Meatball Cook-Off: Great Success!
St. Francis Meatball Cook-off Fundraiser a huge success
…Raised over $13,000 for “Baby Sam” Kelly
Mary’s Open Kitchen mother and daughter team, Pat Pope and Claudia Pope-Bayne, fight to the finish taking home the title of Best Meatball!
On April 3, twenty contestants battled for the title of Best Meatball at the Hoboken Elks Lodge. With a sold out crowd of more than 300 people, contestants competed for the popular vote to progress to the finals judged by professional chefs.
St. Francis Church has been praying for “Baby Sam” Kelly, who was born prematurely on September 15, 2010 at 22 weeks weighing only 1 pound 15 ounces. His mother, Caroline Kelly, gave birth prematurely as a result of a car accident she was in during her 16th week of pregnancy.
St. Francis Helpers organized the event to assist the family of “Baby Sam”, but it was not possible without the help and support of fellow parishioners of St. Francis Church and members of the community who pitched in to help make the event a success.
There was an tremendous response for donations and volunteers. In total, more than $13K was raised for Baby Sam.
“It’s overwhelming to see how much effort went into this. There’s such generosity from strangers who don’t even know us, yet came out to support us,” Caroline, 26 said. “There are no words to describe how I feel, this is just really amazing.”
Baby Sam is still in the hospital and is still on the respirator today, but Caroline and her husband, Hugh Kelly, are hopeful.
“Right now he’s in rehabilitation and will probably be able to come home within one to two months,” Hugh, 29, said. “He’s doing very well now and is getting stronger and stronger everyday.”
About St. Francis Helpers
St. Francis Helpers is a newly formed volunteer group focused on encouraging a strong sense of community within St. Francis Church and Hoboken by creating various volunteer opportunities for those who are interested. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/stfrancishoboken.
Strut your cooking skills for a charitable cause
Think you’re a good chef? Perhaps with a penchant for meatballs?
What about having fun with your recipe – while helping those in need?
Sounds up your alley? Then read on, pardner!
The 1st Annual Meatball Cook-Off – April 3rd, 2011
All proceeds from this event will benefit “Baby Sam” Kelly and will assist the Kelly family with medical expenses, during this difficult time. Baby Sam Kelly is the second child of Hugh and Caroline Kelly.
Caroline was in a taxi cab accident during her 16th week of pregnancy and, as a result, Baby Sam was born prematurely at 26 weeks weighing only 1 lb 15 oz.
Contestants will compete for the title of “Best Meatball!”
If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and additional details.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased before and after St. Francis Masses or by visiting the Rectory at 308 Jefferson St. in Hoboken
Organized by St. Francis Helpers – Visit their Facebook page.