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.

3/8/2011:

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

St. Francis of Hoboken Presents The 1st Meatball Cook-off Sunday, April 3, 2011 (2-6pm) at the Hoboken Elks Lodge (10th & Washington).

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 stfrancishoboken@gmail.com 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.

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9 Comments on "Meatball Cook-Off: Great Success!"

Mrs. L
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Mrs. L

Happy the event was a success. Glad that the community can still come together.

sasha
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sasha

Happy to hear it was a success- and for such a good cause- God Bless. Also, Mary’s
Open Kitchen was the best luncheonette in Hoboken back in the day- everyone at
Hoboken High went there for lunch – Mary Manobianco was the greatest – God Bless
her: and I know Pat and Claudia- the best cooks (they took lessons from Pat’s mother,
Mary!

cooper71
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cooper71

Ahhh..the lunch special…cheeseburger, ff, and a pepsi…2.50! Ang where’s my fries!![quote comment=”205327″]Happy to hear it was a success- and for such a good cause- God Bless. Also, Mary’sOpen Kitchen was the best luncheonette in Hoboken back in the day- everyone atHoboken High went there for lunch – Mary Manobianco was the greatest – God Blessher: and I know Pat and Claudia- the best cooks (they took lessons from Pat’s mother,Mary![/quote]

Irish
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Irish

$25 to attend a meatball cook-off?!?! I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot there, make it a reasonable $10 with additional donations accepted if you really want to generate a crowd.

upyurs
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upyurs

HEY IRISH IT WAS A FUND RAISER FOR A BABY AND THERE WERE 300 AT THE ELKS OVER 10,000 DOLLARS WAS RAISED. AND CONGRATS TO CLAUDIA AND HER HUSBAND TERRY AND HER MOM PAT FOR WINNING WITH THE BEST MEATBALLS NAMED AFTER HER GRAND PARENTS RESTAURANT MARY,S OPEN KITCHEN. [quote comment=”204183″]$25 to attend a meatball cook-off?!?! I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot there, make it a reasonable $10 with additional donations accepted if you really want to generate a crowd.[/quote]

Irish
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Irish

hey @UPYURS ——– FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU!
I made a very logical argument WHY the price might be counter productive! I did NOT say it wasn’t a good cause!
and @wiskeytango1 ah no but nice try at a slap on my heritage 🙄 [quote comment=”205310″]HEY IRISH IT WAS A FUND RAISER FOR A BABY AND THERE WERE 300 AT THE ELKS OVER 10,000 DOLLARS WAS RAISED. AND CONGRATS TO CLAUDIA AND HER HUSBAND TERRY AND HER MOM PAT FOR WINNING WITH THE BEST MEATBALLS NAMED AFTER HER GRAND PARENTS RESTAURANT MARY,S OPEN KITCHEN.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Irish ,,up your blarney stone,,You would spend more than that at Willly McBrides in one night…The procedes were for two sick children…Btw the Native Americans were here before your heritage..It was your stupid opinion,and not a logical argument..It was just a dumb comment.. 😆 [quote comment=”205334″]hey @UPYURS ——– FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU!I made a very logical argument WHY the price might be counter productive! I did NOT say it wasn’t a good cause!and @wiskeytango1 ah no but nice try at a slap on my heritage [/quote]

cooper71
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cooper71

Hey now with the angst….@ Irish….Im sure if you knew what it cost to medically treat a preemie, you wouldnt say anything about the ticket price. My daughter was a 22 weeker, 1lb 3oz, spent 3 months and 5 days in the hospital and her bill was $990,000.00 They called her the million dollar baby….This baby is still in the hospital 7 months later…do the math.
My heart goes out to the Hughs….My daughter is 16 now, and it has had its ups and downs medically speaking. If anyone knows how to get in touch with them, please tell them us preemie parents are praying everyday for Sam and if they need to reach out, get me on here!![quote comment=”205338″]Irish ,,up your blarney stone,,You would spend more than that at Willly McBrides in one night…The procedes were for two sick children…Btw the Native Americans were here before your heritage..It was your stupid opinion,and not a logical argument..It was just a dumb comment.. [/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

irish,,if it was a cornbeef cabbage dinner and a keg of ale you would have gone for the 25 frogs,,This dinner was for a good cause.You can’t get anything like that in tuta pasta for that price. 😛 [quote comment=”205310″]HEY IRISH IT WAS A FUND RAISER FOR A BABY AND THERE WERE 300 AT THE ELKS OVER 10,000 DOLLARS WAS RAISED. AND CONGRATS TO CLAUDIA AND HER HUSBAND TERRY AND HER MOM PAT FOR WINNING WITH THE BEST MEATBALLS NAMED AFTER HER GRAND PARENTS RESTAURANT MARY,S OPEN KITCHEN. [/quote]

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