Sisters welcome guests to annual fundraising dinner

March 25, 2012

Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, right, helps Holly Brown and James Willcox mix up all the tickets in the drawing for $500 cash during Sunday's Spaghetti Dinner at the Nazareth Motherhouse.

Some 430 guests plus scores of volunteers and Sisters of St. Joseph packed the Nazareth Motherhouse this afternoon for the annual fundraising Spaghetti Dinner.

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Part of the lure was a hearty dinner, complete with ice cream and beverages, along with performances by local musicians throughout the afternoon, a bake sale, grab bags and showings of the “Sunflower Journeys” 2008 segment celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. But drawings for nine prizes — all donated for the event — also drew participants to the Sunday afternoon event.

The prizes, listed with each winner, were:

  • $500 cash — Deb Blackwood of Clyde, Kan.
  • Apple iPad — Megan Nulf of Bartelsville, Okla.
  • Kenmore Gas Grill — Keith Sells of Belleville, Kan.
  • Quilt, handmade by Sister Betty Suther — Margaret Denneler of  Colby , Kan.
  • Handmade Stuffed Dinosaur Pair — Elijah Tremblay of Emporia, Kan.
  • $250 Rod’s Gift Card — Kenneth Hammerbacher of Belleville, Kan.
  • $100 Target Gift Card — Leanna Rexford of Ponca City, Okla.
  • $100 Lowe’s Gift Card — Mary Ann Palmquist of Concordia
  • $100 Applebee’s Gift Card — Maxine Boling of Clyde, Kan.

Musicians who performed during the dinner were Jane and Amanda Wahlmeier, Sarah Harvey, Gina Sanders and Sister Lucy Schneider.

A special guest at the dinner was Irene Saulnier of Concordia, who attended with numerous family members. Emcee Cheryl Lyn Higgins introduced Mrs. Saulnier to the crowd and had them join in singing “Happy Birthday” to her, in advance of her 100th birthday later this week.