"CLOAK" Auction by Carol Vipavetz
An amazing event took place at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on October 27, 2018. The church's patron saint, Saint Martin of Tours, gave away half of his cloak to a needy person. The "CLOAK" Auction (Caring Loving Outreach Action Kindness) was a fundraiser for a very special group of children.
The St. Martin's Men's Fellowship (SMMF) hosted a silent and live auction, the proceeds of which will fill the tuition gap for many students at St. Vincent's Center for Children with Disabilities in Port au Prince, Haiti. The school serves 200 children who are either blind, deaf, or are missing limbs. Students' classroom education meets the individual needs of each of the students according to their disabilities. In addition, the children receive dental and medical care, daily meals, special education programs and much more. Tuition is $780 a year per student. Parents are asked to pay $130, leaving a gap of $650 for each student.
Auction attendees were served a delicious banquet of heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Among the many items up for auction were a Char-Broil infrared grill package, a vacation condo in Quebec, artwork, pottery, jewelry, carpentry services, a Husqvarna chain saw package, an oriental rug, and many more items. The principal of St. Vincent's School, Irvika Francois, was in attendance and gave the crowd information about the school as pictures and a video of the students were being shown.
The auction's revenue, totaling more than $20,000, will be donated directly to St. Vincent's Center. The generosity of the community members who participated that evening will cover the gap in tuition for more than 30 students. What an amazing gift of a brighter future for so many who have so little!
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