Enthusiastic crowd packs Motherhouse for fundraiser

March 22, 2009 by

A silent auction featuring more than 30 items garnered the intent attention of many of those attending Sunday's spaghetti dinner.

A silent auction featuring more than 30 items garnered the intent attention of many of those attending Sunday spaghetti dinner.

The offer of good food, great company, an array of pianists and a chance to bid on eclectic silent auction items — including a religiously maintained “gently used” car — drew a crowd to the Motherhouse in Concordia Sunday afternoon and packed both the dining room and auditorium.

Sisters of St. Joseph and associates, along with employees and family members, volunteered as servers at the second annual Spaghetti Dinner to support the ministry and mission of the Concordia-based religious order.

Both the main dining room and the auditorium at the Motherhouse were packed with diners Sunday afternoon.

Both the main dining room and the auditorium at the Motherhouse were packed with diners Sunday afternoon.

The Development Office, which organized the event, estimated Sunday’s crowd at about 350. About 300 attended last year’s event. Totals on how much money was raised should be available Monday.

The menu for the day was spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread salad and biscotti cookies made by the sisters.

The event closed with the announcement of the final bidders in the silent auction — which included the sale of a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier that had been driven by one of the sisters. Topped with an oversize red bow, it sold for $1,400.

While many of those attending were from Concordia, others came from as far away as Topeka and Kansas City.

Sister Loretta Jasper, left, announced the winning bidders at Sundays silent auction, with assistance from Executive Development Director Martha Bryant.

Sister Loretta Jasper, left, announced the winning bidders at Sunday's silent auction, with assistance from Executive Development Director Martha Bryant.

The biggest ticket item at Sundays silent auction was a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier that had been religiously maintained.

The biggest ticket item at Sunday's silent auction was a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier that had been religiously maintained.

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3 Responses to “Enthusiastic crowd packs Motherhouse for fundraiser”

  1. Jodi Creten, CSJ on March 25th, 2009 6:17 pm

    Another grand event in a spirit of cooperation and hospitality—
    Sisters and volunteers. Was there in spirit and was happy to “read all about it!” Thanks to all for much hard work!

  2. Bette Moslander on March 25th, 2009 4:18 pm

    I think the committee responsible for organizing this event did a marvelous job. Everything thing moved along with no upsets. Volunteers moved into their work smoothly as if they had all practiced a dozen times and the spirit was joyful. A great piece of work, Congratulations to all involved and thanks. Bette

  3. Jeanette Wasinger, csj on March 23rd, 2009 6:31 am

    I could hardly wait to see the pictures and read the story of the Spaghetti Sunday event in Concordia. I told all of the Orange people I saw about the event, and they were in the spirit, too. It’s obvious that it was a great success. The meal “a la Larry Metro and staff” was excellent. It sounds like the Silent Auction was a smashing success. Congratulations! I can see that a good time was had by all.

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