H.O.O.K.S dinner raises $65,000

St. Joseph School held its annual H.O.O.K.S (Helping Out Our Kids’ School) Dinner at the High School/Middle School Cafeteria on Jan. 26.


It was started nine years ago by St. Joseph alumni who wanted to provide additional support for items not budgeted by the school.  

The chief organizers of H.O.O.K.S. are Bob and Cheryl Imboden and Ray and Betty Luyet.

The event consists of a catfish/chicken dinner followed by silent and live auctions. Donald Bryant of The Fish House in Conway supplies cooking oil, frying equipment and does some of the cooking.  

St. Joseph graduate Gerard Martin is the auctioneer.

Since H.O.O.K.S. was organized more than $300,000 has been given to the school. About $65,000 was raised this year. In the past, the money has been used to purchase computers, library books, playground equipment, and other costly needs.  

Some funds have also gone to provide scholarships at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.