Fundraiser wraps up and raises money

By Toni Miles - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - They donned aprons and even got all wet in an effort to pour money into St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School and the rebuilding fund for St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach.

"We've got a lot of good food, drinks, entertainment, just promoting a lot of family stuff. That's what Father Louis wanted us to do," said Fall Festival Co-Chair Mike Gundluch.

It was definitely a family affair for Marlene Logan. She tried to keep up with two grandchildren and a great grandson who are all students at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary.

"I have six children, and they have all gone to St. Paul's. And now their children and grandchildren are going to St. Vincent de Paul. Some of the grandchildren started out, of course, at St. Paul's, and then the two schools joined together. Then the grandchildren and great grandchildren are there," Logan said.

Marlene is glad the legacy is being carried on from generation to generation but also understands it takes a lot to keep the new Catholic school going.

"Like I said, they have a beautiful facility now. Now, they've got to pay the teachers and the staff," Logan said.

With each game played and each ride taken, another dollar is rounded up to help youngsters like those belonging to Marlene Logan and to help rebuild St. Thomas Catholic Church back at its old beach front site.

"I'm hoping that will start some time at the end of the year. I'm hoping that will be going on here soon. A lot of people are anxious," Gundluch said.