April 23, 2007

Delano Catholic Community's Spring Social set to a different tone this year

By Kelsey Linden
Staff Writer

Sitting intently around a table, a group of parishioners discussed an event that has been a part of St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s spring season for many years.

Openly offering suggestions, Stephanie Russek said, “This year, let’s not call this a gala. How about we call it spring social?”

“They wanted to call it a social because they wanted it to make it different from the past and to make it a fun thing,” said Joseph Henry.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the St. Peter’s Catholic School gymnasium,

In past years, the Delano Catholic Community has put on themed fundraisers in hopes to bring the community together.

With all the construction that will take place at St. Peter’s, the theme for this event is ‘Under Construction.’ Yet, the theme is not solely generated by the fundraising campaign.

“The funding doesn’t go to the parish project, just the parish fund,” Henry said.

“It ties in because we are under construction in so many ways in our church, but everything in our whole lives is always under construction,” Russek added.

With the theme being “Under Construction,” people are encouraged to come dressed as construction workers.

Russek laughed before saying, “Bring your tool belts!”

The spring social will feature the usual silent and live auctions, but it will also be hosted by Delano Mayor Joseph McDonald. A full dinner, dance, and entertainment will also be a huge change to this year’s social event.

“I don’t know if it’s super different than the years before, I just know that it’s being put together with a very different mindset,” Russek said.

Above all, Russek continued, “We’re looking for a very fun night for everyone to get out and socialize and spend time together. We felt a need to push stronger fellowship in our church.”

Some of the auctioned items include baskets, gift certificates, hot-air balloon rides, ice skating and hockey lessons, oil painting, rounds of golf, exterior home painting, a 500-pound log bed, massages, a handmade kneeler, a hand-crafted American flag, Winstock Country Music Festival tickets, and photos of the very first pictures of St. Peter’s Church that will be enlarged, framed, and available for auction.

“We have worked so hard to get some really unique items, but the biggest thing about this is just bringing the community together,” Russek said. “It gives people a great opportunity to spend some time together.”

“This is a very unique, distinctive, local thing that the church is putting on,” Henry added.

Both Russek and Henry fully believe that it’s been a group effort.

Members on the committee include Stephanie Russek, Eric Russek, Jeremy Arthur, Holli Arthur, Anne Linden, Joseph Henry, Sarah Plese, and Nancy Ganzel.

Tickets to the social event are $25 per person, and available at the parish office. Call the parish office at (763) 972-2077 to reserve tickets.

St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s Church will accept auction items and donations through Friday night. For more information, call Holli Arthur at (952) 955-1227.

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