Thursday, September 05, 2019 - Updated: 2:13 pm
More than $17,000 has been raised to assist Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township following the cancellation of the annual festival earlier this month.
Father David Bonnar, administrator of the grouping that includes Our Lady of Grace and St. Bernard in Mount Lebanon said the response was “overwhelming.”
Donations are accepted on a special website, donate.onecause.com by searching “olg festival.”
After months of planning the 33-year festival tradition, it was canceled due to a written threat received at the Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center. A majority of the work was already completed when the news was announced.
The letter was turned over to the Scott Township Police Department and is now in the hands of U.S. postal inspectors who are investigating the origin of the letter.
Parishioners and members of the festival planning committee were invited to a Mass at the parish’s Keefer Hall to grieve and heal together, as well as plan for the future.
The popular basket and cash raffles still continued.
Erin King of the festival committee said that outside festival vendors were kind, generous and understanding about the cancellation. She encouraged others to patronize those regular vendors.
“As a committee we take responsibility in keeping everyone safe while building community and raising funds,” King said in a letter to parishioners.
The four-day festival usually raises at least $50,000 for the parish ministry and Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. All money raised through online donations will directly support those causes.