Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of our 5th Franciscan Night Fundraiser on May 7th. We are pleased to share that we raised $180,000 to benefit Assisi House and the eldercare of our sisters!

The Sisters of St. Francis held their 5th annual Franciscan Night with a Kentucky Derby theme this year.  Sister Deborah Krist, director of mission advancement, had the idea to have a live horse present at the event and asked Sister Angela Sutera to help by making a rose blanket to display on the horse.  The blanket, which measured 9 ft. by 2 ft., was covered in 400 roses, each of which Sister Angela had painstakingly glued to the three-layer blanket that had been cut to shape and hand sewn together. It took Sister Angela approximately 14 hours to complete the blanket, which was trimmed with greenery and tassels to finish the look.  The horse, Zakopanee (Zak), owned by Sisters of St. Francis Foundation Board member Denis O’Flynn O’Brien and Patricia Sertich, was onsite and available for photo opportunities from 5:30 to 7 P.M. Zak was a good sport and looked beautiful covered with Sister Angela’s blanket.

As for Franciscan Night, it was a fabulously fun event and a success for the foundation. The event raised nearly $180,000 to help support the elder care for the Sisters of St. Francis. During the event, the Kentucky Derby was shown on the big screen for attendees, and the excitement was palpable in the room when long shot Rich Strike came from behind to win it all. Prizes were given for best Derby, attire and the casino games gave participants raffle tickets to put towards great prizes. In addition, there were Derby wagers, a “Gallery of Baskets” raffle, and a Payday Relay 50/50 raffle. Music was provided by Bob Grove, Demetria Bailey & the Fellows, and Neumann University cantor Evelyn Doran. The sisters of St. Francis in attendance and our guests had a marvelous time and we look forward to the next event—our annual Golf Tournament coming September 19, 2022.

See photos from Franciscan Night here:

Best Derby Attire 
Lady – Beth Homa
Gentleman – Al Zone










Event Sponsor

Mother Mary Francis Bachmann, OSF Circle
John S. McManus, Inc.
John & Jean Brennan
The McManus Family Charitables

St. John Neumann, CSsR Circle
Drexel Neumann Academy
William Fegley
Glenmede Trust Company, N.A.
Krist Family Foundation
Lor-Mar Mechanical Services
Neumann University
Penn State Health

Franciscan Friends Circle
Charles Schwab
WM Henderson Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling Inc
Vista Fuels, LLC

Retired Sisters Circle
Bryn Mawr Trust
Anne M. Congdon
Mr. David Hammers
Smith Insurance Associates
St. James the Baptist Roman
Catholic Church

San Damiano Circle
Kevin M. Lyons Funeral Service
Neumann University
Philip and Eileen Leach
Shreiner Tree Care
St. John Neumann Church
St. Paul’s Catholic Church
The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Vanguard – Mark Fegley

Tau Circle
Bayada Home Health Care
Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Gibbs
K.M. Fitzgerald
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
YogaSix Main Line

In Kind Donation
The Standard Group


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Our Lady of Angels Convent