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UPDATED: St. Clare's Fish Fry wraps up for 2009

Posted: April 3, 2009 12:14 a.m.
Updated: April 3, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers prepare a plateful of heaven, one of the more than 1,000 dinners served on a recent Friday night during the Lenten Fish Fry at St. Clare's in Canyon Country.

Friday night, April 3 was your last chance to chow down at the 31st annual Lenten Fish Fry, served up at St. Clare's Catholic church in Canyon Country six consecutive Friday nights during Lent to raise funds for church activities and parishoners in need.

"Our numbers have been up this year," said Sue Peak, fish fry spokeswoman, who said the army of about 200 volunteers prepared and served 5,955 dine-in and to-go dinners in the fundraiser's first five weeks.

The final Friday's total was 1,179 dinners -- "A nice ending to a spectacular fish fry season," Peak said. That boosted the year's grand total to 7,134 served.

"The most wonderful aspect is that we have had many first-timers join us this year," Peak said. "They've seen the stories, including The Signal's, and come to check it out. Responses have been very favorable as they sit down to enjoy dinner and visit, see friends and make new ones."

The beer-battered Alaskan cod dinners came in two sizes, and cost $7.50 for two pieces of fish or $8.50 for three. 

Servers stuffed the rest of the plate with French fries or rice pilaf and cole slaw. Rolls and butter, pretzels, and water, coffee or tea were included.

Desserts were available for bake-sale prices at a separate table run by various church-affiliated service groups.

Beverage tickets cost $1 each, or $10 for 12. Soft drinks and bottled water ran a ticket each, while a beer (Miller Lite) or glass of wine (chablis, blush or merlot) went for four tickets each.

Net proceeds benefit the St. Francis Counseling Center, the SCV Food Pantry, the SCV Domestic Violence Center and as direct aid to parish families in need, according to Paul Travers, who has spearheaded the fish fry since its start in 1978.

Travers expected a large turnout on the last night. "We're ready to finish the year with a bang," he said. His prediction was correct.


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