Good Samaritan Ministries holds annual fundraiser at Alto Vineyards

ALTO PASS, Ill. (KBSI) – On a sun-soaked Sunday afternoon in Alto Pass, Good Samaritan Ministries, or the Good Samaritan House as it is locally known, held its annual fundraiser at Alto Vineyards. 

Good Samaritan Ministries provides a number of services to the needy in the Carbondale area, including an emergency shelter, to which the funds raised from Sunday will go. 

Executive Director Patty Mullen said the feeling of helping someone get back on their feet during a rough patch in life is irreplaceable.

“I love to help people. It is such a good feeling to get up in the morning and know that you’re going to go out and help somebody,” she said. “We couldn’t do what we do and provide the services that we do without the great support that we have from our community.” 

Mullen said the organization relies more on fundraising during this time of the year.

“In the summertime, the state is at the end of their fiscal year,” she said. “We’re at the end of our fiscal year, so the money kind of slows down. The funds kind of slow down, so at that point we turn to fundraising, so this is very important to make it to fall.”  

Local musician Kevin Lucas has assisted with this fundraiser for the last seven years. He said that providing help to those who need it makes his music that much more meaningful. 

“To me, being famous isn’t important. Helping places like the Good Samaritan House, that’s what makes the music worth it,” he said. “You could not only touch someone with your music, but you could do something to help them, people in need that are struggling. At the end of the day, that’s why I do it.” 

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