Youth of St. Cecilia’s church gathered this week to finalize plans for this Sunday’s ‘Wing-Off’ event at George Henry’s Restaurant in Warrensburg to benefit the group’s upcoming mission trip. Among those participating in the trip are: (front, left to right): Julie Angell, Ellen Jones, Whitney Markwica, Tyler Toolan, Jarod West, Jimmy Cunniffe, (rear): Joe Schuster, Jayden Cain, Kelly Angell, Noah Markwica, and Bauer Jones. (Not Pictured): Kelsey Winter, Amanda Gee, Austin West, Cregan Callahan, Amy Toolan, Glen Warner, Logan Webster, and Melanie Warner.
Looking ahead to embarking on a mission to help underprivileged people upgrade their homes,the youth of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church are conducting a fundraiser this weekend.
The church’s youth group is holding a “Wing-Off” event Sunday March 3 at George Henry’s Restaurant on Lower Main St. in Warrensburg.
To be held from noon to 8 p.m., the event features all-you-can-eat chicken wings for $12 per person. All those attending have the opportunity to sign up for a raffle with a prize of a sightseeing trip for two in a private plane around Lake George.
Also, attendees have the option of competing in a wing-eating contest, with two divisions: one for youth, and another for adults.
In a recent meeting, members of the youth group discussed their thoughts and expectations of their upcoming trip to urban Providence R.I.. Their mission involves a week’s worth of work of fix-up, painting and cleaning projects in homes of people that couldn’t normally accomplish the work themselves — plus other volunteer work. The youth will be helping out the elderly, infirm or those with limited financial resources, group leaders said.
Youth group member Tyler Toolan said there was nothing that would stop him from participating in this year’s mission trip.
There’s no question he’s serious.
In last year’s mission trip to Newark, NJ, Tyler was stung 13 times by a swarm of bees when he was weeding a yard.
“Regardless of the bee stings, the trip was so fun,” he said.
First-time participant Kelly Angell, however, needed more convincing to go.
“My sister Julie went the last three times, and she said it was fun, so I’m now looking forward to it.”
Julie Angell worked in an urban after-school program last year, helping underprivileged children rehearse a talent show. Ellen Jones, also a mission veteran, worked in summer 2012 as a teachers’ aide in a school for children with cerebral palsy.
“I enjoyed helping out,” she said.
Jimmy Cunniffe, 12, a first-time mission participant, said he was looking forward to the excursion.
“I saw pictures from the last mission trip, and i think it’s going to be a fun time while helping people out,” he said.
Whitney Markwica said she appreciates the impact the group's work has on others’ lives.
“It was a touching experience, to go out of your way and help someone else who needs it,” she said. “And it was fun at the same time.”
For details on the fundraiser or the mission trip, contact Diane Angell at 623-3342.