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Monterrey Dinner raises over $3,000 for Haitian children
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Murietta Tiede, First Congregational United Church of Christ outreach committee chairman, presents a check for $3,186.36 to Maria Presson from Star of Hope in Ellinwood. The money will help the Ellinwood-based program support a school in Haiti. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Money raised at the annual Monterrey Dinner allowed the First Congregational United Church of Christ’s outreach committee to donate $3,186.36 to Star of Hope.
Members of the Great Bend church’s outreach committee said the money will go to support a school in Marigot, Haiti. Its students include Belanda, a girl who is sponsored by the church.
This was the 13th year for the church to sponsor a Monterrey Dinner on “Fat Tuesday.” Through ticket sales and donations, the outreach committee exceeded last year’s donation to the Star of Hope representatives by more than $400.
In 2013, Barry Borrer, Ellinwood, president and chief executive officer of Star of Hope, said the school in Marigot, one of seven schools and three children’s homes supported in Haiti by the nonprofit organization, was in danger of being closed for lack of funding. It costs $4,500 a month to provided education, books and meals for the 335 elementary and preschool students at the school, Borror said.
For information on Star of Hope sponsorships call 620-564-3355.