CANARYVILLE — A block party on Saturday will help raise money for an historic neighborhood church and food pantry, and neighbors are invited to attend.
Union Avenue Methodist Church, 4356 S. Union Ave., will hold its fourth block party fundraiser from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, the church announced on its Facebook page. Money raised from the festival will help keep open the church and its food pantry, as the 140-year-old institution has had trouble in recent years paying its bills.
Hosted by the Busted Knuckle Riders motorcycle group, the event seeks to rally neighbors to help save the church, which has operated a popular, weekly food pantry for years.
"They've done everything in the world for the neighborhood. It's about time the neighborhood does a little something for them," Tommy Jones, director of the Canaryville Veterans Riders Association, said about the church and the fundraiser in 2014.
This year, a $20 donation will cover food and drinks, including tap beer. Children accompanied by adults are free. Raffles will also be held, including one for a 43-inch 4K television. Bands will play throughout the day.
The party will be held on 43rd Place between Union and Emerald avenues.