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Paczki postponed: Village Council putting 31st annual Fat Tuesday fundraiser on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

The ONE Village Council board voted to postpone the annual paczki fundraiser until 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic. But, you can still donate to the neighborhood.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Fat Tuesday in Toledo will be a little less fat for 2021, as a popular local fundraiser is trimmed from the schedule for this year.

The ONE Village Council has voted to postpone the 31st annual paczki fundraiser, originally scheduled to take place from Feb. 14-16, 2021. 

"This is a hands on process that we've been doing for the past 30 years and we want to keep our volunteers safe," said ONE Village Council Board President Alfonso Narvaez. "We thought about different ways of trying to do it this year, but it just would not have been logistically possible."

The popular Polish pastry fundraiser supports neighborhood improvements.

"It's the only fundraising we do. The money goes to neighborhood clean-ups, events. When the pandemic hit, we used funds to donate toys to emergency daycare centers and food to the senior center," explained Narvaez.

In lieu of the fundraiser, you can still help support the mission of the ONE Village Council by donating through checks made out and sent to: ONE Village Council, PO Box 845, Toledo, Ohio 43697.

Organizers hope to reschedule the fundraiser for the summer, but in case that isn't possible, it's set to return in 2022.

We'll keep you updated on the latest.