Servants of Shelter of International Falls is excited to announce their second annual “Luck of the Irish Carnival” fundraiser, a press release announced last week.

The free, family-friendly, all-ages event is being held in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2948. Taking place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, there will be a ton of games for kids and adults including a paddy cake walk, a 50/50 raffle, face painting, paddlewheel, and other games of skill and chance, said the release. Draw tickets for the 50/50 raffle are available at Forestland Sales & Services in International Falls.

All funds raised will go toward supporting individuals and families in Koochiching County who are experiencing homelessness and are housed in the S.O.S. shelter or who receive assistance with food, hotel stays, transportation, camping supplies or laundry through drop in services through Backus Community Center, explained Ariana Daniel, executive director of S.O.S.

“We are raising funds this year for replacing our shelter roof which is an integral part of us keeping our guests, safe, warm, and dry,” she said.

A sloppy joe meal will be served at the event to attendees for a free will donation. Admission to the carnival is free, with games being reasonably priced for family fun, the release said.

The event kicked off last year after conversations were had with Harley Droba about veteran homelessness. Droba serves as a member of the International Falls City Council and is the VFW’s State District 8 commander. Droba also serves as the gambling manager for the VFW, fundraising for projects for numerous local non-profits.

“Harley and the VFW wanted to help support S.O.S. and this family-friendly event evolved from that desire to work together,” said Daniel. “We have a series of games for children and adults, face-painting, music and a raffle.”

Last year organizers had a turnout of about 100 people.

“This year we have much more space to work with and a pool tournament happening in the bar at the same time,” said Daniel.

Servants of Shelter is a community-based nonprofit committed to upholding the dignity and respect of homeless persons by providing temporary shelter, guidance, and access to community resources.

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