MEO holds Grab-n-Go Gala

Special to The Message

COVID-19 forced Marian Educational Outreach to take a new approach to its annual spring gala this year, and that new approach appears to have been a big hit.

Two drive-through lines form in the parking lot of Evansville’s St. Boniface Church during the May 1 Marian Educational Outreach Grab-n-Go Gala. As they picked up their Mexican dinners, customers could buy raffle tickets, MEO T-shirts and participate in the Wine Pull. The Message photos by Tim Lilley

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 1, MEO held its first Grab-n-Go Gala in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church on Evansville’s west side. 

MEO Executive Director Emily Schnapf said, “This is the first time for this type of event with our organization. We had all hands on deck, and the planning for the event proved to be fun!”

MEO sold tickets for Grab-n-Go dinners of Mexican food assembled and served by members of the men’s club at All Saints Parish in Evansville. All Saints parishioner Jose Ramirez, who owns the popular El Charro Restaurant, provided workers to help with the cooking.

Schnapf said, “MEO thanks the men at All Saints Parish who helped with this, and Jose and El Charro for the food and preparation help.” 

Members of the All Saints Parish men’s club assemble the Grab-n-Go dinners during the gala.

MEO volunteers staffed a drive-through line of stations that included raffle-ticket sales, MEO T-shirt sales, dinner delivery and a wine pull.

Schnapf added, “We are excited to continue spreading awareness about the work of Marian Educational Outreach, and we are hopeful that this type of event will bring happiness to our community of supporters.”