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Catholic Charities to hold Jeans & Gems benefit March 23

CHARLESTON -- Catholic Charities of Coles, Douglas and Edgar Counties is scheduled to hold a live auction and other activities during its Jeans & Gems fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 23 at Unique Suites in Charleston.

The annual fundraiser will offer a Wine Pull game with chances to win bottles of wine, Reverse Bingo with Cardinals tickets in St. Louis as the grand prize, a Fancy Dessert Auction with sweets prepared by local celebrity bakers, heads/tails drawing, 50/50 raffle, and lottery board drawing.

Live auction items will include a flight over Coles County; Little Theatre on the Square tickets; fudge and caramel making lessons; Fort Myers, Florida beach and Fort Charlotte, Florida vacation home trips; 140 pounds of beef; a wine pairing meal; Mattoon Area Family YMCA membership; tickets to a Cardinals versus Cubs game in St. Louis; and a dream vacation

All donations are accepted. The charity reports that $50 will buy a two-three day supply of food for four-five families, or a backpack of new school supplies for a student in need, $75 will buy a baby care package, and $100 will help an individual with medication needs.

All of the money raised at this event will be used to support Catholic Charities programs. Its mission is to extend all the healing and empowering presence of Jesus by providing help and hope to those in need. The local office of Catholic Charities is located at 4217 DeWitt Ave. in Mattoon. More information is available by calling the office at 217-235-0420.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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