St louis catholic community to hold festival for the poor

According to Proverbs 22:9 in the Bible, “Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.” St. Louis Catholic Community in Pinecrest will do just that in addition to clothe, counsel and house the underprivileged in the community with its annual Festival for the Poor, which takes place Mar. 13-15.

“Our family-friendly event is crucial to many organizations that rely on our funds to help them provide programs for those in our community who are less fortunate,” said Betty and Ken Quinn, this year’s event coordinators. “We are doing a good deed, and having fun while doing it.”

The three-day event, which is approaching its 40th year in existence, has raised more than $1.7 million, with 100 percent of the profits from the event being contributed to non-profit agencies throughout the Miami-Dade Community, including agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, Camillus House, Kristi House, Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Project Cradle, and St. Ann’s Mission.

Parishioners and friends have donated thousands of hours organizing and planning the event that will feature rides, game booths, international food booths, raffles, dinners, auctions, live entertainment and arts and craft vendors.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to come together, fellowship, eat, and be entertained in a welcoming, safe environment, and it’s for such a worthy cause,” the Quinns said. “Please come out and be a part of something truly amazing because together, we can make a difference.”

The event is open to the public on Saturday, Mar. 14, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Mar. 15, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A silent auction will take place on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Betty Quinn at 305-281-3014, or send email to her at

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