Back for a third year, St. Vincent de Paul Woodstock will host a wine and beer tasting from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Mixin Mingle, 124 Cass St. Ticket price for the afternoon event is $25 per person which includes wine, beer and cheese vendors and light hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets are available at the St. Mary office during business hours.

Scot Staldaski from Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse, Crystal Lake, will have an assortment of wines representing four different wine companies and several craft beers to sample. Prairie Pure Cheese LLC, will provide an assortment of local artisian cheese for tasting.

“Both [the previous events] have been very enjoyable afternoons,” said Maggie Crane, chairman of the event committee and vice president in charge of fundraising. St. Vincent de Paul Woodstock is a local chapter of a worldwide organization of Catholic men and women volunteering to help those in need spiritually, economically and emotionally.

Crane said her incentive to be involved comes from the saying based on Luke 12:48, “To those who much is given, much is expected.”

One of the highlights will be the feel-good silent auction where bidders can chose a price point and donate toward something in that range. For example, a gift of $25 will buy a gas card, or $150 will buy a mattress.

“The best thing is, no one has to take anything home,” said Crane.

The wine and beer tasting has drawn about 100 guests each of the first two years. The goal this year is 150 tickets sold. Proceeds raised will benefit Friends in Need, encompassing anyone in the Woodstock area with limited resources.

The event is the largest fundraiser for the church-affiliated organization, the most common and popular outreach for Catholics. St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Patrick Catholic Church of Hartland support the Woodstock chapter of St. Vincent de Paul, formed in 2003. They have about 30 active members who meet twice per month, with about 50 associate members and a dozen home visitors.

St. Vincent de Paul Woodstock also runs a small furniture warehouse, supplying furniture to residents in need with financial need.

“We can’t use large furniture often,” said Crane, “but we accept smaller items such as nice, small couches and loveseats.”

To donate furniture, call 815-338-3377. For information on the work of St. Vincent de Paul, visit stmary-woodstock.org. For help, call the crisis line at 815-334-7711.

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