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St. Joe aims for family fun at fundraiser

May. 18, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The sunshine was just what Carol Gale, advancement administrator at St. Joseph Catholic School, was looking for at the inaugural Luau on the Lot event Saturday afternoon.

The fun took place on the St. Joseph property along 5th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, which was renamed "The Ohana Center" for the occasion, said Gale.

The goal of the event was to raise $10,000 for the St. Joe's P.T.O., which contributes everything from pencils and notebooks to computers and SMART Boards to the school each year, said Gale.

While it might take fundraising to put items into the school, Gale said the main goal of the event is to reach out into the community.

"We are raising money, but what makes this work isn't just about the money," said Gail. "It's about being open to the community, even for families who don't have students at St. Joe, and giving them an afternoon where they can have fun and enjoy themselves in a different way."

The Ohana Center, was home to a petting zoo as well as Hawaiian-themed games and activities during the afternoon. "Ohana" is a Hawaiian word for "family," Gale said.

As the afternoon wore on, local bands including Kala DeHart and the Rivertown Band and the Oakwood Road Band took to the Ohana stage as guests enjoyed a Hawaiian-style pig roast and barbecue meals.

Scott Blatt, a St. Joe's parent, was in charge of the pig roast Saturday.

He said the biggest difference at St. Joe's is more about the tight-knit community than any dollar amount.

"It's a small school, so everyone knows everyone," said Blatt. "It's easy to become friends with other parents, and it's that open community that makes us unique. Everyone is like family."

For more information about future events, visit http://stjosephgs.org.



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