Starting today, all youth-oriented events in the St. Louis Archdiocese will be bone dry.
That means no more lingering over cans of Bud Light for parents at soccer games, trunk-or-treats, scouting activities or any other events aimed at youth, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson told St. Louis Catholics in a letter.
For the booster clubs that sold beer at Catholic Youth Council sports, the new rule means a major change in fundraising.
"Obviously, there is not going to be as much money," says Father Larry Huber of Immaculate Conception Parish in Arnold. "Now [the athletic association members] are scrambling. We were using the proceeds of the concessions stand," and especially beer sales, "to offset the costs."
Huber said his parish's booster clubs are looking for a new way to make up that money, possibly in increased ticket prices or a new fundraiser.More »