Over 300 people attended the first-ever Join the Journey Fundraising Luncheon at The Olmsted in Louisville, Ky., yesterday, October 30. Proceeds from the luncheon support SCN ministries across the Congregation. “We are overwhelmed with the response,” says Patsy O’Toole, Director of Congregational Advancement. “During this one-hour event, attendees learned about the wide array of SCN ministries and were invited to participate in a vital way. We are so grateful for their generosity and support.”

Many people helped to make this luncheon possible including a dedicated planning committee, business sponsors, table leaders and those who performed or presented that day. The Prezettes, the award winning choir from Presentation Academy sang a number of selections, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer attended and commended the SCNs, Jean West, a highly respected journalist welcomed the group. Speakers included Susan Gatz, SCN President; David Karem, the head of the Waterfront Development Corporation, former lawmaker and member of the Development Advisory Committee at Nazareth and Felix Garza, an SCN Associate, community leader and President of the National Farmworker Ministry.

We are so grateful to each person who shared their story with those present.  David’s remarks were especially touching as he spoke about his mother and her legacy.  David’s mother was just four years old when her father died, leaving David’s grandmother a widow with several children to raise alone.  David’s mother attended Presentation and Spalding University and developed lifelong friendships with the Sisters.  After raising her own family, David’s mother went on to earn her law degree and became a highly respected female attorney at a time when there were few women practicing law.  She was the first female attorney from Kentucky to argue before the Supreme Court. All were truly moved by David’s reflection.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event such a success!