Evansville Rescue Mission doing well at their first Fall Festival

Published: Oct. 6, 2017 at 2:02 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2017 at 10:55 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Many booths set up for the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival have been there for years in their same spot, but occasionally, a new one gets picked to join the fun.

This year there were two: The Evansville Rescue Mission and the West Side Sportsmans Education Foundation.

Booth number 136 on your Munchie Map is the Evansville Rescue Mission, located right in front of the Gerst Haus.

"We've made sure every single year that we're on the list and we were just fingers crossed that we would get in and this year they notified us and said 'hey, you're in'  and so here we are," said Tracy Gorman, the President/CEO of the Evansville Rescue Mission.

They've waited over 10 years to be in the line-up at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, and what better time to start than on their 100th anniversary.

Tracy Gorman, the president of the Evansville Rescue Mission, said so far, so good.

"No one had any idea what this was going to be like," said Gorman. "We knew that it would be great but we didn't know how busy we were going to be."

Macaroni and Cheese is on the menu, but it's anything but ordinary. There are 3 kinds: jalapeno, Cajun, and their famous west-side mac n cheese with pulled pork, Grippos, and BBQ sauce.

But as the hungry get their munch on at the Fall Festival, the Evansville Rescue Mission will be able to do the same for over 2,200  families during the Thanksgiving holiday next month.

"We really do want to help more and more people each year through the Gobbler Gathering, and this will be able to help us do that," said Gorman. "It's a very large investment required event, well over 100,000 dollar investment so this will go a long way towards helping out more and more families because we find more and more families are in need."

Tracy said their goal is break even this year, and he said, judging by the turnout, it definitely won't be a problem.

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