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Catholic daughters raise funds from fair

Linda Schons, left, and Agnes Anderson are a part of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas organization at Holy Rosary. The group will be hosting a picnic Monday in City Park at 6 p.m. PIPPI MAYFIELD/DL NEWSPAPERS

Did you know that the women running the parking booth at the Becker County Fair are helping raise money for local charities?

Those women are the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at Court Holy Rosary No. 1916 in Detroit Lakes. The $2 they collect for cars to park in the lot rather than circling for a spot along the street is split between the Catholic Daughters and the fair board. Each takes $1.

“Every cent of it is given away,” said Agnes Anderson, financial secretary. “We as a group decide where we want to give our funds.”

Last year they gave to a dozen different charities.

The Catholic Daughters, which locally will celebrate 50 years in April, started helping the Knights of Columbus (the men’s organization at the Catholic church) with the fair parking in 1982. Anderson said the men would park the cars and the women would take care of the scheduling. Now the women take care of it all.

Besides raising money at the fair, the Catholic Daughters also host a salad luncheon in June for their other fundraiser. They raise about $3,000 from the fair parking and about $4,000 from the luncheon.

“When they stopped charging to get into the fair, they started changing to park cars,” said Linda Schons, regent with the Catholic Daughters.

Besides raising money to give back to the community, the Catholic Daughters also get together to fellowship with one another.

“We’re a spiritual group and we do a lot of things for our parish,” Schons said.

The ladies meet once a month, August through June. And they are always looking for new members. The only requirement for women interested in joining is that they have to be Catholic.

They meet the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Holy Rosary. January through March though, they meet the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

Anderson said there are good refreshments at each meeting as well.

To kick off their season, the Catholic Daughters is hosting a picnic in City Park on Monday beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in being a member is encouraged to attend.

“Just come to a meeting to see what we’re all about,” Anderson said.

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