The idea for the Annual Benefit Dinner was originally conceived over 40 years ago as the answer to rising operational costs and a lack of funding to cover them. The Mother Superior sat down with devoted friend and benefactor Joe Antonelli, a sheaf of unpaid bills scattered across her desk, and asked for help. The Home was struggling, and she knew they needed to get creative to cover costs. After their meeting, Joe went for lunch at La Petite France, where he spoke about the troubles the Home was facing with Chef Paul Elbing, owner of La Petite and a longtime benefactor of the Little Sisters. It was during that conversation when an idea bloomed--Chef Paul would host a fundraising dinner at the restaurant, enticing attendees with the promise of delicious food and a chance to make a difference for Virginia’s elderly. In a wonderful example of Divine Providence, that dinner raised the exact amount Mother had needed for the unpaid bills. After the resounding success of that first year, the dinner became an annual event, bringing in greater and greater funds each year as it grew. When Chef Paul retired and closed La Petite France, and with a bigger crowd attending each year, the event was moved to the ballroom at the Commonwealth Club, where it remains to this day.
February 13, 2020
Auction items: Check back closer to the event for a current list of auction items!
2020 Event Chairs:
Lisa and Chris Brennan
Beth and Michael Siewers
**Amount paid above $80 per person is tax deductible.
Example: If you pay $500 for two tickets at the Benefactor level, the amount of your total contribution that is tax deductible would be $340.
2 x $250 (Benefactor level) = $500 and 2 x $80 = $160 (non-deductible amount)
Therefore, $500 (total contribution) - $160 (non-deductible amount) = $340 (amount of contribution that is tax deductible)
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For more information, please contact Corinne Waldrop at firstname.lastname@example.org