Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) – Recently, Jennifer Davis, a member of St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln, came to the realization that the parish hasn’t held a fundraising dinner, which some parishes hold annually.
She was drawn to the idea of such an event as a way to build community and to support a great cause.
Davis approached Father Jamie Hottovy, pastor of St. Teresa Parish, with the idea and he approved it, suggesting that the funds from the event go toward a new kitchen for St. Teresa School.
Now in her 26th year as the food service manager for St. Teresa School, Rosie Polak has seen few changes to the kitchen since starting her job. The space, which is original to the building, is in dire need of an upgrade. The hood over the range was found to be out of compliance and must be replaced. It was decided that the kitchen would be re-done along with it.
For years, Polak has dealt with a lack of storage and space to serve students, but she’s used it as best she could.
She said, “I don’t know any different; we just make it work.”
In addition to the new hood, renovations to the kitchen will include more storage space, new countertops and cabinets and a new handwashing sink.
In order to improve efficiency, the newly renovated space will include two serving lines.
Polak has seen the need for getting students through the line more quickly, saying, “The number of students buying lunch is growing, while lunch times are getting shorter.”
Polak said that the work is slated to begin this summer so that everything is up and running by the first day of school for the 2019-20 school year.
Eat, Drink, Be Giving
The fundraising dinner – “Eat, Drink, and Be Giving!” – will be held in the commons at Pius X High School in Lincoln on Saturday, Feb. 9 with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. A prime rib and chicken dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
The cost to attend is $50, or $500 for a reserved table of eight. Tickets are available through Monday, Jan. 28 and can be purchased in the church vestibule at St. Teresa Church after Mass or from Davis (contact information below).
“It’ll be a nice meal supporting a great cause,” Davis said. “Saint Teresa’s is a great community and we would love to extend an invitation to other area parishes to support the efforts of another Lincoln school. Our kitchen staff and students really need it.”
Polak also encouraged people to come to the event, saying, “It’s a very generous way to support a worthwhile project and help continue to nourish the children in a more efficient way. I’ve got a lot of good kids, I’m really blessed.”