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Fundraiser Saturday For Spring Break Mission Trip

on February 28, 2019 - 11:11am
Youth and adults on a Spring Break Mission Trip to build homes for the poor in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

The time has come for the annual fundraising efforts of the United Church of Los Alamos, as they prepare to build homes for the poor during spring break in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

The United Church has championed this work since 1986, building nearly 150 houses with the help of many locals and a few beyond who return year after year. When a partnership expanded to include the fine folks of the Unitarian Universalist Church, that web of love grew even bigger.

These adults and youth have had the opportunity to make the world a better place, thanks to donations from community businesses and individuals.

According to Laura Erickson, one half of the team of Randy and Laura who work endlessly to make this effort come to fruition year after year, it is time for change.

“We thought we would try something new, realizing that most of us don’t need more stuff,” Erickson said. “We want to celebrate the contributions made over the years by so many faithful supporters.”

So the church will host a free dinner Saturday to support past contributors and those who would like to help this year. Local restaurants will donate food for the dinner and Mike Lippiatt will conduct a very small live auction after dinner. Those interested in attending the dinner can contact the church office at 505.662.2971.

The select items, Erickson refers to as, “The Greatest Hits,” include an original painting by Betty Nance Smith, an Art Glass bowl, a hand-made wooden cutting board, a dessert of the month, dinners at local homes and gift baskets from Pet Pangaea, the Los Alamos Co+op Market and more.

The dining portion of the evening includes:

  • Salad & Bread from Pajarito Brewpub;
  • Perogies from Cottonwood on the Greens;
  • Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas from El Parasol;
  • Pulled Pork from Bob’s Bodacious Barbecue;
  • Pasta Salad from Pasta Paradiso;
  • Vegetable Dish from Sirphey;
  • Beverages from Ruby K’s; and
  • Dessert from Pig + Fig Café.

“Please make sure to thank these local restaurants for their generosity in supporting Mexico Mission 2019,” Erickson said. “Let them know you appreciate their community spirit!”

Those wishing to make financial contributions will find that $7,200 has been offered to provide matching donations to ensure the success. The goal is to raise $20,000 to send 65 youth and adults on the week-long mission to once again build three homes for those less fortunate, in Puerto Penasco.

Donations can be mailed to the church at 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos or brought by the church office during regular business hours.

Direct questions concerning the trip, project or dinner to the United Church at 505.662.2971.

The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo


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