Why does St. Joe's have a picnic?
The St. Joe's Picnic was started in 1850 by a group of Ursuline nuns to raise funds to care for the orphaned children living at St. Joe's. The Picnic has continued for 173 years and remains as the largest annual fundraiser providing much needed support to cover the day-to-day operating expenses of the Home.
Many people do not realize that children still live at St. Joe's. However, the days of the traditional orphanage are gone. The children who now reside at St. Joe's were removed from abandoned, abusive, neglectful, violent and broken homes. They are wards of the state who are placed at St. Joe's for therapeutic treatment to help them move beyond their traumatic experiences and grow into successful young adulthood.
As expected, funding is provided from the state to assist with the cost of caring for these children, but this covers less than 77% of the actual expenses. This leaves a significant amount that must be raised by other means. The picnic is the major source of these additional funds and EVERY DOLLAR RAISED HELPS THE KIDS.