March 1, 2010 Vol. 24, No. 1 [p. 2]

Mardi Gras Drawdown
February 5, 2010

The hors d'oeuvre table runneth over

Karen and Margie

Our Third Annual Mardi Gras Drawdown was a great success. We approached the event with concern because of the severe economic downturn that has gripped the nation. But we were encouraged and are so grateful to all of our friends who took a chance on the $2,000 grand prize--and in doing so, supported our ministry.

The Lee Home was decorated tastefully in Mardi Gras style by Anna House and Jean Wrather. However, Jean's treasure chest is almost lost in all the good food on the hors d'oeuvre table (see photo). It seemed never to empty; there was always more. Thanks to the generosity of so many women who responded to Karen Henry's request for food, this food was second to none.

Behind the scenes was where the action happened. We caught a picture of Karen Henry and Sr. Margie Feldner during a lull. Carol Jones, also one of the hostesses, was probably checking out the table for its needs!

Band members Larry Priest and Ed Swan

Who is this masked man with Mary Horrell?? If you guessed a counselor from Columbus, you may be right!

The band, led by Tom Hannigan, provided the music--some oldies, but all 'goodies'. We managed a snapshot of Larry Priest and Ed Swan; Tom was taking a break when the picture was taken. They encouraged song as well as dance. We celebrated having our own special ensemble for this unique gathering. Thanks, Tom and fellow music makers.

The winner of the $2,000 grand prize was Al Puckett from Columbus. For those present, prizes were given out to the lucky participants throughout the evening. But The Dwelling Place was the real winner. Tentatively, the total raised was over $12,000. This will go toward the completion of Assisi Center, our administration building.

"Thank you"

to all who celebrated Mardi Gras with us.

See you next year!

Take a Vacation with God

Do you feel a nudge that can't be defined or ignored? Or do you feel the need for time and space to sort something through?

The Spirit has a way of not letting us alone when God wants to gift us or desires to help us resolve an issue in our lives. Treat yourself to an overnight, a weekend, or longer to let God in. It can be a life-changing experience.

Call anytime and arrange a mini-vacation with God.

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