Friday, August 27, 2010

Catholic Charities "Roast" Rescheduled

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Catholic Charities of Idaho has rescheduled its largest fundraiser, after an independent candidate for governor forced its delay.

The charity had planned to hold its fourth annual Loaves and Fishes event, its largest fundraiser of the year. The event, modeled after New York City's Al Smith Dinner, was slated to be a roast of Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, his Democratic opponent Keith Allred, Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick and his Republican challenger Raul Labrador.

Independent gubernatorial hopeful Jana Kemp labeled the fundraiser a "prohibited activity," risking Catholic Charities' nonprofit status.

"We're not in a position to use our stewardship dollars to fight a legal battle with Ms. Kemp," Catholic Charities Executive Director Rosio Gonzalez told Citydesk. "Yes, I did have a conversation with Ms. Kemp. She said she never intended to make the issue political, which she did. We agreed to disagree."

Gonzalez said the event has been rescheduled to Saturday, Jan. 29, long after the election is over.

"We don't know if we'll raise as much money then. We hope so," Gonzalez told Citydesk.

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