Winter Splendor raises funds for Catholic Charities
By Albert de Zutter
Catholic Key Editor
ST. JOSEPH - About 150 people went out on a rainy night to celebrate and support the work of Catholic Charities in the northern half of the diocese Feb. 19. The occasion was the annual "Winter Splendor" dinner and silent auction, held this year at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall.
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Robert and Carol Shaffer of St. Joseph Parish in Easton received one of 11 Catholic Charities Community Spirit Awards at the
The occasion also provided a setting in which to honor those chosen by their parishes for the Catholic Charities Community Spirit Awards.
Deacon Martin Goedken told the gathering the mission of Catholic Charities is "to fulfill God's mandate to care for those who are vulnerable." Deacon Goedken, Catholic Charities associate director, heads up the Charities office in St. Joseph, serving the northern sector of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Goedken emphasized the obligation to serve the vulnerable. "It's a mandate, an order, not a suggestion," he said. The patrons by their presence were supporting the work of emergency assistance for such things as rent subsidies, utilities and food, counseling services, crisis pregnancy programs, restorative justice to help people make the transition from prison to society, rural community development, housing for the disabled and homeless, and ministry to Hispanics. His office serves the 15 northernmost counties in the diocese.
In his invocation, Father Gregory Haskamp, Guadalupe pastor, asked God to help the community "share generously as instruments of your mercy and to be your presence in this world."
Before dinner, people attending could sign bids in a silent auction for 29 gift baskets displayed on tables along the walls.
Frank Medina, coordinator of the event, said the silent auction brought in $1,735, while the overall gross proceeds of the evening, including the $75 per person event tickets, were $11,325, with expenses yet to be calculated.
Those receiving Community Spirit awards were:
Len and Joyce Amos, St. Mary Parish, St. Joseph; Ellouise Decker, St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish, Maryville; Peggy Ann and Chester Edwards, St. Patrick Mission, Forest City; Tony Gallus, St. Aloysius Mission, Maysville; Lynn Hockersmith, St. Munchin Parish, Cameron; Veronnica Middaugh, Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph; Ted and Joyce O'Meara, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, St. Joseph; Robert and Carol Shaffer, St. Joseph Parish, Easton; Robert Shalz, St. Francis Xavier Parish, St. Joseph, and John and Alice Villahermosa, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Savannah. Dave and Bernadine Stevenson received the Spirit Award for Business Community.
The awards are given to individuals "whose deeds, character and spirit exemplify the highest regard for service to others."