October 12, 2017
Volunteers are welcome and on the day we visited we met a teacher from the Guerneville School, Kathy Smith and some 8th grade students from Forrestville Academy who were fulfilling their community service requirements. Holly Stoufer and Neva Titus, from Forrestville Academy, were in charge of distributing fresh fruit donated from the Guerneville School. Andrew Smith, an eighth grader from Guerneville School, was also volunteering.
This year the Redwood Empire Food Bank donated 100 turkeys for the Christmas distribution and we express our deeply felt appreciation!
St. Elizabeth’s was represented by Francine Korn, whose late husband Bertram (Buzz) Korn was a life long volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul, Eleanor Gerigk, Josephina Robles, Rosie Bohny and her son Al Bohny and wife Kristy Bohny, visiting from Clovis. Our religious education instructor Denise Britten volunteers and the secretary/treasurer of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Vickie Gonzales is volunteer coordinator at St. Elizabeth’s.
If you would like to donate to the program you can donate cash or checks or dried food stuffs in the designated boxes in the back of St. Elizabeth’s Church. The church is open for 9:00 AM mass Tues thru Fri; 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday and 9:00 AM mass on Sundays. If you would like to volunteer at the Russian River Food Pantry contact Vicky at (707) 869-3314.
Special thanks to MIKE’S FRUIT GARDEN in Fulton. That’s that big fruit stand on the right as you exit Hwy 101 on River Road, right Fulton Rd. (see photo below.)
Volunteers having fun posing for annual photo. This is a very special part of Christmas for each of them, sharing with people in need.
UPDATE: We are pleased to hear the dinner and auction made a good profit! Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful evening.
Thank you to Julie LaPlante for the photos.
What a spectacular event! The HARVEST FOR HUMANITY dinner and Auction Saturday night, Sept. 27, at the Friedman Center was a huge success. This annual St. Vincent de Paul Society fund raiser is always a wonderful night. This year the proceeds will benefit the Free Dining Room. Last year’s proceeds were used to purchase the new refrigerated truck for SVDP. One of the most stirring moments of the evening was the talk given by a man who had been homeless and helped by SVDP. He now is employed by SVDP and living independently.
We had two tables for our group from St. Elizabeth’s and St. Colman’s which included Fran Korn, Sherilyn Parmeter, Kathleen Sheridan, Michael Hall, Rich and Gina Busalacchi, Eleanor Gehrig, Ken and Jean Koutz, Irene Deem, Nina LoGuiudice, Grace Schemerhorn, Rose Chromy, Julie LaPlante, Jim Laughenberg and Micky Daly.
The highlight of the evening was our Fran Korn’s winning bid on item 5 which was a two night package in a 4 bedroom home in Marshall, with a home cooked meal for 8 people. 8 St. Elizabeth’s parishioners will enjoy wine, oysters, local and seasonal meat or fish, salad and potatoes in the beautiful setting this scenic town on Tomales Bay. Fran’s donation is given in memory of her late husband, Buzz (Bertrand) Korn who was very devoted to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years.
The food was delicious! I apologize I don’t have the name of the caterer but will publish it here as soon as I get it! The entrees were beef, salmon en croute, and a vegetarian entree, preceeded by a Caesar salad. We enjoyed wines from AVANT and Kendal Jackson. Cheesecake was served for desert. Kudos to the catere and the Friedman Center!
Here are some of the Program highlights:
Master of Ceremonies: Dave Rogers
Auctioneer: Phil Trau (owner of Pure Energy Productions)
Jim Adams: Jazz guitar
St. Joseph Health Sonoma County
van Lben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
West America Bank
American Ag Credit
First Community Bank
Sonoma Community Foundation
Kendall Jackson Winery
Summit Bank, Costco, Codding Foundation, Exhchange Bank, Luther Burbank Savings, Paradise Ridge Winery, E.R. Sawyer Jewelers, Santa Rosa Symphony, Bennett Valley Golf Club, Home Depot, Castello de Amorosa, Petaluma Poultry, Sonoma Raceway, Vineyards Inn Kenwood, San Francisco Symphony, A’Roma Roasters, Lance Kuehne-River Front Gallery, Ledson Winery, Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons, The Villa Restaurant, Kelly and Young Wines, Adobe Golf Club, Rooster Run Golf Club, Oliver’s Market, Troy Michael Salon, St. Rose St. Vincent de Paul, Floreal, Jackson’s Bar and Oven Courtyard by Martiot, Steve and Colleen Rose, Cline Winery, Trione Vineyard and Winery, Sushi to Dai For, Pullman Kitchen, Sixth Street Playhouse, J. Leonard Sloan, Fountain Grove Golf & Athletic Club, Alexander Valley Wine Growers, Schwab, Starks, Brrasserie Restaurant, Oakmont Golf Club, Omelet Express, Dutton Goldfield, Oasis Spa, Santa Rosa Golf Club, Chevy’s, Paradise Ridge Winery, Windsor Golf Club, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Ellie Lui, Pedersen’s Furniture, Lauthr Salon, Charlene Vervais, Luna Cakes, St. Francis Winery, Laureen Clinton, Gallo, Fiedman Bros. Peterson Winery, Morgan Winery and Home Improvement Center.
EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEE:
Don Nowacki, Chairman
Dave Rogers, President
Dana Luce, Executive Director
Charlene Vervais, Linda Gilbert, Lisa Schieberi Sue Lanahan, Mary Briggs, Cherie Walker, Diane Tomczak, Frank Gironimi, Bob Solak, Cathy McCool, Pat Louks and Jack Tolin
Peggy Wyman, Linda Balick, Will Daye, Evelyn Estrella, Lorena Fontanelli, Leroy Halbur, Denise Laws, Shira Wright, Jim Kelly, Free Dining Room Manager, Merrill Louks, Patty Lugo, Olivia Mendez, LaurenPatz, Charlene Richman, Karalee Solak, Cherie Walker and Cheryl Walker-MacLean.
Thank you to the Friedman Center and Wine Country Catering for a delicious dinner graciously served, and to Avant and Kendall Jackson for the wonderful wines!
Thank you to all who contributed to this worthwhile event!
Volunteers from St. Elizabeth’s Guild participate with St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army in the Russian River Food Pantry Program (Partner Agency of the Redwood Empire Food Bank) here in Guerneville.
West County of Sonoma has a large number of people living in poverty or barely above poverty levels, and the Russian River Food Pantry provides fresh produce and groceries. We would like to express our gratitude to Mikes Fruit Garden in Fulton who provide the generous fruit baskets.
If you would like to volunteer or donate call the office at (707) 869-2107 or email us at CHURCHELIZABETH@comcast.net.