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Eggstravaganza to benefit all-volunteer program
Annual omelet breakfast set for Dec. 4
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From left: Al DeGroot and Carl Joaquin, both former presidents of St. Vincent de Paul Society, and current president Pete Padron, are shown inside the organizations quarters at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. - photo by GLENN KAHL

The annual Eggstravaganza Omelet Breakfast to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, after all the Masses.

Tickets at $7 apiece for adults and $4 for children will be available at the door. Advance tickets can be obtained from any member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society or by calling (209) 823-8099.

The event will be held in the St. Anthony’s School gym on the corner of Fremont Avenue and Sutter Street.

This is the only fund-raiser being held during the year to help the all-volunteer program at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. It is also the only non-profit organization in the area which opens its doors every weekday, except on a few holidays, from 1 to 4 p.m. to people in need of food, clothing or any other emergency.

Other sources of funds that keep the charitable program going come from parishioners of St. Anthony’s. Second collections from all the Masses offered every fifth Sunday of the month during the y ear are earmarked for St. Vincent de Paul Society. Group president Pete Padron, who will be one of the cooks at the omelet breakfast – he is always the one wearing a red and white Santa hat – said that parishioners have always been “very generous” with their donations to the Society.

Every penny from the omelet breakfast and from the collections go to serve the needy in the area in the form of food, clothing, food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other family emergencies.

Money given to the charitable organization goes a long way. Last month alone, St. Vincent de Paul Society assisted 690 families which included 1,250 adults and 960 children.

Volunteers distributed the annual Thanksgiving food baskets on Tuesday. More than 300 baskets were given away.

Those who can’t make it to the omelet breakfast but would like to contribute to St. Vincent de Paul so that they can continue their philanthropic work for the needy can make a donation anytime to the organization. They are thankful to receive any amount. For more information, call the organization’s office, located at 525 E. North Street, at (209) 823-8099.