Every year, the parishioners of St Louis Catholic Church hold a three-day fundraising event, the Festival for the Poor. Now in its 38th year, the festival has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit the neediest in the Miami-Dade community. Parishioners and friends have worked thousands of hours organizing and operating the day event March 15-17. The Festival includes international food booths, games, rides, arts and crafts festival, raffles, silent auction, 5K run/walk, live entertainment and many more exciting activities.
One-hundred percent of the profits will go to local charities and agencies that feed, clothe, house and counsel children, single adults and families in Miami-Dade County. The need to take care of the less fortunate has grown tremendously, particularly over the last few years.
Last year’s recipients from the Festival for the Poor include Habitat for Humanity, Camillus House, Saint Ann’s Mission, Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, JAM Foundation, Jackson’s Project Cradle, Kristi House and the Sisters of Charity.
Unemployment is at its worst and has caused many individuals and families to seek help from public and private sources. The St Louis Catholic Church community has worked diligently over the last 37 years to help those less fortunate. The festival is one way to raise needed funding and help build a stronger community.