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Judy Bokorney – Special to the Florida Catholic

11/22/17

The 2017 Sugar Bowl Show of Shows was a sold-out success at the Venice Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. and the local Knights of Columbus Councils, the show featured Beatles tribute act “The Nowhere Band” and all the proceeds benefits the needy of the community.

A sold out crowd attended the Sugar Bowl Show of Shows on Nov. 12 at the Venice Performing Arts Center. The Catholic Charities event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, benefited the needy of South Sarasota County.

The Sugar Bowl Fund assists families in the community who are experiencing a financial hardship. The Fund does this by supporting families who are at-risk of becoming homeless due to a financial crisis with one-time assistance that allows them to remain self-sufficient. For example, the Sugar Bowl Fund provides help for unexpected car repair, medical and utility bills, and rent or mortgage payments.

Six Knights of Columbus Councils – 9924 and 7052, Venice; 15821, Osprey; 7672, Grove City; 7997, North Port; and 11553, Englewood – raise the money for the Sugar Bowl Fund, while Catholic Charities administers the monies through the Financial Assistance Program to eligible clients.

“The Nowhere Band” performs during the Sugar Bowl Show of Shows on Nov. 12 at the Venice Performaing Arts Center. The Catholic Charities event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, benefitted the needy of South Sarasota County.

In 2017 through September the fund assisted 20 families with 57 children with $21,411. Due to the overwhelming success of the Show of Shows, the Sugar Bowl Fund committee recommended expansion of aid to two additional programs of Catholic Charities that help homeless families transition to self-sufficiency. 

The first program to benefit is New Paradigm of Catholic Charities that provides affordable, transitional housing to area families who are at risk of becoming homeless. The two-year program is designed to help families develop the skills necessary to live an independent life through financial training, credit repair services, counseling, and parenting classes. The second program to benefit is Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities that provides affordable, transitional housing to homeless mothers and their children. This two-year program offers a stable environment for the families in which to achieve self-sufficiency through education, vocational training, and personal growth.

The Sugar Bowl Fund will help families who have successfully completed the programs at Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities and New Paradigm of Catholic Charities to relocate into a permanent residence. Clients will be approved by the directors of the two programs for assistance from the Sugar Bowl Fund. The one-time financial support will be used for the first and last month rent, and utility deposits.

The crowd was delighted by the performance of the “The Nowhere Band,” which covered the full spectrum of the Beatles’ long and varied career, creating a reproduction of Beatles performances blending period costumes and authentic instruments. 

The Presenting Sponsor of the Sugar Bowl Show of Shows was Walmart ,and the Venice Gondolier Sun was the Media Sponsor along with a long list of other generous sponsors. Cub Scout Pack 1001 and Boy Scout Troop 1001 sold refreshments to the crowd.

 

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