With spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver, the 15th Annual Mother Cabrini Shrine Gala took place at the Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver. The near sold out crowd, dressed in their finest summer fun attire enjoyed a wonderful evening that included a silent and live auction, raffle and dinner all in support of Mother Cabrini Shrine. Jeff Lewis, Shrine administrator, introduced the Missionary Sisters in attendance and showed the new M.S.C. video that was recently created to showcase the mission and work of the Missionary Sisters and their collaborators. Jeff also gave a short presentation of the Shrine’s mission statement and ministry and explained that the purpose of the gala was to further support these efforts.
The Company for Cabrini Award was given to Valente’s Deli owned by father and son, Larry & Dino Valente. The Valente Family has been so generous to the Shrine providing food and catering for special events as well as memorials in memory of their wife and mother, Elaine.
Two Spirit of Cabrini Awards were given this year; one to mark the years of service Kathy Stortroen has given to the Shrine and the second to honor the thirty years of service of Fr. John Lager, O.F.M., Cap. Both Kathy and Fr. John have given their time and talents to help spread the mission of Mother Cabrini and make the Shrine a better place.
The Shrine also revealed a new video that gives a glimpse of the ministry and mission of the Shrine before a successful paddle raiser for road repairs and other maintenance projects concluded the live auction. To view the new Shrine video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbdOWHmh5bQ
The money raised at the gala is used for the operations, maintenance and special projects of the Shrine and it helps us continue our ministry and the great legacy of St. Frances Cabrini. We are so grateful to everyone has supported this event over the years. Additional gala photos can be seen at: