Sisters welcome guests to annual fundraising dinner

March 25, 2012 by

Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, right, helps Holly Brown and James Willcox mix up all the tickets in the drawing for $500 cash during Sunday's Spaghetti Dinner at the Nazareth Motherhouse.

Some 430 guests plus scores of volunteers and Sisters of St. Joseph packed the Nazareth Motherhouse this afternoon for the annual fundraising Spaghetti Dinner.

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Part of the lure was a hearty dinner, complete with ice cream and beverages, along with performances by local musicians throughout the afternoon, a bake sale, grab bags and showings of the “Sunflower Journeys” 2008 segment celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. But drawings for nine prizes — all donated for the event — also drew participants to the Sunday afternoon event.

The prizes, listed with each winner, were:

  • $500 cash — Deb Blackwood of Clyde, Kan.
  • Apple iPad — Megan Nulf of Bartelsville, Okla.
  • Kenmore Gas Grill — Keith Sells of Belleville, Kan.
  • Quilt, handmade by Sister Betty Suther — Margaret Denneler of  Colby , Kan.
  • Handmade Stuffed Dinosaur Pair — Elijah Tremblay of Emporia, Kan.
  • $250 Rod’s Gift Card — Kenneth Hammerbacher of Belleville, Kan.
  • $100 Target Gift Card — Leanna Rexford of Ponca City, Okla.
  • $100 Lowe’s Gift Card — Mary Ann Palmquist of Concordia
  • $100 Applebee’s Gift Card — Maxine Boling of Clyde, Kan.

Musicians who performed during the dinner were Jane and Amanda Wahlmeier, Sarah Harvey, Gina Sanders and Sister Lucy Schneider.

A special guest at the dinner was Irene Saulnier of Concordia, who attended with numerous family members. Emcee Cheryl Lyn Higgins introduced Mrs. Saulnier to the crowd and had them join in singing “Happy Birthday” to her, in advance of her 100th birthday later this week.


3 Responses to “Sisters welcome guests to annual fundraising dinner”

  1. Loretta A. Jasper, csj on March 28th, 2012 6:16 am

    The Fr. Andy Plesa, pastor from Sacred Heart Parish,Aurora, IL. when preparing for a parish fundraiser would always say: “Yes, this is a fundraiser. Having a good time comes first.” Jeanette you captured the fun and upbeat spirit quite well.
    The parking crew was particularly grateful to have a perfect day for weather as well…out and about welcoming guests without either getting drenched, or collecting icicles on their jackets, as has usually been the case.

  2. Jeanette Wasinger, csj on March 25th, 2012 9:09 pm

    The day of the annual Spaghetti Dinner … including more than a spaghetti dinner … is over, and the special events of the day will continue to be remembered. It was all about relationships via food, a lovely setting, and the generosity of all of the donors of food and very special prizes. The spirit was calm, upbeat and the “volunteer neighbors” provided hospitality as graciously as the Sisters of St. Joseph. Once again, Sarah has invited those who could not be here physically to enjoy the pictures and printed word. Thanks to all who made it happen and to those who participated by being here or from a distance … wishing you could be here!

  3. Jodi Creten on March 25th, 2012 5:51 pm

    Thanks, Sarah, for again bringing all of us on the outskirts into the beauty of the day. Would more modern technology let us smell the spaghetti also?

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