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September 8, 1989  III The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 7 Mustang magic ..... ,, 5;t. Bernard parish in 00port wipes out defic! : with car giveaway By MICHELLE GIRTEN Message Staff Writer It only took one ticket. Don Risley, of Richland, Ind., bought one $25 ticket for the grand prize giveaway of the St. Bernard Church, Rockport, social, and won a thoroughly restored 19641/2 red, converti- ble, Ford Mustang. Risley's wife, Joan, described the event: "He (Don) was com- ing back from Owenshoro and stopped at the Patronville store .... He ,saw the tickets on the counter and bought one. It was about a week before the social." Of the 1,300 tickets sold, the winning ticket was one of the last five. "Our son-in-law," continued Mrs. Risley, "belongs to the parish (St. Bernard's) and he was at the picnic. He's the one who called us." Her husband, she said, "was very calm, as usual." She and a son, however, were very excited. "It seemed like it took forever to get there (Rockport)," she said. "It was very, very exciting." She added that they had many acquaintances in the town and that those at the picnic were happy for them. The decision to give away a vintage car as a grand prize dur- ing the summer social was a product of St. Bernard's school board fundraising committee. Although the car was "a fun idea," it was planned for serious reasons, according to Gene Steinkamp, member of the fundraising committee and the one who spearheaded this par- ticular project. "The finance committee," said Steinkamp, "was projec- ting a deficit for the end of this fiscal year. We were looking for a fundraiser. This idea appeal- ed to me. We thought that this would be unique. I wanted something that would be fun," he said, because the level of en- thusiasm affects a project. "We knew exactly what car we wanted," he continued, "a 1965 or 1966 Mustang converti- ble. We got a 19641/2. It coincid- ed with the 25th anniversary of the Mustang which was timely." Asked if he felt the car giveaway was a success, Father i .i! !. i!:  : "  ii I Built in 1825 for Noon Day Stage Coach Stop & Trading Post OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA 12 MILES NORTH OF EVANSVILLE 1 MILE EAST OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD OLDEST ORIGINAL I Dine in the Original Log Room that Abraham Lincoln was in -in November 1844 DINNERS SERVED by Ala Carte Menu or FAMILY STYLE for 4 or More Draught Beer - Wine - Cocktails DINING ROOM SEATING 500 Serving Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Evansville Telephone 867-3216 GENE and RITA ELPERS, Proprietors Ray Kuper, the new pastor of St. Bernard, answered with a quick and decisive, "Yes. Every ticket was sold." Steinkamp corroborated this opinion fully. "It accomplished every goal we had hoped for. It put us back in the black and wiped out the deficit." Any in- itial skepticism grew into en- thusiasm. One family, said Steinkamp, originally commit- ted to sell only ten tickets because they were worried they could not sell more. They even- tually sold over 100. The turnout for the picnic also seemed to be aided by the giveaway. Despite the stifling heat of August 27, the Sunday of the social, there were people present who did not belong to the parish or who had not at- Bulletin I Continued from page 6 Miraculous Medal Novena of the Blessed Mother, every Mon- day night, 7 p.m., at St. Benedict Church, 1312 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville. All are welcome. Support groups The Widowers' Support Group of Jasper, will hold its meeting, Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph parish center, St. Joseph Church, Jasper. The video, "Living Life Fully -- In Love" by Leo Buscaglia will be shown. Anyone who has ex- perienced a loss may attend. Family Anonymous meets every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, 918 W. Mill Road, Evansville. For family members feeling desperation because someone near them is suffering from alcoholism or other drug abuse. Twelve-step approach enables families to learn to live more comfortably. Call 424-8344. tended before. "We gave the car away at 4:30," said Steinkamp, "by 4:45 it was a ghost-town." It would seem that with the overwhelmingly positive results the parish of St. Bernard would certainly attempt a repeat performance next year. This is not necessarily so. There are several reasons why the parishioners may decide against the idea. "We don't know if we're go- ing to do it again," said Steinkamp. One reason is fairly obvious. Hopefully there will be no need to attend to a loom- ing deficit Another reason for hesitance is less self-evident. Steinkamp explained that part of the snowball of excitement was wrapped up in the car itself and Depressed Anonymous, a sup- port group for persons suffering from depression, meets at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at St. Mark'S Lutheran Church, 2300 Washington Avenue, Evansville. Call the Mental Health Associa- tion, 479-0956. Parents Using ToughLove, a self-help orogram for parents troubled by teen-age behavior, meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1820 Stringtown Road, Evansville. For information, call the Mental Health Association, 479-0956. SHARE, for parents who have experienced the loss of an infant, meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month-at St. Mary's Medical Center, 3700 Washington Avenue, Evansville. For information, contact Mary Beth Lodato at 479-4007. Rappin', a support group for all area teens, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday each month at No- ble Roman's Pizza, 2403 . CHURCH WINDOW RESTORATION & STORM GLASS WINDOWS AND TIFFANY-STYLE SHADES DESIGNED, FABRICATED & REPAIRED 1220 FIRST AVENUE., EVANSVILLE, IN 47710 TIMOT v - DAE;SEL PRESIDENT PHONE: 425-8658 AREA CODE: 812 Watch for our ad! also the novelty of the project. "The car was so stunning, said Steinkamp, "how do you top that? The people at Classic Car Restoration in Owensboro did such a wonderful job on this car." Also, he said, "the power of first impression was very evi- dent." This year it was unique but it might become routine if repeated Despite the uncertainties of next year, the parish of St. Ber- nard can rest in the glow of suc- cess from this year. And remember the special en- thusiasm the fundraising pro- ject evoked. Said Steinkamp, "Someone told me that when the car was driving away you could have heard a pin drop." III Washington Avenue, Evansville. Each meeting a different topic is discussed, possibly one that is not discussed at home. Time for questions and answers. Call the Mental Health Association, 479-0956. W & R (Widowed and Rebuilding), a support group for 50-year-aids and under, meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 7:15-8:45 p,m., at the Oak Hill Evangelical Free Church, 1026 Oak Hill Road (at Weinbach and Vogel Road next to Fire Dept.} Small group sharing and support. For more informa- tion call the Mental Health Association. "Friend to Friend" program needs volunteers for correspon- ding through letters or visiting a patient (friend) at the Evansville State Hospital. For more informa- tion call the Mental Health Association, 479-0956. Please send Bulletin Board in- formation to Michelle Girten, The Message, P.O. Box',4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169, The deadline is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication date. N i A fO " -" FDIG WASHINGTON PLAINVILLE 254-4630 687-7287 PEOPLES MONEY STORE 254-1313 --1989 TEMBER 22 - ?3,-