Church makes gifts to five nonprofits

Trinity UMC Little Rock children’s minister Paul Owen, left, prepares to present checks to representatives from five different nonprofit organizations as the Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder speaks about the reasons the church chose those five beneficiaries. AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Trinity UMC Little Rock children’s minister Paul Owen, left, prepares to present checks to representatives from five different nonprofit organizations as the Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder speaks about the reasons the church chose those five beneficiaries.
AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Mac ‘N’ Cheez Mania nets $16k to help others

Trinity United Methodist Church Little Rock during a May 12 ceremony presented checks for $4,000 each to Arkansas Foodbank, CanvasCommunity UMC, Harmony Health Clinic, Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp and Our House Shelter. The bulk of the funds—$16,000 of the $20,000 given—came from the inaugural Mac ‘N’ Cheez Mania festival, sponsored by Trinity and held April 11, 2015, at War Memorial AT&T Stadium.

“We had planned for approximately three to four hundred people, and by our estimates, between 1,500 and 2,000 showed up,” said the Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder, the church’s pastor. “It really increased our ability to provide resources into the community.”

While the action at Mac ‘N’ Cheez Mania centered on macaroni and cheese made by local restaurants as well as amateur teams, its proceeds had a broader focus: the church’s support of missions that serve children, fight hunger and promote health and education.

“All these organizations we’re thrilled to be partners with, and hope to partner with in the future,” Snyder said. “We can’t say enough about their good work.”

The second annual Mac ‘N’ Cheez Mania will take place Saturday, April 9, 2016. For information, visit www.LittleRockMacAndCheese.com.