Beer, brats, draw a crowd for Catholic school fundraiser

On Saturday, the Our Lady of Lourdes School brought a little slice of Germany to Colusa, holding their first-ever Oktoberfest fundraiser at St. Bernadette’s Hall.

An estimated 150 people, including current and former parents and family members, former students, and public figures, bought tickets for the event. That number left organizer Clint Jewett pleasantly surprised, especially for an event in its first year.

“Lots of groups have talked about (putting on an Oktoberfest event). We decided to give it a try,” Jewett said. “We’re trying to do something fresh and new. From what I’ve seen, I think we’ll be able to do this again next year.”

Jewett said organizers were initially nervous that the event would be a “flop,” but all told, the event raised around $8,000 between ticket sales and donations.

“It ended up pretty good,” Jewett said.

For Colusa County’s lone parochial school, which serves around 100 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade – over 60 percent of whom are eligible for some form of tuition assistance – constant fundraising is a necessity, and a successful event like Saturday’s will go a long way in helping families bear the cost of tuition for their children, Jewett said.

“The main thing is tuition assistance… But we also had donations specifically for a science, technology, and physical education programs,” he added.

For $50, patrons at the 21-and-over event were treated to an all-you-can-eat and drink experience, sampling from a selection of traditional German sausages, popular craft beers and wines, and more.

For Colusa resident and Our Lady of Lourdes alumnus Christian Silva, paying the $50 to help out his old school was a no-brainer.

“I’m here to support because I went to school here, and graduated from here,” Silva said, adding that it didn’t hurt that there was good beer and good food aplenty. “It’s nice to have an fundraising event that’s a little more adult-oriented.”

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