On Saturday, April 29, supporters of our Home came from far and near for an entertaining evening of good food, good conversation and very good intentions. The Dinner was our Fifth Annual “Sharing the Vision of St. Jeanne Jugan” Fundraising Dinner held right here in our Home in as many years.
The Dinner was created to help raise funds to continue our Mission of serving the Elderly Poor and has grown in popularity each year. This year a tent was needed to provide for the additional guests that couldn’t quite fit into the main building. The evening’s program started with the option to attend Mass in the Chapel beforehand and once again, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM, Cap. was gracious enough to celebrate the Mass, and this year, was also able to stay for the Dinner.
Wonderful raffle prizes included gift certificates such as “Dinner for Four” to Frank’s Steak House in Cambridge and a giant dark chocolate and red wine package. In addition to the raffles, this year’s Dinner had Auction Items such as Dinner for Two at Union Oyster House in Boston donated by the owner, plus two tickets for a Red Sox Game held later that evening.
But one of the highlights of the evening had to be the bidding war for the football signed by Tom Brady that was graciously donated by the New England Patriots in order to help the Little Sisters with raising the funds they need. The figures went higher and higher and then finally, one lucky gentleman was able to outbid the rest and claim this amazing piece of sports memorabilia!
Local business people, clergy, and many friends and supporters came out that night to celebrate the Little Sisters and our mission, and to see first-hand the work that we do. The guests dined on a sumptuous meal generously provided and prepared by Somerville’s own Olde Magoun Saloon with their chef, Howard Haywood, as they met up with old friends and met some new ones.
We count on the support of many to continue our work. The Elderly can be a treasure-trove of wisdom and a great source of joy, and it is our pleasure to open our Home every year for this Annual Dinner, to welcome friends and neighbors, old and new, from local towns and beyond, and to share a fun-filled and high-spirited evening, all in order to benefit our precious Elderly.
If you have any interest in attending next year’s event, please contact our home at 617-776-4420 x390.