St. Louis Center held back-to-back events to benefit the residents of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI on June 25-26, 2012. These events have become community treasures, as they involve both food and sports; and most people love both.
Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC., former Administrator of St. Louis Center, was honored at a special dinner on Monday June 25, 2012 attended by fifty people at Paesano’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. This was the second year for this fundraising dinner, offered to support the operations of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI.
This year’s dinner featured the foods of Sicily, Fr. Joseph’s home area, and included a five course meal with Spada Putanesca and seared duck breast as the main attractions. Each item was then paired with a special selection of white or red wine. During the meal, Fr. Joseph was honored by his friends from the local community, who stood-up to praise his life’s devotion to persons with developmental disabilities, and in the end, he received several special gifts.
The dinner was tastefully catered by Moveable Feast caterers, and a live auction and awards ceremony followed dinner. Following a welcoming address from Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha, St. Louis Centers’ friends and staff honored John Beilein with the John Panelli Celebrity Award to recognize him for his work. Beilein is the head men’s basketball coach of the University of Michigan, and has chosen St. Louis Center to be his favorite charity as long as he remains coach of the Michigan basketball program. Co-chair Norm Neuman was also honored with the Bill Wagner Pioneer Award for his many years of hard work.
St. Louis Center is a residential care center for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities located five miles west of Chelsea on Old US-12, and run by the Servants of Charity Congregation. For more information, please visit the website at www.stlouiscenter.org, or call 734-475-8430.