Lodge 625 February News
Johnstown Christmas Market
Well 2021 is underway! GCU Lodge 625 hopes that everyone in the GCU family had an enjoyable holiday season despite the current pandemic situation. In December, Lodge 625 participated in the 2nd annual Johnstown Christmas Market with a food booth. The weather on Friday was not quite cooperative (it rained all evening) but the community still came out to support the event and Saturday’s weather was an improvement. The lodge members made pirohi, halushki, pagach and chicken noodle soup for sale during this two-day event. Proceeds from the event were matched by the Home Office and enabling the lodge to donate to a number of local charities in our area. We thank the Home Office for making Community Matching Funds available.
During the month of December lodge officers visited numberous local organizations and presented them with donations raised through the Christmas Market event. A total of $3,000 was distributed to the local charities including a $500 donation to the Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Uniontown, PA.
Because of the pandemic restrictions, the lodge and parish organizations were unable to hold their annual Christmas Party, so following Divine Liturgy on December 13 a donation was presented to Father Robert Oravetz in the amount of $12,600.00 from the Slavic Dinner and Cash Bash events that were held. The donation included $5,000 in Parish Matching Funds from the GCU. The lodge is grateful to the Home Office for the matching funds and to the individuals who attended these events to make this generous donation possible.
2nd Annual Cash Bash
As the year begins, there are still a number of uncertainties that surround many activities that the lodge has planned. The lodge event calendar was developed for the year, and the lodge will continue to monitor the ever-changing pandemic regulations and will adjust it accordingly when necessary. During the lodge’s annual meeting, it was decided to plan a 2nd Annual Cash Bash scheduled for April 17, 2021. If you would like to support this event by making a donation and for a chance to win some prizes, please reach out to Georgia Lehman 814-242-2083.
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