All set for the feast

Published 9:58 am Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chloe McCarthy, 7, helps make almond bars with the help of Lenette Baron at Hollandale Christian School. The dessert will be served at the annual fall supper this Friday. --Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

HOLLANDALE — Students and their family, friends and neighbors will gather Friday for the annual fall supper at Hollandale Christian School.

Hundreds of helping hands have already been preparing for the annual supper that usually feeds more than 900 people. One of the organizers, Tina Feuerhak, said even the students help out by clearing tables and delivering desserts.

Lenette Baron, left, and teacher Stephanie McCarthy grab some flour to make almond bars for the annual fall supper that will be on Friday at Hollandale Christian School.

“The kids will help carry trays or drinks and get things cleaned up when someone is leaving,” Feuerhak said.

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Serving starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 o’clock on Friday at the school. But volunteers have been working much longer than that to get all the food ordered, delivered and ready for cooking that day. Principal Lisa Vos said the students get excited on the day of the supper because of the atmosphere in the school.

“It’s an exciting day for students,” Vos said. “The school is all set up and decorated, and they can smell the food being prepared.”

She said she enjoys that the community comes together to support the school. Feuerhak agreed and said that, with more than 900 people attending, that other communities than just Hollandale come out to support the school as well. The meal is also a way for families that are new to the school to meet other students and parents.

“It’s a good way to be able to meet them and put a face to a name,” Feuerhak said.

The public is invited to the event, and donations will be accepted at the door. All funds raised go to the school’s general fund and help fulfill classroom needs. Feuerhak said in the past the money has gone toward buying tables and other things needed at the school.

On the menu for the fall supper is ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, baked apples, Chinese salad and an array of desserts. And stuffing is back. Organizers said they heard from many people who said they wanted to see stuffing back on the menu after it was excluded in an effort to cut down the number of items being served.

“We were hearing from so many different people that they would like the stuffing to still be there so we decided that we are going to bring the stuffing back,” Feuerhak said.

This will be the 30th year for the supper, which has been feeding patrons and benefiting students since it began in 1982. The fundraiser often collects anywhere from $7,000 to $8,000. The event is one of the main fundraisers the school holds, along with its largest fundraiser, the auction held each spring. The Christian school has students in kindergarten through eighth grade.


If you go

What: Hollandale Christian School’s annual fall supper

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday

Where: gymnasium of school, Hollandale

How much: Donations accepted