By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013
Lonnie Iannazzo, owner of Vincent Anthony Jewelers, and Phil Doerpinghaus, co-chairman of the St. Bernard Dinner Extravaganza, are looking forward to the fundraiser that will benefit three local charities.
The Parish of St. Bernard of Clairvaux will sponsor the Dinner Extravaganza, a fundraising event benefitting three local charities: Knights of Columbus’s Ultrasound Project, ACTS Ministry, and Habitat for Humanity.
Dinner Extravaganza is scheduled to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel Tulsa on May 30, 2013 at 7 p.m. According to Phil Doerpinghaus, co-chairman of the event, “Only 1,000 tickets will be sold for drawings that will be conducted that evening. The first place drawing will be for a 2013 Lincoln MKZ automobile, and you pick the color if you are the lucky winner.” There will be 99 additional drawings for $100 in cash. Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased online at www.stbernardstulsa.org or at Vincent Anthony Jewelers, located at 101st and Sheridan in Tulsa. One hundred winners will be drawn from the 1,000 tickets to be sold. That’s one winner out of every ten tickets sold – not bad odds!
When you purchase a ticket, you also receive a free dinner to be served the evening of the event. Entertainment, to be announced, will also be provided at the Dinner Extravaganza. “This will be a great evening of excitement and entertainment as we conduct drawings for the 100 prizes and raise funds to benefit three great local charity organizations,” said Lonnie Iannazzo, member of St. Bernard and owner of Vincent Anthony Jewelers.
Part of the proceeds from the Dinner Extravaganza will benefit the Knights of Columbus®, a Catholic fraternal benefits organization founded in Connecticut. In the late-19th century, there was growing hostility toward Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions in factories that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a vital need, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a group of men at his parish in 1881 and proposed establishing a lay organization to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members. Catholic men were drawn to the Knights because of its emphasis on serving one’s church, community, and family with virtue. The order is still known as a force for public good. Part of the funds from the Dinner Extravaganza will be used to further promote and expand the Knights of Columbus’s Ultrasound Project. Seven Ultrasound machines have already been purchased and donated by the Knights of Columbus to clinics throughout Oklahoma.
ACTS (Adoration Community Theology Service) Ministry promotes unity in Christ through the Holy Spirit. The ACTS Ministry is independent, trans-denominational, and international. This parish function of St. Bernard promotes the gospel of Jesus Christ through local and national ACTS retreat programs. The work of the organization and its scheduled retreats are done by clergy and laity.
The third recipient of funds from the Dinner Extravaganza will be Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat builds for people in need regardless of race or religion. They welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are probably Habitat’s most famous supporters. St. Bernard will be starting their fourteenth house project in the Tulsa area this April in connection with Habitat for Humanity.
Mark your calendar for the St. Bernard Dinner Extravaganza, May 30 at Hard Rock Hotel Tulsa. Your participation and support for three very worthy organizations in the Tulsa area will be greatly appreciated.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.