Whenever a thirty year milestone occurs, something special is done to celebrate, and this year, bd’s Mongolian Grill of Ann Arbor stepped up to donate a special dinner for 275 people at St. Louis Center’s 30th Annual Recognition Dinner. Led by Marketing Director Daniele Hughes, a former Chelsea H.S. graduate, Hughes and her staff worked with the St. Louis Center Parents Association to provide a wonderful selection of dishes to please the large crowd.
Before the dinner, a special Mass was concelebrated by Good Shepherd Award winner Fr. William Wegher of St. Mary, Pinckney and the priests of the Servants of Charity that was followed by the dedication of a Special Needs Playground built for the residents during the summer of 2012.
After dinner, the following awards were given out by Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., Administrator of St. Louis Center:
Volunteers of the Year – William & Doris Burkel, Chelsea, MI
Citizenship Award – Frank & Evelyn Stukenborg, Milan, MI
Citizenship Award – Beach Middle School Leadership Program, Chelsea, MI
Friendship Award – Mario Stante, Wixom, MI
Good Shepherd Award – Fr. William Wegher, St. Mary, Pinckney, MI
Resident of the Year – Stephon G.
Employee of the Year – Elizabeth Hinderer
Employee Longevity Awards –
5 Years: Teri Allen, Janet Best, Linda Callendar, Mary Danko, Rita Majchrowski, Rena McLynn, Debra Pollard & Emily Whitaker
10 Years: Ryan Guenther
25 Years: Cindy Lesser
Following the awards ceremonies, the Italian American Club of Livonia presented Fr. Addari with a check for $32,000 from the Culinary Extravaganza held in January 2013. The event was held at the Center on Sunday April 28, 2013.
St. Louis Center was established in 1960, and has been serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 53 years. For more information about St. Louis Center, please visit http://www.stlouiscenter.org.
To see more photos visit the 2013 Recognition Dinner album.