THE LINTHICUM COMMUNITY can be very proud of its recent spectacular fair that raised money and brought in food for the North County Emergency Outreach Network.
It was especially successful because many people and organizations pulled together under the leadership of Martin Muller, chairman. He estimated attendance at 3,000 to 4,000, and the fair exceeded its goal of collecting 2,000 items for NCEON's pantry.
"We have an average of 30 families a day" coming in for food, said Marsha Frazier, president and chief executive officer of NCEON, who was thrilled by the food donations.
"It was just marvelous," she said. "The people do not know the impact they are having on somebody who is hungry and the difference they have made in someone else's life. It was the best fair ever. Even God cooperated with the weather. What blessings."
Two groups stood out in the number of items they collected for the drive:
The Girl Scout Cadets at St. Philip Neri School, who arranged for a "no uniform day" there for all children who brought in food for the cause. The result was 835 cans.
Cub Scout Troop 550, sponsored by Linthicum Elementary School, which set out to match the troop number by collecting 550 items and exceeded that goal.
The fair offered continuous entertainment, and Muller noted that "the talent was just phenomenal. These were people who entertained at the White House and Kennedy Center that performed for the Linthicum community. Some of the entertainers performed across the country and around the world, and then they shared their talents with us. It was all top-notch entertainment. And it was very much appreciated."
The spirit of giving was contagious. As much as the community enjoyed the entertainment, many performers expressed how much they enjoyed playing for the community. The enthusiasm was especially evident from the youths in St. Veronica's Steel Orchestra.
Winning participants in the parade that opened the festivities were Love to Cheer Cheerleaders, first place; St. John Lutheran Church Preschool, second place; and Brownie Troop 39, sponsored by St. Philip Neri School, best new entry.
The parade master of ceremonies was Dan Krimmelbein, a teacher at North County High School.
The day was so successful that many groups ran out of food to sell.
"It is such a great feeling of community when all the nonprofit organizations work together to earn money for their community charities and to support NCEON at the same time. Some organizations donate more than 20 percent of their profits to NCEON; some donate all their profits," said Bernadette Simon, publicity chairman.
Muller said he was grateful to the companies that supported the fair. All donations, large and small, added greatly to the success.
"It was really nice when people came up and said they had a great day like this for a community get-together. Many said they saw friends they hadn't seen in a long time. It was just a great time of fellowship for all," Muller said.
The United Methodist Women at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, will hold a Harvest Festival Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in the church's fellowship hall.
The menu for the $7 luncheon includes a choice of sandwiches, plus soup, salad, dessert and beverage. But you can also spend a little more at the baked goods and candy table or buy Christmas items and white elephant items at tables set up by church ladies circles.
Reservations are requested by Oct. 22. For more information, call Marge Holmes at 410-859-5939 or the church office at 410-859-0990.
Neri school craft fair
The public is invited to the annual fall craft fair at St. Philip Neri School, 6401 S. Orchard Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Three floors of handmade crafts will be on display for browsing and buying, and food will be for sale.
Carolyn Bonolis, chairman of the event, said proceeds will benefit the Home School Association. For information, call Bonolis at 410-761-2194 or the school office at 410-859-1212.