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Summer Kickoff includes food, fun and fellowship in Vienna

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna recently hosted its first Summer Kickoff event, which included food, fun, fellowship and fundraising.

Oblate Father Matthew J. Hillyard, pastor, volunteered at the event, as did the other Oblate priests at the parish. More than 100 volunteers prepared and served 400 meals and added $1,000 to the general parish fund. The diverse menu included chicken tenders, fried shrimp and oysters, fried plantains, rice and beans, and root beer floats.

Early in the evening there was a Battle of the Boards cornhole competition, with Kevin O'Brien and John Loesch claiming the first place title. Jim Briody and Michael Dykes came in second, while Justin and Stephanie Osterhage claimed the third place slot. The tournament raised $225 to benefit the local nonprofit Food for Others' Power Pack program.

A family-friendly movie was played on an outdoor screen under the stars later in the evening.

Similar to the parish fish fry events earlier in the year, diverse groups of parishioners contributed to the effort, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Men’s Club, the youth group, young adults, teachers, students and Women of OLGC.

In addition, local businesses such as Caboose Brewery, Kelley’s Tree Service, and Norm’s Beer and Wine contributed to the event’s success.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018