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Breakfast raises money to help send local kids to camp
The cafeteria at St. John Catholic Church was transformed into a winter wonderland this month, for a breakfast fund-raiser hosted by St. John’s high school youth program, Life Teen.
With white paper on the walls and over 300 snowflakes, children could pretend they were really at the North Pole with Santa on hand to pose with the children for photographs taken by Lisa Marak Photography.
More than 60 families came to the breakfast, which consisted of pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, milk, coffee and hot chocolate. The breakfast lasted from 8 until 11 a.m. Plates were $5, and a 5-inch by 7-inch photograph with Santa was $10. Life Teen received $2 for every $10 photograph sold, said Chris Mummort, youth minister at St. John’s. There were other photo packages available as well, for an additional cost.
The money raised by the high school students will be used to send 30 youth and six adults to Life Teen Camp in Georgia this summer. There are even some youth coming from Corsicana to attend camp with St. John’s Life Teen. The cost for each student to attend the camp is $400, according to Mummort. If the group takes a charter bus to Georgia, the total transportation cost will be $5,000.
Life Teen is a Catholic youth ministry program in the United States, Mummort said. More than 1,200 churches have implemented the program.
HEB donated $80 to help cover the cost of food for the breakfast and the St. John’s Knights of Columbus donated $100 for the breakfast.
Mummort said he is glad families in the community were able to come to the breakfast to support the youth of St. John’s.
“It’s really nice to see the community pull together to help support our teens,” Mummort said. “They are the future.”
More than $1,000 was raised from the breakfast for Life Teen, he said. The exact amount is not yet known because expenses are still being calculated.
Mummort, who has been the youth minister at St. John’s for two years, said Life Teen Camp is a valuable experience for students.
“Camp is all about creating leadership,” he said.
Mummort said he is also thankful that Lisa Marak Photography was able to donate time and money to the youth program.
“From the moment we called Lisa, she was on board,” he said. “There was no hesitation,”
Marak said she is glad she could be a part of the fundraiser.
“Lisa Marak Photography is always glad to help around the community,” Marak said.
Danielle Zajic, a Life Teen member, is grateful that the high school youth program has community support and she is thankful for the great turnout at the breakfast.
“It was really fun,” Zajic said. “There were a lot of people there. It makes me feel good to give back and know that they are helping us pay for camp. I wouldn’t be able to afford it on my own.”
St. John’s Life Teen is still taking donations for the camp. Anyone interested in making a donation, should call Chris Mummort at 972-878-8996.

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