are asked to contact Stephanie Wolf at (918) 251-9946. Attendees can browse jewelry, florals, handbags, fudge, crafts and home décor items in addition to a wide array of foods. Concessions will be sold all day. The Knights of Columbus will sell hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch and the Autumn Harvest Pantry will sell baked goods. Tickets are $3 at the door and all proceeds go to the Catholic Charities Madonna House Program.

The Autumn Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Madonna House Auxiliary, an organization with more than 600 members that support the Madonna House residential maternity home. It is dedicated to helping pregnant women, new moms and newborns. The Madonna House assists women through lodging, nutrition, linkage with health care, professional counseling and child care education, as well instruction leading to a or support toward post high school education. There are no fees required for the women who benefit from this program. Madonna House staff and volunteers help women in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The mission of Catholic Charities, according to officials, “is to bring Christ’s love to those who suffer in our midst.” Last year, 50,000 people in need benefited from the services of the 14 programs of Catholic Charities. Most services are offered at no cost. Assistance is provided without regard for race, color, or creed. Approximately 85 percent of those served are not of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Charities staff and more than 1,650 volunteers carry out the mission. Catholic Charities is not a United Way agency and receives limited federal funds. Individuals and charitable organizations provide 95 percent of the funding for operation.

The exhibitor chairperson is Stephanie Wolf. Event Chairpersons are Mary Dezell and Dixie Highberger. Committee members are President Char Hille, Anne Warsuzewski, Alison Stookey, Gail Hobbs, Lynn Creider, Cassy Lynch, Judi Roberts, Donna Wooten, Karla Conner, Pat Leikam, Cathy Demond, John O’Neill, Lindsay Hughes and Tish Stuart.

Sponsoers include Williams, Cox Communications, Knights of Columbus 6606, Jack Carlson of MADJAX Sign Co., Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers and Bishop Kelley High School.

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Updated 08-23-2010

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