The team that organized Miriam's Table Beach Bingo fundraiser Feb. 29 set a fundraising goal of $10,000. The sold-out event exceeded their goal by $6,000. Co-founder of Miriam's Table, Susie Keefer, explained what that means in terms of feeding hungry children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"If you calculate the number of bowls of food it would be 31,736. If we talk about support monthly for the entire nutrition program, the monies would cover about four months. If you talk in terms of supporting a child for a year, it would be 122 children fed for a year," said Keefer. Janet Hroncich and Joanne Arehart, longtime supporters of Miriam's Table, were inspired to sponsor 30 children for one year.
On Leap Day, 240 bingo players filled St. Jude's Parish Life Center for 10 rounds of bingo. The team of Sharon Messina, professional bingo caller, and guest caller Bryan Hecksher from Lewes Auto Gallery led the fun. There were also live and silent auctions, and a 50-50 raffle.
Sponsors and contributors to the event included: Salt Provisions, Sedona, It's a Breeze, The Blue Hen, Dewey Beer Co., Confucius Chinese Cuisine, Dean Donovan, Iron Hill Brewery, Atlantic Liquors, American Classic Golf, Mod Cottage, Ward Ellinger, Harry K Jewelry, Mariachi, Henlopen City Oyster House, Heirloom, The Crooked Hammock, Signarama, Fresh Market, Arena's Deli, Safeway of Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Miyagi Ramen Bar, The Fork & Flask at Nage, SoDel Concepts, Lefty's Alley and Eats, Starbucks, Shell We Bounce, Giant Foods of Rehoboth, Sea Finds, and Sunrise Rotary.
"I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone. It touched my heart deeply. Some of our guests did not know about Miriam's Table. Many spoke with me about the ministry and were touched by what we are doing," said Keefer.
Miriam's Table was established by Ed and Susie Keefer of Lewes in 2014. Today the organization feeds 350 children, provides much-needed medicines, and supplies mosquito netting to prevent malaria. More information about Miriam's Table can be found at www.miriamstable.org or follow Miriam's Table on Facebook.