St. Peter’s Middle School in Joplin is gearing up for its annual Munch Madness fundraiser, which is being billed as “a food sampler’s smorgasbord.”
Offerings from Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, Mexican and Greek cuisines will be available, said Lisa Green, president of the St. Peter’s home and school association and mother of a sixth-grader.
Those who attend will purchase a ticket worth 20 samples of international and local cuisine from restaurants including Hackett Hot Wings, Fortune East, China Pantry, Maria’s Mexican Cantina and El Caballo de Oro, as well as a coffee bar and many homemade dishes and desserts.
“For one punch on your card, you’ll get half a tamale, for example,” Green said. “By the time you fill up your tray, you’re stuffed.”
Green said the chefs typically prepare several hundred servings of their items, with 300 to 400 people expected to attend.
“It’s fun,” she said. “It’s a good fellowship kind of thing. We’ve had people come from other communities, too.”
Tickets are $8 apiece or $35 for a family of at least five; they are available at the door. A set of Beats headphones, a donation from the 15th Street Wal-Mart, will be raffled at the event; raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.
Proceeds will go to the home and school association, a parent-teacher group that assists the school with its needs. Green said the association, in previous years, has funded a variety of needs, from frogs to be dissected in science classes to new lockers, and a portion of the budget is earmarked for books and curriculum needs.
The fundraiser, which was launched more than a decade ago, borrows its name from March Madness. Past fundraisers featured televisions playing games of the annual college basketball tournament in the background, although it has been years since it was specifically tied to the tournament, Green said.
St. Peter’s Middle School’s Munch Madness will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the multipurpose room of McAuley Catholic High School, 930 S. Pearl Ave. Parking is available in the lot on the west side of the school.