2019 Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala

The 12th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala benefiting the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center was a huge success! This year we are celebrating 25 years of environmental education at FELC so this year’s Gala was especially meaningful. The proceeds make it possible for the staff to provide center and school based programming to approximately 4,500 children and adults each year from across Northwest Ohio. Over 400 guests enjoyed a warm summer evening attending the Gala in support of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. Over $25,000 was raised to support our educational programs.

St. Francis Community Corporate Sponsors:

  • Major Sponsor
  • Clouse Construction
  • Gold Sponsors
  • Sacksteder-Worland Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Clouse Electric
  • Silver Sponsor
  • Journey Group Financial Solutions
  • Bronze Sponsors
  • Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Dundore Plumbing, Heating and Cooling LTD.
  • Weininger Family Dentistry
  • Old Fort Banking Company
  • The Advertiser-Tribune
  • Mercy Health Tiffin Hospital
  • Your Legacy Federal Credit Union
  • Patron Sponsors
  • Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory
  • Fabrizio & Shultz, LLC
  • Jeffrey Shawberry, DDS, Inc.
  • Smith Frosted Foods

Gala Event Sponsors:

  • Edenwood Veterinary Clinic
  • UIS Insurance and Investments
  • Linda Ritzler, CPA, Inc.
  • Poet Biorefining – Fostoria
  • Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus LLC
  • Hempy Water of Tiffin, LLC
  • Tiffin University
  • JDH Construction, LLC
  • Fry Foods, Inc.
  • Beerco Distributing Co.
  • Aqua Ohio, Inc.
  • U*New Tent Rental
  • Apex Clean Energy Holding, LLC – Republic Wind
  • Karen Sue Wikoff
  • Superior Energy Solutions
  • Heidelberg University

Thanks to all that donated items for our raffles, silent and live auctions:

  • Sisters of the Genevieve House
  • Dr. Jeanne Lange Ashworth & Robert Ashworth
  • Sister Paulette Schroeder
  • Reineke Family Dealerships
  • Lee’s Floor Covering
  • Derek Devine & Anne Lange Devine
  • Omer Schroeder
  • Christina & Delbert Shank
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Sisters of St. Francis
  • The Late Sister Dorothy Forman
  • Brad Meier
  • Rural King
  • Snyder’s Dragonfly Pottery
  • Crazy Cluckers Ranch
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Plaza Lanes in Fremont
  • Kiwanis Club of Tiffin
  • Sam’s Club
  • Toledo Walleye
  • TSC Tractor Supply Co.
  • Rosalie Moyer
  • North Central Ohio Electric Co-Op
  • Green Hills Golf Course
  • Loudon Meadows Golf Course
  • Clinton Heights Golf Course
  • Washington St. Outfitters
  • Dawn Iannantuano
  • Friends of Tiffin Park and Recreation Department
  • Fu Lin Buffet
  • Sauced
  • Benchwarmers Restaurant & Delivery
  • Smokey’s Family Restaurant and Tap
  • Lee’s Famous Recipe
  • Napoli Pizza
  • Chipotle
  • Denny’s
  • Rosie’s Soup-n-Such
  • Viaduct
  • Heavenly Pizza
  • Clover Club
  • Big Dipper
  • Put-N-Pita
  • Flowerland
  • Sister Gemma Fenbert
  • The Wine Merchant in Findlay
  • Snip-It Metals Arts
  • St. Francis Senior Ministries
  • Snow Trails in Mansfield
  • Andria Marquis
  • Sister Yvonne Fischer
  • Shadowbox Live in Columbus
  • Holiday Inn of Tiffin
  • Subtle Verse
  • Gillig Winery in Findlay
  • Ballerich’s Potato Chips
  • Shirley’s Popcorn in Findlay
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • GW’s Fine Foods & Spirits
  • Viaduct
  • Clover Club
  • Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center
  • Maritime Museum in Sandusky
  • Cinemark
  • Big Dipper
  • Linda Bell
  • Sister Christine Bielenda
  • Seneca Lanes in Fostoria
  • Rustic Flair & Brush
  • Designer’s Unlimited
  • Sister Joyce Hoile
  • Trapped Toledo Escape Room
  • Marathon Performing Arts Center
  • Fireside Brick Oven in Findlay
  • Oracle! Ohio LLC
  • Walmart
  • Chipotle
  • Gervasi Vineyard
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living
  • The Toledo Symphony
  • Heather Stucky
  • Goodtime Lake Erie Island Boat Cruises, LLC
  • Jennifer Gressman

Special thanks to the following for discounts, donations and other services:

  • St. Francis Convent Maintenance Staff
    Sisters of St. Francis Volunteers
  • Crosswaeh
  • Bill Jones, Auctioneer
  • David Zak, Master of Ceremonies
  • Tiffin Columbian Boys Cross Country Team
  • Father Tony Gallagher
  • Tony Reser
  • Mimi Lange Johnston
  • Char Pope
    Scott and Donna Swartz
  • Father Frank Murd
    Theis Septic Cleaning, LLC
  • Tom Inderrieden
  • Molyet’s Farm Market
  • Maureen Menacher
  • Sister Rosann Morman
  • Walmart
    Phillip’s Electric
  • Little Red Bakery of Gilboa
  • Sisters Donating Baked Goods
  • Rod and Terri Long
  • Diversified Graphics
  • John and Carolyn Cartwright
  • Ida Nissen
  • MJ and DP Smith
  • Sandra Maistros
  • Mark and Kate Longley
  • Herman and Mary Below
  • Jim and Marilyn Deats
  • Friends of FELC
  • Sister Rozanne Swope
  • Sister Jackie Doepker
  • Wine Merchant of Findlay
  • George Marsh and Mary Ann Rickus
  • Dexter and Julie Tiell
  • Larry and Linda Haas
Gala Flowers

2019 Gala Committee:

  • Anne Lange DeVine, Honorary Co-Chair
  • Rob Huntington, Honorary Co-Chair
  • Sister Jackie Doepker, Co-Chair
  • Omer Schroeder, Co-Chair
  • Mimi Lange Johnston
  • Father Frank Murd
  • Sister Shirley Shafranek
  • Andria Marquis

Upcoming Garage Sale Benefits FELC

Science Days 2019-2020

Fall Fest 2019

Family Hay Ride & Night Hike

Live Nativity

Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Johnston finds her role ‘endlessly interesting’


In its 25th year of operating, the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center has a new director. Mimi Lange Johnston started her new role in early June. “The time has really gone quickly,” she said. “There’s so much to do. There’s so many different aspects to the job, but most of it is fun.” A Tiffin native, Johnston graduated from Calvert High School in 1981, and then studied music at Ashland College.


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FELC celebrating 25th anniversary


The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1994, the center opened in one office with the goal of teaching people to have healthy relationships with nature and educating people about environmental sustainability.


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12th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala & 25th Anniversary of FELC

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