The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Willy Street Co-op announced Monday that the annual La Fête De Marquette, scheduled for July 8-11, has been canceled for the safety of attendees and staff members who would work the event.
This is the second straight year that La Fête De Marquette, Wil-Mar’s largest fundraiser that has raised over $1.2 million since its inception 15 years ago, has been canceled.
“We are committed to making sure we’re able to take care of the people we serve during this pandemic, so we’re going to have to rely on community support in other forms,” said Gary Kallas, executive director of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, in a statement. “We’ll once more launch an online giving campaign, and we hope that the people who would buy a raffle ticket or spin the wheel or buy a drink at Fete will continue to show their support as they did in 2020. The people we serve rely on it.”
The decision to cancel the event benefiting the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center was made after a review of the state’s COVID-19 plan, discussions with local officials and consultation with Willy Street Co-op, which is the presenting sponsor.