After much discussion and consideration, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s St. Iakovos Greek Festival that was to be held in September at the Porter County Expo Center. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of those that attend the Festival as well as our Parishioners that work the Fest.
This is the second major fundraising event that they have had to cancel this year. In March, they also cancelled the Annual Charity Tasting Event held at the Old Town Banquet Center. In addition, the 2020 Popcorn Festival and Wine Festival (two events they were committed to setting up food tents) were also cancelled.
As everyone knows, they have come to rely on the revenue that these events generate to cover the shortfall in our general operating budget, and support our Charity FaithWorks Projects throughout the year. The Festival income has become quite important in paying bills like lighting, heating and cooling, general maintenance, supplies, and much more. The Charity Tasting Event helps us support those in need within our community by providing many with food and clothing.
The Festival Committee, along with the Church Council will continue exploring fundraising opportunities to help offset the lost income as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
They did sponsor Their Curbside Greek Fest Mini Drive Thru at Butterfield Pavilion with the Last one being held on Thursday August 27th.