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Mardi Gras 2023

Congratulations to our big Mardi Gras Reverse Raffle winners!

$150 Mark and Amy Somodi
$350 Susanne Lange
$500 Rhonda Best
$1000 Barbara Steinbeigle
$2000 Fabrizio & Schultz, LLC


$250 Gift Card Tree – Rhonda Sauers
50/50 Winner – Frank Eckart
Chance to Win $500 – Robert & Melissa Bowers
$500 Sideboard Winner – Andrea Traunero

Thank you to everyone that donated items toward our online/silent auction and congratulations to all of the winners listed below. If you won something and were not in attendance, please contact Andria at 419-447-0435 on Monday between 8:30am-4:30pm to make arrangements to get your item.

14K yellow gold “Cherry Blossom” Earrings donated by Jeffrey Jewelry – Robin Gorrell

Angel Tree with $100 worth of Lottery Tickets donated by Linda Bell and Linda Ritler, CPA – Jacqueline Morrison

Black & White Handbag with Gold Chain donated by Kuebler Shoes – Timothy Demith

Canvas Painting “Winter Peace” donated by Sr. Gemma Fenbert – Joan Alge

Cardinal Window with Message donated by Jami Fadley of Jam’s Monthly Market – Shelli Stockmeister

Deep Sauté Pan 5.5qt and Lid donated by Sam’s Club of Sandusky – Susan Verhoff

Dinner for 6 at the Genevieve House – donated by the Sisters of the Genevieve House – Ron Schock

Fiesta Basket – Donated by Sam’s Club of Sandusky, Casa Express and Xcaret Mexican Restaurant – William Sherman

Four Detroit Red Wings Tickets vs St. Louis Blues – donated by John Arnold of Arnold Vending – Mary Lyons

Four Tickets to Mark Farner’s American Band donated by the Ritz Theatre – Amy Breidenbach

Garden Hose, Chicken Decor and Fresh Eggs at FELC donated by Sam’s Club, FELC and a Friend of FELC – Rhonda Best

GearWrench 20-Piece Combination Ratcheting Wrench donated by Great Lakes Ace Hardware – Susan Verhoff

Gift Card Board donated by Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Penn
Station, Coppus Motors, Marco’s Pizza, Wendy’s, Big Mike’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Paulette’s, Viaduct Bar & Grill, & Golden Crown Restaurant – Anne Devine

Gift Certificate, 3 Bottles of Bourbon, Chocolates donated by The Renaissance of Tiffin and Friend of St. Francis Community – Mike Gerdeman

Gift Certificate, Lenten Reflections, Coffee & Mug donated by St. Francis Spirituality Center – Debra Schassberger

Handmade Blue Pottery Bowl & Green Vase donated by Mark Levans – Debra Schassberger

Hobo Lauren Mosaic Snake Purse & Pair of Earrings donated by Threads – Susan Verhoff

Laundry Basket Full of Products donated by Church & Dwight, Inc. (Arm and Hammer) – Susan Verhoff

Mardi Gras Theme Basket donated by Ralph’s Joy of Living – Michelle Cochran

Mardi Gras Wreath donated by Rhonda Sauers – Rhonda Best

One Night Stay and $20 Gift Card for Carmie’s donated by the Hampton Inn in Tiffin and Carmie’s BBQ & Grill – Bennett Borer

Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven and Pizza Basket donated by Travis and Ashley Hoffbauer, Hoffbauer Disposal Services and Ashley
Hoffbauer, The Recker Team – Howard Hanna – Timothy Demith

Personalized Fire Pit & Bundle of Logs donated by Sentinel Career Center and Anonymous – Molly Velez

Popcorn Theme Basket with Wine donated by Mark and Andria Marquis – Molly Velez

Salted Caramel Whiskey Basket donated by Mark and Andria Marquis – Shelli Stockmeister

Sampler Basket of Tiffin Products donated by Simply Susan’s and St. Francis Community – Molly Velez

Snow Shovel, SNOW Sign, Handmade Hat & Scarf – Friend of St. Francis Community – Joan Alge

Square Shaped Metal Wall or Mantel Clock donated by Ewald Furniture – Urban Schalk

Tickets for 8 People for Mardi Gras 2024 donated by St. Francis Community – Donna Brown

Two Tickets to the Toledo Symphony donated by the Toledo Symphony – Haley Albright

“23rd Psalm” Framed & Matted Needlework donated by Kay Shrewsbery & Sue Nowak – Timothy Demith

“Nature’s Journey” Historical Facts Framed Picture donated by Decker’s Furniture – Rhonda Best

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FELC Receives $10,000 Check from Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank CEO Tony Gorrell and John Schuld, V.P., Market Manager at Sutton Bank,  presented a check for $10,000 to the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC).  The funds will be used for need-based financial aid scholarships for FELC’s Summer Learning Camps, Science Days, and Seeds of Hope Agricultural Education Programs.  Accepting the check on behalf of FELC are Board Secretary Char Pope, Seeds of Hope Agriculture Program Supervisor Sr. Shirley Shafranek, Board President Tony Reser, Board Liaison Sr. Carol Inkrott, Education Coordinator Samantha Busack, and Seeds of Hope employee Clinton Kimmet.  For more information on FELC programs and scholarship availability, call 419-448-7485 or email FELC Director Mimi Johnston at To learn more about FELC, visit

Pictured (L to R): John Schuld, Char Pope, Sr. Shirley Shafranek, Tony Reser, Tony Gorrell, Sr. Carol Inkrott, Samantha Busack and Clinton Kimmet.

Marathon LPGA Classic Donates Record $600,000 to 25 Northwest Ohio Children’s Charities, including $37,500 to FELC

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Making ‘sense’ of nature—News Article

Sister Shirley Shafranek, of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, demonstrates sound makers such as a set of colorful plumbing pipes on the wall that sound different tones as well as a cowbell, a wash board, gourds and a tin can that make noise in the “hear” section of the new Sensory Garden. A colorful sign proclaims the garden has been established in 2020. A pond is included in the garden, and one corner (below??????) features butterfly and succulent flower beds.

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