2021-2022 Science Days

2021 Gala Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Gala Raffle Drawings include:

50/50 – John & Catherine Gase

$500 – Vicki Ohl

$250 Gift Card Tree – Old Fort Banking Co.

Grand Raffle A – Ford Mach E Package from Reineke Family Dealerships – Lenny Clouse

Grand Raffle B – Ohio State Parks Package Donated by Dell Burtis Law – Dan & Nikki Reineke

Congratulations to the winners of the Gala General Raffle:

1. Sunflower Glass Window – Mimi Johnston

2. $50 Worth of Lottery Tickets and Memo Board – Erin Devine

3. Pamper Yourself at The House of Beauty on Washington, LLC – Kelli Jones

4. Case of Milano Cookies – Anne DeVine

5. Wine and Set of Four Wine Glasses with Holder – Tony Reser

6. Birdfeeder, Bag of Birdseed and 2 Suet Packets – Lori Smith

7. Acrylic “Sunflower” Painting by Sr. Gemma Fenbert – Lori Smith

8. Ballreich’s Sampler Basket & Car Wash – Carol Iannantuono

9. Gift Card Galore (Board A) – Sr. Lisa Hershiser

10. Scarecrow Couple , “Give Thanks” Sign And 2 Movie Passes – Michelle Helkey

11. Sunflower Sign & Gift Certificate for Rustic Flair – Lori Smith

12. Bucket of Car Wash Supplies from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts – Darlene Bloom

13. Craft Brew Basket from The Laird Arcade Brewery – Darlene Bloom

14. Barnwood Framed “St. Francis Convent” Print – Darlene Bloom

Congratulations to the winners of the Gala Online Auction:


Twin Oast Brewing $300 Gift Card, growler, and burgundy t-shirt (XL). Leanne Smith

  • $50 Worth of Lottery Tickets & Metal Sunflower Wall Hanging – Vicki Lowery-Hopkins
  • Case of Milano Dark Chocolate Cookies – Alisa Huffman
  • Garden Table on Wheels with 2 Bags of Organic Raised Bed Mix, Hand Tools, Gardening Book, Gloves and Gift Certificate – Anne Marquis
  • “Kissed by the Sun” Sunflower Painting with Double Matte and Aged Walnut Frame – Alice Smith
  • Hummer Limo from The Renaissance on Wheels for 12-14 guests- Scott Swartz
  • Cooking Classes for Two (X2) – Anne M DeVine
  • Miss Cindy’s Cookies/Treat Every Month for One Year – Alice Smith
  • “Quiet Night at Home” Basket – Mimi Johnston
  • “Moonlight” Framed Acrylic Painting – Melissa Strite
  • Glass Sunflower Pendant – Anne Marquis
  • Tiffin Columbian Tornado Spirit Basket – Devin Oyster
  • Handmade Ceramic Sunflower Flower Pot – Melissa Strite
  • Howard Hanna Realty – Catawba Island Basket – Catherine Demith
  • “Welcome to our Home” Sunflower Door Hanging – Anne Marquis
  • Consulting by Sister Rita Wienken, OSF for Organic Vegetable Garden – Linda Bell
  • Columbus Crew vs CF Montreal Soccer Tickets and “Hard to Find” Jersey – Jacob Clolinger
  • Gift certificate for a FREE Toledo Symphony Livestream pass to any Masterworks or Pops Series Performance and $50 gift card to Ironwood Steakhouse – Catherine Demith
  • Hobo Lauren “Toffee” Wallet Purse and Pair of Willow Elizabeth 16 Earrings – Char Pope
  • Dinner at the Genevieve House for 6 Guests – Anne M DeVine
  • Ice Cream Lover’s Basket – Alice Smith
  • Bourbon Lover’s Crate – Dow Campbell
  • Pamper Yourself at Relax & Revive Salon and Spa – David Pool
  • Two Oil Changes and Two Hats and $20 Gift Card for Magic Tunnel Express Car Wash – Scott Swartz
  • Costway 800W Folding Treadmill Electric /Support Motorized Power Running Fitness Machine – Michelle Helkey
  • Fiesta Basket with $75 worth of Casa Express Gift Cards – Alice Smith
  • Golf Gift Certificates – Alice Smith
  • Weather Proof Outdoor Blanket & Backpack Made of Recycled Content – Melissa Strite
  • Gift Cards (Board B) – Anne Marquis
  • Tiffin Pedal Bike – Robin Gorrell
  • Wine Lover’s Basket – Judith Hofmann
  • Pamper Yourself Day at The House of Beauty on Washington LLC – Robin Gorrell
  • Case of Milano Dark Chocolate Cookies – Judith Hofmann
  • Houdini Basket of Liquor – Theresa Steinberger
  • “Harvest Blessings” Sign, Mini Scarecrows and Gift Cards – Catherine Demith

Corporate Sponsors 2021

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Corporate Sponsor

Silver Corporate Sponsor

Gold Corporate Sponsors

Bronze Corporate Sponsors

Patron Corporate Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

Cole Foundation

Karen S. Wikoff

Mark A. Levans

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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Seeds of Hope—News Article

Seeds of Hope Farm Market is back in business this year with the help of workers from Seneca County Opportunity Center.

Sister Shirley Shafranek of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, which operates the market, said the center received a grant from the Betty Jane Foundation this year to provide jobs for disabled people. The new employees are assisting with the market by picking vegetables and stocking the tables, and also cleaning, weeding, watering and doing other tasks.

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Sensory Garden Survey

Click HERE to take the Sensory Garden Survey

The new Sensory Garden at FELC is almost finished! Filled with beautiful live plants and other features, this unique, inviting space encourages visitors of all ages to explore the garden using every sense–touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, with colorful signs to educate and guide the way. Children will especially enjoy interacting with multiple fairy gardens and visiting with the rabbits, chickens, a duck and even a small fish pond. The area also includes a new picnic area complete with new plastic lumber picnic tables, benches and sun sails. The Sensory Garden is made possible through generous grant funding by the Meshech Frost Foundation and the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation.  All are welcome!

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