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Dayton church’s 90th annual event for charity breaks records

Published: Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Christ Episcopal Church’s Women of the Parochial Society, one of eight women’s groups at the church at the time, launched Waffle Shop in 1929.   The holiday fundraiser has grown over the years.
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Christ Episcopal Church’s Women of the Parochial Society, one of eight women’s groups at the church at the time, launched Waffle Shop in 1929. The holiday fundraiser has grown over the years.(Christ Episcopal Church "The History of Waffle Shop.")

One of Dayton’s sweetest holiday traditions set a fund-raising record for the event’s 90th anniversary.

Emily Joyce says the Christ Episcopal Church’s 2019 Waffle Shop raised more than $27,000.

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That’s a far cry from the $209.40 raised during the first Waffle Shop in 1929 and the $22,000 raised in 2018. 

Christ Episcopal Church’s Women of the Parochial Society, one of eight women’s groups at the church at the time, launched Waffle Shop in 1929. The holiday fundraiser has grown over the years.(Christ Episcopal Church "The History of Waffle Shop.")

“It being the 90th year got people really nostalgic,” Joyce, the parish administrator, said. “I think people were eating more. They were shopping more. That really helped us bump up our total.”

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About 2,000 showed up to the waffle, sausage and baked goods fueled event held Nov. 19-22. 

Christ Episcopal Church, located at 20 W. First St. in downtown Dayton and home of The Waffle Shop fundraiser which celebrated its 90th anniversary, was built in 1871 and is currently decorated for the Christmas season. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER(Tom Gilliam)

The increase in dinners and shoppers means that the church will be able to give out more in community scholarships, Joyce said.  

After expenses, she said the church will distribute $20,000 to Dayton area non-profits.

In 2019, the church distributed $17,877 in grants from Waffle Shop to local organizations involved in feeding, clothing and providing essential services to people in need within the Miami Valley.

 

Joyce said the church was grateful for the community’s support. 

“That money goes out to support really good work in our community,” she said.