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Jilka donation will spice up March 22 Spaghetti Dinner

web-DinnerWithTheSistersA surprise donation of nearly a dozen pieces from Jilka Furniture in Salina will add excitement to this year’s annual Motherhouse Spaghetti Dinner, hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

The event is Sunday, March 22, with dinner served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Bud and Loretta Jilka, who are in the process of closing their family’s two Salina stores, donated an array of framed artwork, candlesticks and other decorative pieces to be included in the silent auction. A number of quilts, art pieces and other home décor items had already been donated for the auction.

There will also be drawings for other prizes of up to $500 cash. Other activities include the popular “grab bag,” with gifts for $1, $2 and $3, and a bake sale.

Dinner tickets in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12. (Children 4 and younger eat free.) They are available by calling Amanda Jeardoe at the Motherhouse, 243-2113, ext. 1223, or by e-mailing her at

Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 12.

Ticket holders in the drawing decide which prize to try for. This year there are cash prizes of $500, $350 and $250, plus a Kansas State University football autographed by Coach Bill Snyder, a Kansas State University basketball autographed by Coach Bruce Weber, a five-burner CharBroil gas grill, two wrought iron park benches and a handmade quilt.

Winners will be drawn about 1:15 p.m., but you need not be present to win. Winners in the silent auction will be announced at the same time.

One special display this year will explain the Year of Consecrated Life, which Pope Francis announced for 2015 with the theme “Wake Up the World!”

In 2014, nearly 600 people attended the sisters’ spaghetti dinner.

The Sisters of St. Joseph is a religious order of women who came to Kansas in 1883 and established the Nazareth Convent and Academy in Concordia a year later. There are about 130 Sisters in the congregation, serving missions in 15 cities and towns in Kansas, plus others in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota and Texas, and in Brazil. About half the sisters live and serve in Concordia.


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