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LUM Follies 2018
A Smashing Success

The 7th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies was lovely evening and all in support of emergency financial assistance for local families.
The LUM Follies stage show wowed the audience, and the meal was delectable. LUM Follies guests bid generously on an exciting variety of Silent Auction baskets and made specific donations using the Butterfly Tree (community needs with donations amounts). At LUM Follies 2018, over $14,000 was raised for emergency aid — making this year’s LUM Follies the one of the most successful.

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. If you missed this year’s LUM Follies and still wish to make a difference by making a donation, click HERE.


CHECK OUT the PHOTOS from LUM Follies, click HERE

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How Attending LUM Follies Helps Local Families

Last year the LUM Good Samaritan Program served families 2,032 times and distributed $115,314 to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises. Here are three examples of how your support of LUM Follies helps local families.


Gregory had to move closer to his aunt, who had taken ill. He was suddenly homeless and unemployed. While he stayed in the LUM Emergency Shelter, Gregory looked for and found a new job in a local restaurant and soon after signed a lease for a new apartment. During this transition he needed “non-skid” shoes for his new job and some assistance with his security deposit for his new apartment. Gregory shared that he appreciates the support from the LUM Good Samaritan Program which gave him the stability and freedom to be close to and be there for his family — especially his aunt.


Freddie has nine children and 16 grandchildren. She lives with two of her grandchildren (her son’s two children). When Freddie agreed to help her son with his children she was working full-time and healthy. Unfortunately, Freddie fell and broke her leg, and after surgery and physical therapy still was not able to keep working. The LUM Good Samaritan Program was able to help Freddie with rent and food assistance. She shared that “LUM saved me and my grandchildren from being hungry and losing our home.”


Trisha & James are a happily married, hard working couple with three teenage children. When Trisha had to quit her job because of debilitating back pain, their family was in financial crisis. LUM Good Samaritan Program helped with the paperwork to receive food assistance and Medicaid and helped pay two months of electric bills to prevent their service from being disconnected. Trisha shared, “It was emotionally and physically difficult to go to LUM, but once inside everyone was so helpful and nonjudgmental that we left feeling positive about our financial situation and had hope for the first time in weeks.”


CHECK OUT the PHOTOS from LUM Follies, click HERE

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LUM Follies – Thanks & Acknowledgements

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES was successful this year because of our sponsors and a hard-working & talented team of volunteers & staff who worked together in support of the families in crisis in our community. The LUM Staff and Board of Directors wish to extend sincere thanks to our donors and the many individuals who assisted in the planning of this year’s LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies including:

LUM Follies Sponsors
Gold Level

  • Ron “Rock-Man” Jackson
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.

Silver Level

  • Andrea & David Schmidt

Bronze Level

  • Essential Touch Massage
  • Jo & Joe Micon

Silent Auction Basket Donors

  • Allegro Violin Shop
  • Bob Poynter
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal Church at Purdue (2)
  • Congress St. United Methodist Church
  • Debra, Thomas & Monique Parent
  • Eileen Weiss
  • Federated Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Gail & Charlie Davis
  • Heartland Church
  • Jo & Joe Micon
  • Linda Dolby & Cleve Shields
  • Marilyn & Mark Zerbes
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

In Kind Gifts

  • Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
    – 450 yeast rolls & cinnamon butter
  • Lafayette Brewing Company
    – Social Hour snacks – cocktail napkins, appetizers (hummus, veggies, dip, fruit, nuts, tortilla chips, salsa) and LBC root beer
  • St. Andrew UMC
    – candles, tablecloths, coffee, tea
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – ice

Special Acknowledgements

  • Rev. Chris Danielson, Rev. Joseph Seger & the staff & congregation of St. Andrew United Methodist Church—Our Hosts
  • Laurie Klenosky, Cindy Nycz, Dave Evans, Juan Valdez—St. Andrew Facilities Support
  • Wes White & Larry Theller—St. Andrew
    Sound, Lights, Video & Technology
  • Eileen Weiss—Entertainment Producer
  • Joan Low—Meal Coordinator
  • Bryn Seymour—Meal Preparation
  • Greater Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Boiler Out, Beta Upsilon Chi (Fairway Cooperative), Purdue Immigrant Allies, Purdue Reamer Club, Harrison High School Keyettes & Central Catholic High SchoolVolunteers
    (Set up, Serving & Breakdown)
  • Joe Micon, Berdine Martin, Linda Hicks, David Heckert, Connie Decker, Afternoon Receptionists, Hannah Cox, Emilee McCrackenEvent Support & Hospitality
  • Gayle Koning & Tricia Sembroski—
    Financial Management

LUM Follies Talent

  • Zoe Malavenda, Fred Koning, Jennifer & Christopher Wright, H.I.S. (Jane Creswell, Gail Polles, and Ellen Wilson), Brendan’s Boat Irish Fiddle & Dance (Bridget Hickey, Evangeline Hickey, Elijah Hickey, Charlie Hickey, JJ Newcomb, and Jessica Hickey), Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mark Buche, Kelly Jacobs, Bob Poynter, The Rev. Charlie & Gail Davis, Eileen Weiss, and David Stith – Talent
  • Guy Haley—Piano accompanist
  • Gary Tyner—Dinner pianist
  • Member Church affiliation of LUM Follies Talent— Faith Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Boniface Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County