Sisters welcome guests to St. Patty’s Day fund-raiser

March 17, 2013 by

Sunday’s leprechaun, Lois Lervold

With a leprechaun flitting from table to table and sisters, staff and volunteers decked out in every shade of green possible, the Nazareth Motherhouse fund-raising dinner Sunday definitely captured the St. Patrick’s Day spirit — even if the menu was spaghetti and garlic bread, followed by spumoni ice cream.

Lois Lervold, who works in the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Initiatives office, played the role of the leprechaun-waiter. But all the sisters, agrégée candidates, CSJ Associates, other volunteers and Motherhouse staff joined in the wearin’ of the green.

All told, 500 dinners were served during the event, which raised $10,753 — both records for the annual event.

This year’s new feature was a small silent auction. But the big attraction was the drawing six prizes that had been donated to the Sisters of St. Joseph for the event.

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The winners were drawn at the end of Sunday’s dinner. The winner, and the item each won, were:

• Virginia Flax of Wakeeny, Kan., a 1,000-watt portable generator
•  Frank and Patricia O’Brien of Kinsley, Kan., a three-piece bistro set
• Brad Snyder of Concordia, a quilt handmade by Sister Betty Suther
• Betty Salzman of Salina, a $200 Amazon gift card
• Allen Cross of Wichita, $700 cash

The winning bidders in the silent auction, along with the items they bought, were:

• Marilyn Douglass, a collection of Peanuts figurines
• Carol Arts, a three-piece luggage set
• Michelle Metro, a seasonal picture and a picnic basket backpack
• Jane Wahlmeier, a “Stock Pot” kitchen basket
• Brandy Cyre, a Rachel Ray kitchen basket
• Isaac Morris, a homemade chocolate amaretto cake

Other popular features of the fundraiser were the bake sale of items homemade by Sisters of St. Joseph, a “cookie decorating” station and the “grab bag” of mystery gifts. Many guests also took part in the free guided tours of the Motherhouse — including, for the first time, the newly renovated living area on the fourth floor now known as the Nazareth Center.

The money raised at the annual event goes to support the ministries and missions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. The congregation today numbers about 135 sisters across Kansas and in eight other states and in Brazil.



3 Responses to “Sisters welcome guests to St. Patty’s Day fund-raiser”

  1. Breezy Wendel on March 17th, 2013 9:11 pm

    Dear sisters I so enjoyed the fund raiser . A great job. I had never been to a convent before and was totally over whelmed with the spiritual feeling that I felt. This is one of the best days I have had in a long time. I want to thank my sister in law for inviting us to this fundraiser.

    Thanks Rosie. Love you for being a freind and a sister in law.

    You have done more for my soul than you will ever know.

    Love forever

    Breezy Wendel

  2. Elizabeth (Betsy Gasperich) Miller on March 17th, 2013 4:55 pm

    How wonderful…….wish I could have been there. CONGRATS on your success……

  3. Jodi Creten on March 17th, 2013 4:47 pm

    Sounds like a great day was had by all!

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