Pair Of St. Susan Fundraisers This Month

There will be two fundraisers benefiting St. Susan Center this month.

The first fundraiser will be St. Susan Center’s Summer Soup and a Song that will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, at Bemus Point Park in Bemus Point. Sue Colwell, St. Susan Center executive director, said this is the seventh year for the fundraiser that will feature at least 17 different soups from area restaurants. The music will be proved by Dan Vogan. The cost is $10 for adults, which includes three soups, and $5 for children, which includes two soups. There will be a 50/50 drawing, and a chance to win a ”Discover Bemus Basket.”

”It grows every year, and it is a great way to support St. Susan Center,” Colwell said.

The second event will be the St. Susan Center annual charity golf tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Chautauqua Golf Club Lake Course, located along Route 394 in Chautauqua. Registration and lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. with the start at 1 p.m. The event is for men and women, with a four-person scramble format. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 15.

”We’re still looking for sponsors and teams,” Colwell said.

For more information on both events, visit The fundraisers for St. Susan Center might be needed more than ever. In June, Colwell said the soup kitchen served 17 percent more people than in June 2013.

”It was very unexpected for June, but we did serve a lot of meals,” she said. ”I think it had something to do with the kids getting out of school.”

Colwell said July numbers have lowered, and the soup kitchen is down compared to last year.

However, the lower numbers might be from having to close on Sunday because of a lack of volunteers.

”We do pass out a meal for people to take with them for Saturday and Sunday so they have something,” she said. ”It is something we prepare, and other times, it is can foods and frozen meat they can prepare. We also bag foods for homeless people and people who don’t have the means to cook meals for themselves.”

If interested in volunteering, call 664-2253 or visit the St. Susan Center at the Gateway Center, 31 Water St., Jamestown. Colwell said this is the busiest time of the year through the month of August. She said there is also a need for volunteers who want to work with crops from the Giving Garden program. The program is in its third year, and is funded by the state Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant, which is done locally through the Chautauqua County Health Network. The program encourages volunteers to grow vegetables to donate to the soup kitchen.

”We couldn’t keep our doors open without our volunteers, and we appreciate what the community does for us,” she said.

”We are here for the community because of the community.”

People can also donate money toward St. Susan Center by sending a check to P.O. Box 1276, Jamestown, NY, 14701.