Dwight parish dinner raises $11,500 for tornado relief

DWIGHT — A “tornado relief benefit” sponsored by St. Patrick’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the parish Altar and Rosary Society raised about $11,500 to assist victims of the June 5 storm that caused extensive damage to the village’s south side.

More than 800 meals were served June 19 during the fundraiser at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. U.S. Foodservice provided food, and other food donations were brought in by parishioners.

The proceeds have been added to a relief fund established in the community. Another fundraiser — a 10-hour music fest beginning at 3 p.m. — is planned this Saturday, July 24, at Willie’s Pub in Dwight.

In other parish news, Ginger Connor has retired as St. Patrick’s education director after serving for 13 years. She oversaw all aspects of the education program for kindergarten through high school students.

The new director is Heather Boucher, who formerly taught eighth grade at St. Patrick’s. Heather and her husband, Matt, have three children.

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