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St. Joseph festival raises fun, funds (w/video)

By IAN TERRY
Jan. 26, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.

Nazareth Academy students Maddie Urbano, 12, left, and Olivia Mahan, 13, right, dish up pickles at the St. Joseph Family Festival at the Victoria Community Center in Victoria.

St. Joseph High School supporters gathered for fun and a good cause Sunday at the Victoria Community Center.

The Family Festival's featured raffles, kids' games, a barbecue lunch and both a live and silent auction.

"Our churches and our schools get together and have a day for families," St. Joseph High School President Bill McArdle said.

The day typically brings in between $65,000 and $75,000, which is then used by the school's Parent Teacher Club to underwrite extracurricular programs and activities, McArdle said.

The parent-teacher organization raises about $165,000, McArdle said, adding that the money is used for programs like debate team, band and choir, as well as athletics.

Nazareth Academy students Olivia Mahan, 13, and Maddie Urbano, 12, came to see friends and enjoy the home-cooked lunch.

"The food is our favorite," Maddie said as she and Olivia loaded up their plates with brisket.

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