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Lourdes gala raises $257,000 for scholarships

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Guests who attended Lourdes University's 14th annual Luminations went home with smiles on their faces and songs in their hearts after the night of performing arts and camaraderie April 26 in the Franciscan Center on campus.

Honorary chairmen John Bates and his wife, Sarah, joined university President David Livingston and his wife, Joan, in welcoming the more than 500 guests.

The evening started with a dinner of hors d'oeuvres by Lourdes' Chris Loe and the sounds of the Maxx Band as guests perused the silent auction. Joan Bayer won the bid for a Mercedes convertible summer lease donated by Paul Devers.

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The popular "Dinner with the President" package prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Livingston, assisted by Bob and Mary Arquette, was purchased by Kaiko and John Zureich.

Emcee Chrys Peterson, Lourdes alumna and former WTOL-TV, Channel 11 anchor, introduced performances by the Toledo Ballet, Toledo Opera, Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet, and actor Timothy Shew, who performed a medley of Broadway show tunes. Mr. Shew, whose mother Susie Shew lives in Toledo, also performed Bring Him Home from Les Miz in memory of his friend, Jim Findlay, who was paid special tribute as a long time Lourdes supporter.

Lourdes student Callie Bunch gave a heartfelt thanks for the community's generous support. Her proud parents, Mike and Molly McCartney, and grandmother, Mary Pat Anderson, were in the audience to cheer her on. A scholarship auction followed raising $145,000.

After desserts and dancing, guests departed with complimentary cinnamon breads to enjoy the next morning — a small token of appreciation.

Seen were Susan Allan Block, Tom Geiger, Jr., and wife Paulette, Mike and Carol Anderson, Brian and Faye Darah, Mary Ann LaValley, Ann Galloway, Bill and Laura Rudolph, George Baibak, Milo and Chrissie Danzeisen, Lance and Wanda Tyo, and John and Ann Meier.

The event netted $257,000 for student scholarships. Since its inception in 2001, Luminations has raised $2.5 million for student scholarships.

Top sponsors were Heidtman Steel, Inc., Steel Dynamics, and Sylvania Franciscan Health.

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