Motherhouse Spaghetti Dinner becomes a family affair

March 12, 2017 by

Spaghetti is the main course at the Sisters’ annual spring fundraiser, but other activities were a part of drawing what may have been a record crowd to the Nazareth Motherhouse today.

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Yes, there was spaghetti, of course. And prize drawings and a bake sale and tours of the historic Nazareth Motherhouse. Yes, there was a silent auction and even a quilt sale, along with live musical entertainment, grab-bags and Easter baskets.

Yet what there was most of was family — cousins and siblings and nieces and grand-nephews and… well… family of every description, who came to today’s annual Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph for something of a family reunion.

Many arrived in big bunches of family, spanning three or four generations. Others came in ones and twos to remember an aunt, great-aunt or other relatives who had been a Sister in Concordia.

“I never met her,” said one young woman of a great-aunt who had been a Sister and is now buried in the Nazareth Cemetery behind the Motherhouse, “but this place and these women were such important parts of her life… I just wanted to be here.”

She and her family were among hundreds of guests, along with untold volunteers, Sisters and staff, who filled the Motherhouse for today’s annual spring fundraiser.

Kitchen staff, buoyed by volunteers, served a record 625 dinners and the event raised $10,927 to benefit the ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Musicians performing today were the Bent Wind with a Kick, John Paul Breault, Sarah Jeardoe, Amber Rogers and Sheri Johnson.

In the prize drawings, the winners were:

  • $500 —Carroll Macke, Kansas City, Kan.
  • $300 cash —Kevin Shelton, Randall, Kan.
  • $200 cash —Cindy DeLeón, Concordia
  • Keurig coffee maker —Vicky Sweet, Salina
  • CharBroil grill —Ruth Reinert, Dodge City, Kan.
  • Quilt (made by Sister Betty Suther) — Debbie and Keith Sells, Belleville

Helping to draw the winning tickets was Austin Scheel, a great-great-nephew of Sister Norma Schlick.

The annual special event is organized by the sisters’ Development Office, with months of work by assistant director Ambria Gilliland and assistant Laura Hansen. During the dinner, Sister Loretta Jasper coordinated the legion of volunteers who came from across the state to help.

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3 Responses to “Motherhouse Spaghetti Dinner becomes a family affair”

  1. Loretta Jasper on March 13th, 2017 7:13 am

    It was a windy, blustery day outside; but a spirited and full-scale warm hearted and active day inside.
    Our guests absolutely LOVE what happens inside the building on this day.
    It is well worth the friend-making which occurs in the mix of spaghetti/spumoni ice-cream, baked goods/Easter baskets, grab bags, raffle tickets, silent auction, and self-guided tours of the Motherhouse.

  2. Faye on March 12th, 2017 5:42 pm

    Seems it was a busy and fun day. Thanks all for helping.

  3. Jodi Creten on March 12th, 2017 5:07 pm

    Looks like it was a fun day for all! Thanks for putting us there with pictures,Sarah.
    Thanks too for all the hard workers!

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