Knights of Columbus host Polish dinner
LAPEER — Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus Council #1987 is bringing back its Polish Dinner for a second year.
Last year the Knights served 678 people and raised $4,800 for the St. Vincent DePaul Society to help Lapeer area families in need with their utility bills. “You’d be amazed how many people come to the rectory looking for help with their heat,” said Vince Klusek, who is organizing the dinner along with Walt Sierakowski, Metamora’s retired police chief.
While the church has some Poles among its members, Klusek said the Knights got the idea from a Polish assistant priest who held Polish dinners when he served at Immaculate Conception seven years ago. “They went over real well and we decided to bring the idea back,” said Klusek.
The Knights get their kielbasa, both fresh and smoked, along with handmade pierogies from Srodek Market in Hamtramck. Everything else, said Klusek, including Golabki (stuffed cabbage) and sauerkraut with potatoes and kielbasa, is made by volunteer cooks.
This year, said Klusek, the Knights hope to top out with 700 dinners. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets are available in advance only at the Immaculate Conception rectory, 814 West Nepessing Street, Lapeer, or by calling Klusek at 810-664-8909 or Sierakowski at 810-797-5190.
The dinner will be held from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Bishop Kelly Catholic School Community Room. Klusek said no tickets will be available at the door, they are doing advance sales only.
Along with kielbasa, Golabki and pierogi main dishes, the dinner will include vegetables, a tossed salad, fresh bread and homemade desserts.
Klusek said there will be a raffle for a handmade quilt and four tickets to a Detroit Tigers baseball game. He added there will also be live American and Polish music.