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Nourishing the Soul Benefit
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit is well known for fighting hunger, but the monks also maintain a beautiful center memorializing the Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey adjoining it where they nourish the spirit. Ten years ago the late Anthony and Catherine Lutfy began staging a wine splashed dinner event to support the center. This year it attracted 430 to The MET hotel in Troy where 12 wine vendors presented great pours during the cocktail hour and the seated dinner. Carey Cornacchini and Laurie Maass chaired the 10th annual benefit. They coordinated a silent auction that raised $23,000, two 52-card raffles that raised $10,500 and they got Fox-2’s Charlie Langton to be the auctioneer for the live bidding ($40,000) that followed dinner and a video presentation of the center’s gardens and sculptures. Guests gave resounding applause to the generous bidders who bought the Chef’s dinner for eight at Oakland Hills Country Club because it sold three times for $5,000 each. When the evening concluded, it had raised $120,000 for the center. Visit it at http://www.solanuscenter.org.
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