March 4, 2016
Amarillo—Father Daniel F. Firmin, JCL, Vicar General of the Diocese of Savannah, will be the keynote speak for the 17
th annual Salt and Pepper Luncheon to benefit the Catholic Charities Hunger Project of Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle.
This year’s event will take place Wednesday, March 16 at 11:30am at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1200 South Washington.
Tickets are $25.00 each for the luncheon and table sponsorships range from $250 to $5,000.
The Salt and Pepper Luncheon began with a discovery made by a volunteer driver.
“Nineteen years ago, a Catholic Charities Hunger Project volunteer driver was delivering food to a homebound elderly widow and discovered she was having salt and pepper soup for lunch,” said Koons. “With empty cupboards and an empty refrigerator, this resourceful woman boiled water, added salt and pepper and made salt and pepper soup. This harsh reality served as a call to action to work harder in increasing our capacity to serve, and the first Salt and Pepper luncheon was planned.”
The Catholic Charities Hunger Project is located on the first floor of the Guyon Saunders Resource Center at 200 South Tyler. According to Koons, approximately 870 people are enrolled in this program; over 80 are homebound individuals to whom boxes of food are delivered by volunteer drivers.
Father Firmin completed his Licentiate in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America. He will share his reflection on the Jubilee of Mercy and growing up in a large Catholic family in Augusta, Ga., where he learned firsthand about meeting hunger needs in the community. His father, Mike Firmin, founded the Augusta Golden Harvest Food Bank in 1982.
For additional information on the Salt and Pepper Luncheon or to purchase tickets, please contact Koons at 376-4571 or go to the agency’s website, www.cctxp.org.