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In one of my favorite movies, “The Lion in Winter”, there is a scene where King Henry II of England moves a small piece of hair from the young Princess of France, Alyse, saying, “Let’s have one strand askew – nothing in life has any business being perfect”. The intermittent rain last Sunday evening was our “one strand askew”, but otherwise, everything was PERFECT! Before I get into the numbers, I once again want to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly. Without your love of and dedication to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, none of this success would have been possible. While everything this year worked in our favor (a different weekend for the Trumbull County Fair; the Girard fest ending two days before we began; along with almost perfect weather) the two constants I heard from people were the wonderful food and generous hospitality of everyone on the festival grounds. YOU, my dear family of 
Mount Carmel, made all the difference, and I thank you! A huge thank you also to the members of the Niles McKinley High School Key Club. These young people worked all throughout the five days and we could not have been as successful without their great assistance in all our booths. 
Now the results: First, we achieved record breaking days on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and nearly broke the daily record for Sunday (even in the rain). We set a record day for the lunch-time hours, and set records in almost every booth on the grounds. Once all of the bills are accounted for, I will include in the bulletin the complete report, as has been done 
over the past six years. Until then, here is an accounting of the gross income per day, and a total for 2018 festival: 
   Wednesday  $70,231,74
   Thursday      $66,936.79
   Friday           $80,325.64 (all time record)
   Saturday      $72,235.70
   Sunday        $64,913.00
With the addition of the pre-sale Grand Prize Raffle tickets, and the Bocce and Entertainment tent sponsorships, the total gross amount for the 2018 Festival to date is: $391,275.00. This is $53,867.00 more than our previous record set in 2015 and $63,800.00 more than last year. Absolutely incredible!
I also want to take this time to congratulate those individuals who won prizes at the 2018 Festival. There were six people who were on the festival grounds when their names were called for the hourly drawing, and each won $50.00. They were:
   James Coates, III; Nunzio & Maria Merlo; Elsa Cerbara;
   Joe Merlo; Debrah Kulusich and Adrian Biviano.
The winners in the grand prize drawing were:
   3rd Prize ($500)           James Coates, III
   2nd Prize ($1,000)        Anthony & Vicki Ricci
   Grand Prize ($25,000) Angel Ricculli & Michael Ciolli
As mentioned, once a thorough accounting of the expenses is done, we will publish the net profits for the festival. I am confident that, even with some increases in food costs, we will certainly make a record profit this year. I am equally confident that this will translate into an ability to give $26,000.00 to the various charitable activities we support throughout the coming year. Again, thank you and God bless you all!! 
Father Lavelle

Community Suppers

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be hosting Community Suppers for the month of August. The dinners are held on Thursdays from 4:45-6:00pm in Holy Family Hall. We are need of volunteers to help serve the dinners and donate desserts. If you are willing to help serve, please call Jane at 330-652-9320. Desserts can be dropped off at Holy Family Hall on Thursdays after 12:00pm.

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