Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2005
By Connie Cissell/ SUN editor
Guardian Angel Society of Cathedral School Hosts Sweet Cabaret
Some events actually accentuate the “fun” in fundraiser. The Guardian Angel Society of Cathedral School hosts its Annual Sweet Cabaret from 8 p.m. to midnight at the OnCenter on Friday, Feb. 11 — just in time for Valentine’s Day. The cabaret features incredible desserts from decadent chocolate to simple bar cookies and is an opportunity for friends and loved ones to have a night out on the town while helping a worthy cause.
“It’s really Father’s [Champlin] vision,” said Joan Dadey, who co-chairs this year’s event with her husband, Tom. “He wanted an event that is a little different, more elegant.” Father Joseph Champlin, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, looks forward to this fundraiser, now in its fourth year. “This is a splendid evening of elegant desserts, three hours of dancing to fine music,” Father Champlin said. “It’s been a very classy and joyous occasion for those who attend and it is also a fundraiser for the Guardian Angel Society and Cathedral School.” This year Father Champlin said there will special prices for engaged couples and for couples married less than a year. The first three fundraisers have produced $80,000 for the Guardian Angel Society.
Kathy Fedrizzi is the director of the Guardian Angel Society and she feels this particular event is special in that couples can go alone or they can use the occasion to meet with other couples they don’t get to socialize with on a regular basis. “It isn’t a typical fundraiser,” Fedrizzi said. “Once you get there the night is yours. There aren’t any raffles or anything like that. It’s almost as fun as a wedding reception. It’s a really good opportunity to go out and get friends together as a group.”
Music for the evening will be provided by the Mario DeSantis Orchestra with special guests Maria DeSantis, Joe Whiting, Isreal Hagan and Keith Condon. Specialty coffees, a wine bar and a cash bar will also be featured along with the desserts. Joan Dadey, who is due to deliver her second baby just days after the event, said she looks forward to the Sweet Cabaret even though the planning is a challenge. “We start planning for the next year from the time the last event wraps up,” Dadey laughed. “There are so many charities out there, but the Guardian Angel Society is so tangible and local. With other charities you may not get to see the impact like you do at Cathedral School.” Dadey said the funds help with the day-to-day activities at Cathedral School like the computer upgrades made possible by Guardian Angel Society funds. She credits Father Champlin as the force behind the success of the Society and asks those who are considering attending the Sweet Cabaret to remember a time in their lives when someone made a difference for them, when someone might have helped alter the course of their lives. There are 24 young graduates from Cathedral School on scholarship at Bishop Ludden, Bishop Grimes and Christian Brothers Academy, Dadey said.
“This is the vision of one man, Father Champlin,” Dadey said. “He got a small, thoughtful group of people together, but he deserves all the credit. We’re just the soldiers working for him.” Tickets for the Sweet Cabaret, $75 per person or $100 per couple, are on sale at the Cathedral and the Cathedral Gift Shop. Call (315) 422-7218 for more information.