In 1994 as St. Louis Center was struggling to find new sources of funding to keep their programs alive, several members of the community came together to fulfill the dream of creating a high-end golf outing that would become a popular event on a yearly basis. Today, that dream continues, as the Golf & Glory Outing reached its 20th anniversary on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, MI.
Additionally, a special dinner was created on the night before the outing four years ago to honor a priest from the Servants of Charity. This year, Michael and Bridget Roddy, owners of Paesano’s Italian Restaurant in Ann Arbor, selected Fr. David Stawasz, SdC., for this honor held on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Fr. Dave cares for the residents of St. Louis Center as both a priest and a registered nurse on a daily basis. While the thought of a Polish Dinner in an Italian Restaurant sounded farfetched at first; the great chefs at Paesano’s were able to pull it off. The dinner, attended by 50 people, included a traditional cucumber salad, pierogi, and chicken paprikash topped off with blueberry mazurka. Most importantly, Fr. David was acknowledged for his fine work with the developmentally disabled during the course of his career.
The next day, Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., marveled at what a “blessing” it was for St. Louis Center to have so many friends. Golfers and celebrities filled the University of Michigan golf course with 144 players. During the award presentations, George Blaha, the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons Basketball Team was honored with the “John Panelli Celebrity Award,” while Bill Broucek of Chelsea, the local founder of Ann Arbor State Bank, was honored with the “Bill Wagner Business Award.” The program concluded with Fr. Enzo Addari pulling the winning ticket for the Alaskan Cruise Raffle; won by Ralph Martin of Ann Arbor. And while over 1100 raffle tickets were sold this year, the ultimate winners were the residents of St. Louis Center, as the proceeds from this outing go toward supporting persons with developmental disabilities and their daily needs. For more information about St. Louis Center please visit the website at www.stlouiscenter.org.