Overflow dinner crowd enjoys music, prizes, fellowship

March 27, 2011 by

Nearly 500 friends, family, volunteers, supporters and neighbors packed the Motherhouse this afternoon for the Sisters of St. Joseph annual spaghetti dinner.

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Part of the attraction of the year’s biggest fundraiser was a chance to renew old friendships and spend time with the sisters at the Motherhouse. But an additional draw this year were drawings for five special prizes donated for the event.

JoAnn and Roger Long of New Amelo, Kan., won the $500 cash prize, while Don Van Roekel of Logan, Kan., won the full-size quilt handmade by Sister Betty Suther. The other winners were Peggy Thompson of Beloit (a 19-inch television), Paul Splichal of Munden (a $250 gift card to Rod’s Thriftway) and Dolores Aytes of Concordia (a portable DVD player).

There were also door prizes drawn throughout the afternoon for table runner sets made by the women at the Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia, one of the newest sponsored ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph

About 60 Sisters of St. Joseph from throughout Kansas were on hand to greet the guests. They served as hostesses and servers throughout the dinner, plus offered a bake sale and led tours through the historic Nazareth Motherhouse.

The overflow crowd was treated to five performances of  live music, ranging from a classical guitarist to a clarinet quartet. Cloud County Community College band director Patrick Sieben helped arrange the performances and played saxophone as part of The Bent Wind Ensemble.

One unexpected part of the afternoon was a surprise birthday cake and song for Fernanda Mansilla, an international student from Chile and a member of the women’s basketball team at Cloud County Community College. She and several other team members came to the dinner as guests of Jim and Marilyn Douglass, who asked if the sisters could acknowledge Fernanda’s 20th birthday today.

This was the fourth year for the spaghetti dinner. Attendance last year was estimated at about 375, while this year 480 dinners were served.

Sister Loretta Jasper was instrumental in coordinating the dinner, which was organized by Sister Jean Rosemarynoski and the Development Office.

The proceeds from the dinner benefit the various ministries and programs of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

For another slideshow with another 20 photos from the dinner, CLICK HERE.


4 Responses to “Overflow dinner crowd enjoys music, prizes, fellowship”

  1. Missy Ljungdahl on March 29th, 2011 6:54 am

    Thanks for all the hard work that went into this event. It looked like a real celebration. I too appreciate the pictures and the story. God bless you all.

  2. Helen Mick on March 27th, 2011 6:19 pm

    It looks like everyone was having a really good time enjoying the spaghetti dinner and all that went with it. Many, many thanks to all who worked so hard to pull it off. Thanks also for getting these pictures and the article on the web so quickly. Feels almost like being there!

  3. Jodi Creten on March 27th, 2011 5:47 pm

    Being out and away from “home” I still felt at home with the pictures and write up capturing the day’s events! Looks like lots of neighbors enjoyed one another’s company to the full!
    Thanks to all for the hard work in organizing, coordinating and doing a lot of leg work both prior to and on the day of the event.

  4. Loretta Jasper on March 27th, 2011 4:52 pm

    We cannot say “thanks” too many times for the wonderful support and participation of our “dear neighbors”. All of us is blessed to be in relationship with each other.

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