By Jennifer Corbett – The Kentucky Standard

Leslie Wilson said the days leading up to the last Sisters of Charity of Nazareth is bittersweet, but at the same time, she looks at the picnic’s past success with gratitude.

“Many people in surrounding communities have welcomed this event,” she said.

Wilson, director of development at SCN, said Saturday’s picnic would be an opportunity for people to connect and reminiscence.

“It’s also a way for us to connect with the broader community,” Wilson said, adding that the Sisters will continue to look for ways to interact with the community after the picnic.

Saturday’s picnic will run from 2 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Diane Curtis, communications director for SCN, described it as a family-friendly event.

There will be all sorts of activities, she said, such as a petting zoo, game booths, cake booths and live entertainment. Fried chicken, pulled pork barbeque and hamburgers will be served in the Motherhouse Dining Room. Ice cream and cotton candy will be available as well.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sisters’ worldwide ministries program in the United States and other countries such as Belize, Botswana, India and Nepal.

The Sisters decided this would be the last year because the picnic is becoming difficult to plan. This year also coincides with their Jubilee celebration.

“It seemed fitting to have an amazing Jubilee picnic,” Curtis said. “There will be other ways to bring people from the community onto campus. We’re looking into other fundraising options.”

Most of all, Curtis said the Sisters are thankful for all the support from the community.

“We’ve enjoyed wonderful support year in and year out,” she said.

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