BRISTOL - The members of St. Josephâ€™s Polish Society recently presented the Christian Fellowship Center with a $7,200 check Thursday to support its Storehouse food pantry, clothing ministry and soup kitchen.
The society, in Forestville, raised the money in June through its 10th annual charity golf tournament, with the help of club members, community volunteers and local businesses.
Over the past decade, the society has donated over $87,000 to the food pantry and soup kitchen.
â€śThis has been a phenomenal support to what we do,â€ť said Dean Desjardins, the Christian Fellowship Centerâ€™s pastor. â€śThese guys work hard every year at this tournament, and weâ€™ve had a great time with them. Itâ€™s very successful every year.â€ť
â€śWe are happy to do it for a great cause,â€ť said Bob McFadden, the clubâ€™s president and co-chairman of the tournament with Art Bissell. â€śWe have a lot of good members that help with the tournament, but our sponsors are the people who make it happen. They have been fantastic to us.â€ť
â€śThis year it was extra special because it was our 10th annual,â€ť McFadden said. â€śThere are a lot of golf tournaments every year. Sometimes they go by the wayside, but weâ€™ve been fortunate that everyone keeps supporting us. Theyâ€™ve been very consistent.â€ť
â€śWe have fun every year, too,â€ť Desjardins added.
â€śWe do!â€ť McFadden agreed.
The Storehouse has been one of Connecticutâ€™s largest food providers for the needy for 19 years.
In 2017, the food pantry gave out 380,000 bags of groceries, served 32,000 hot meals, and distributed over 600,000 pounds of food.
Every Wednesday morning, it gives out food and clothes to families in need, and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the soup kitchen serves hot meals.
The Storehouse has recently expanded its food pantry and dining area to feed people more efficiently.
It was also selected to be one of three agencies in the state to be used as an emergency facility for distributing food during major power outages due to storms or other natural disasters. Through Eversource and Foodshare, it was awarded a grant for a generator for use during major power outages.
The 11th annual St. Josephâ€™s Polish Society Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 7, 2019.
In addition to the golf tournament, the society sponsors Melâ€™s Run, which benefits Connecticut Childrenâ€™s Hospital. In the 13 years of that charity event, St. Josephâ€™s has raised over $100,000.
In the past, the society has held cookout events to raise money for autism research. It also gives out two $1,000 scholarships each year.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.