As opposed as I am to serving my own kind, I had a blast last night serving dinner and hanging with my friends at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.  As I’ve said before, Mercy Home is our partner charity for Oktoberfest and together with them we are doing some really exciting things at this year’s fest.

Children from Mercy Home for Boys & Girls will be on hand Thursday, September 15th, during Oktoberfest to help cook and serve this 45 foot brat we all keep talking about.  In an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Midwest’s Longest Brat, Berghoff will cook the 45 foot brat on Federal Plaza with Senator John Cullterton will take the first bite of this historic record breaking brat.  Bites of the brat will then be sold beginning at 4:30 pm as a fund raiser for Mercy Home.  Don’t be a wiener, be a brat, buy a bite.

I’ve also mentioned the Oktoberfest raffle to benefit the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls:featuring a luxury weekend vacation for two to Southern California, sponsored by American Airlines, Strategic hotels & Resorts, and Travel Center Tours.  I wonder if there’s a limit to how many raffle tickets a brat can purchase?

Back to my main point…last night was a hit!  Joined by Carlyn and some other Berghoff friends, we helped serve a traditional German fare dinner to the kids at Mercy Home. Check out the pictures below.  As fun as it all is, I think the most rewarding aspect is to know how truly grateful Mercy Home is for our support and friendship.

“I am deeply grateful to Carlyn Berghoff and the Berghoff Restaurant for raising much-needed support for our young men and women, year after year.  Through this wonderful celebration, the Berghoff, and everyone who attends Oktoberfest, help us provide children living at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls with the tools they need to heal, to grow, and to flourish in life.  I always look forward to sharing in all the fun and festivities surrounding this great event every fall, “said Fr. Scott Donahue, president and CEO.

Less than a week till the big Oktoberfest…Prost!

Herman der German