Despite the difficulties on Saturday night, the drive-through event was able to raise at least $4,000 for Caritas Lebanon, a Christian relief organization offering aid to those affected by the recent catastrophic explosion in Beirut. Ten percent of gross sales from the drive-thru event, along with individual donations, accounted for this charitable donation to the Christian relief organization.
“We sold out of food, and with the donations we collected and the 10 percent of sales, we will be donating over $4,000 to charity, though I do not know the exact figure,” Father Harb said.
Inspired by the success of the Lebanese Festival, the St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church is planning more drive-through food events for charity in the future. The church is still in the process of organizing a Falafel event, which is set to take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the church’s new location, 50 Nutt Road in Washington Twp. Guests will also receive their Falafels in a drive-thru fashion, with all proceeds from the event going to Caritas Lebanon. And, though no details have been ironed out as of yet, Harb says that the church also plans to host similar drive-through events in November and January.
Stay up to date on all future announcements made by the Lebanese Festival by visiting their website or Facebook page.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Two festival drive-through events are coming up next weekend, with the opportunity to place advance orders.
Dayton Greek Festival
The Dayton Greek Festival will be hosting a carryout version of its popular event, set to take place on Friday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton.
Menu items include gyros, Greek pizzas, chicken souvlaki sandwiches, spanakopita, spinach pies, baklava and more.
Customers will be able to order online through the Dayton Greek Festival’s website (www.daytongreekfestival.com/online-ordering). Orders must be placed online in advance.
Italian Fall Festa
The Italian Fall Festa, an annual celebration of all things Italian, will offer festival food to go on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. in Kettering.
Menu items include spaghetti and meatball dinners, homemade calzones, sausage, meatball, Italian beef and Muffaletta sandwiches, pizza, pastries, cakes and deli items.
Guests will order their carryout meals on site and are required to wait in their cars while the orders are filled. The event is cash only. Customers can enjoy live music from their vehicles while they wait.
For more information, visit the Italian Fall Festa’s website at italianfallfesta.com.