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Tim Patenode


The Gala, held each year in October, is a major fundraising event for St. Matthew’s. Gala Planning Team members plan and organize the event, solicit items to be auctioned off, and find people to sponsor “buy in” parties. For the buy in parties, one or more parishioners host an event where people pay a set fee to participate, or “buy in” (past events have included a game night, golf outing, Art Institute tour, and a host of other events). Buy in parties are a unique and special aspect of Gala and often help parishioners get to know each other better. We are always looking for adults and teens willing to assist. If you are interested in fundraising, party planning, socializing, and contributing with one big event, this is for you! We plan during August and September and the event is in early October. Depending on your level of involvement or task, this can be a group or individual activity.

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