By Bill Cook, development director
The 6th Annual Celebrity Chefs at The Pinnacle event was a great success! Our 13 Celebrity “Priests” Chefs helped us raise much needed support for our Home. A special guest this year was our very own Bishop Daniel Thomas – Diocese of Toledo, who led everyone in a beautiful blessing. We celebrated the evening with our guests, who all really enjoyed the many different aspects of the night’s festivities. From our ever popular “Mystery Box” sales to the many different items on our Silent auction tables, our guests had much to choose from.
A high point of the evening was the live auctioning of two “Rectory Dinners”, with Msgr. Michael Billian and Msgr. Dennis Metzger, and a “Dinner with Bishop Thomas”. Following the live auctions, we held a new feature for the event, a Texting Fund Drive, where we invited our guests to text in their donations from their cellular phones and watch as we raised $5,000 in 5 minutes to help the Sisters purchase new bed linens and towels for the Residents.
Lynn and Dan Anderson, our Masters of Ceremony, did an excellent job on stage. We had four Chefs Stations each serving different foods; Carved Beef Tenderloin, Rotini Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Italian Sausage and Beef Meatballs, Roasted Chicken with Piccata and Marsala Sauces, and Salmon with Lime Hollandaise and White Wine sauces – just to name a few. Guests were entertained by the live video streams of the Chefs in action as they were interviewed by Mark Thees, owner of the Pinnacle. The Chefs talked about all the great foods they were serving and asked the guests to help support the Little Sisters with a donation.
Special thanks go out to Mark Thees, Lynn and Dan Anderson, our Advisory Board Members, and our wonderful volunteers for helping to make this event a great success!