Will Morlock, junior warden of St. Peter’s Church, announced that the fund raising event of the preceding evening raised $53,000 for the outreach program, a new parish record. It was only a few years ago that the triennial fund-raiser was an auction of mostly old furniture that raised $15,000. This year the event became a cocktail and silent auction attended by over 200 from the parish and greater community whose support will translate into awards made to active charities in our area. The announcement was made at today’s service held in a tent to accommodate scores of animals that participated in the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi who lived in the 13th century.
The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, vicar of St. Peter’s introduced Katia Chapman, a 2012 Vassar graduate who is on the staff of Rural & Migrant Ministry run by Rev. Richard Witt. She described how two women whose first contact with the English language was when their families were agricultural workers and in the Rural & Migrant Ministry program. One has graduated from college and the second is now attending college. The Ministry is one of the charities supported by the outreach program.
Other charities supported by St. Peter’s outreach are Dutchess County Community Action, Grace Smith House, the Literacy Connection and Episcopal Charities. Direct assistance to families in need is provided by the Adopt-a Family effort that is mainly a Christmas function but runs for much of the year.