A “sweet” decade of dedication

Franciscan Northside Ministries hosts tenth annual fundraiser with hopes to raise $50,000

It will be hope, not just cookies, cheese and chocolate, that will fuel the fun at the tenth annual Franciscan Northside Ministries’ “Sweet Sensations” fundraiser on Sat., Nov. 15 at St. Daniel School auditorium, 3004 Court St., in Syracuse. The yearly event, which is the major fundraiser for the organization, will feature an evening of cabaret-style entertainment, delicious desserts, raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds will be used to help those in need in and around the North side of Syracuse. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m.

   “Our goal this year is to raise $50,000,” stated Sister Delores (Dolly) Bush, OSF, director of the ministries and one of the original forces behind the annual event. “The money raised will help provide services not currently supported by grants.”

   Franciscan Northside Ministries offers help to those in need within the community in a variety of ways, including providing a free legal assistance clinic and hosting “Faith in Action” community programs including pancake breakfasts, holiday celebrations, prayer services, and coffee and donuts for the homeless. Franciscan Northside Ministries also provides free medical services for the uninsured through the Poverello Health Center, which offers treatment for hypertension, diabetes, asthma and blood pressure, medication assistance, chiropractic and podiatry treatment and pre-employment physicals.

 “The pre-employment physicals are really important,” stated Sister JP Ridgeo, OSF, the health administrator for the clinic. “Our clients need the physicals in order to get a job. If they don’t have a physical, they can’t work and if they can’t work they can’t support themselves or their families.” The clinic also offers patient education, counseling and support.

   This year’s 10th anniversary event will be hosted by Brad Ozinsky and will highlight entertainers and musical selections from the past nine years, including the talents of Moe Harrington & Friends, who has performed yearly for the event; Randy Andre; Elizabeth Fern; Dana Sovocool; Tamaralee Shutt; Geno Parlatto; Frank Fiumano; Dave Frateschi and Bob Papaleoni.

   “The music is really going to be awesome,” stated Sister Dolly. “It’s a celebration and a culmination of the past 10 years all in one night. It’s like the best of the best of the best!”

   A highlight of the event for attendees is tasting the many sweet and savory treats donated by local vendors including NunBetter Chocolates provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities; baked goods from Lyncourt Bakery and Nino’s Italian Bakery; grapes from Cimino Produce; and cheese and pepperoni provided by Deli-Boy and Thanos. Coffee and tea will be provided free of charge and wine will be available for purchase.

   A wide variety of raffle baskets and silent auction gifts donated by individuals and local businesses will be on display for attendees to bid on. “We have some incredible donations including a SONY 40-inch TV, a Christmas tree package and even a chance at having Sister JP and I cook a dinner for eight people,” laughed Sister Dolly. “People always have a good time at this event and while they’re having fun they are also helping benefit those we serve.”

   Tickets for the Sweet Sensations fundraiser are $25 and can be purchased by calling (315) 423-9961. Tickets will also be availabe at the door the evening of the event. Free parking is available.

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