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October 8, 2013

Ladies of Grace Episcopal preparing for annual cheeseball fundraiser

By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times

— For the past 27 years Cullman residents and folks from surrounding areas have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to purchase cheeseballs from the ladies of Grace Episcopal Church (Grace ECW).

These cheeseballs can be frozen for later use at holiday get-togethers, office parties, tailgating and a myriad of other festive occasions. This also saves working moms and wives a lot of time, just when they are the busiest.

People of all ages love cheeseballs. They are easy to take along, simple to serve, and they make wonderful hostess gifts or Christmas presents.

Each fall, these industrious ladies gather in groups, sometimes in shifts, to form an assembly line for incorporating the ingredients. Each lady has a station. The ingredients almost invariably start with softened cream cheese. Then the culinary magic takes place.

Some are transformed into sweet treats, chock full of chocolate chips and ready to spread on a crisp graham cracker. If you like something a little bit different, you might enjoy the Boursin flavored cheeseball, which is a combination of butter, red wine, parsley and garlic. This one is surprisingly delicious as a spread on grilled steak.

In addition to Chocolate Chip and Boursin, there are many community favorites, like Chipped Beef, English Cheddar, HENrietta, Mount of Olives, and Ponderosa, all of which sell for only $8 each.

Pre-order yours now to make sure that your name is on the list. That list grows year by year. In 2011, the ladies sold 1,900 cheeseballs.

The proceeds from the sale of the cheeseballs allow the Grace Episcopal Church Women to contribute to various outreach projects. Last year alone they were blessed to be able to contribute over $8,000 to such projects. Local contributions included those to the Pilot Light Home, the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, CCC-the Committee on Church Cooperation-Easter baskets, school supplies and Thanksgiving food for foster families of DHR.

Other agencies which benefit from the sale of these cheeseballs is Wilmer Hall, a Mobile orphanage, the ECW College Scholarship Fund; the ECW Camp McDowell Scholarship Fund for children who need financial assistance to attend the church camp, and to Episcopal Relief and Development, a worldwide relief agency.

The committee members ask that you please place your order by October 14. Make your check payable to Grace ECW, 305 Arnold Street, NE, Cullman, AL 35055. You can pick up a form for mailing, or you may call the church office at 256-734-6212, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Orders not picked up by December 20, 2013 will be re-sold and money already paid will be considered a donation to Grace Episcopal Church Women.

“We really appreciate the communities continued support for our Cheeseball Ministry" said Chairman of the Cheeseball Committee, Sammie Danford. "Also, for the ladies of Grace Church who work diligently year after year and their commitment, it takes us all being a great team, I’m very blessed to be a part of it."