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Port Chester Family Enjoys Carnival Together

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Monohan family came out to the Corpus Christi Carnival Thursday for an evening of fun, food and games that made each child a winner.

"On a summer night this is perfect for the kids," said Sioban Monohan, holding her up son, who had just won a plastic sword from a toy shark-fishing game. "You can't beat it." Every year Corpus Christi Church puts on the carnival for a week in August, with proceeds benefitting the church and the Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School . Paul Gerardi, chairman of the carnival's planning committee, said the event typically brings in $60,000 to $100,000 every year.

"This is really important for the school," Gerardi said. "If it wasn't for this, the school would have to raise tuitions."

The church and school are not the only ones coming away with money. One of the carnival's main draws is the 50/50 raffle, which as of Thursday night was at $12,000.

The raffle is drawn Saturday, the last night of the carnival. Half goes to the church and the other half goes home with a lucky winner. Gerardi said it's gone as high as $22,000 in the past and this year's pot is likely to go higher by Saturday. While the money is important for the church and school, Gerardi said it's also good for the community. "It brings people together," he said. The carnival runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and is located on the field behind Corpus Christi Church at 136 S Regent St. Admission is free, but there is a charge for food and rides. What do you think of the Corpus Christi Carnival? Comment below or on Facebook.

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