Save the Date: Auxiliary Gala & Car Drawing April 16

Auxiliary Board - Sip of JoeJohn and other kids in Classroom 10 were joined recently by some special guests. Members of our Auxiliary Board were meeting at St. Mary’s when they stopped by the student-run Sip o’ Joe Cafe for a coffee break.

The Auxiliary is busy planning its 11th annual gala and auction, to be held April 16 at a new venue: The Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Items up for auction will include jewelry, sports memorabilia and a trip to France. The event will culminate with a drawing for a 2016 classic silver Toyota Corolla donated by our friends at Checkered Flag.

For information about the gala or to buy your raffle tickets for the car, contact Mary Helen Hilton, (757) 446-6793 or Or buy your raffle tickets online here.

This article is from the winter 2015-2016 issue of our newsletter, Journeys. Read the entire issue online here. To request a print copy of the newsletter, contact Sonja Barisic, APR, director of marketing communications, at or (757) 352-2700. 

Auction and Raffle to Benefit Children of St. Mary’s Home

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WHAT  :  The Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children will hold its 7th Annual Gala and Auction, presented by Checkered Flag Volkswagen. Event includes a three-course dinner, live music by The Josh Walker Trio and silent and live auctions, including the opportunity to help the residents of St. Mary’s go on more field trips into the community. The festivities also will feature a raffle for the all-new 2012 VW Beetle, courtesy of Checkered Flag.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, preview/silent auction at 6 p.m.,dinner at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Westin Hotel–Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

WHO: WVEC-TV personality Craig Moeller will serve as emcee for the evening.

COST: Auction: $100 per person, or $950 per private table for 10; raffle: $50 per ticket.

WHY : Proceeds will benefit the children and young adults who live at St. Mary’s Home.

CONTACT: For more information about the auction, contact Auxiliary President Karen Hibbard at (757) 352-2705 or Auction and raffle tickets also can be purchased online at

For more information about SMHDC, contact Sonja Barisic, marketing communications manager, at (757) 352-2700 or,or visit

Craig Moeller of WVEC-TV Visits St. Mary’s Home

Local TV personality Craig Moeller greets 6-year-old Madison in one of St. Mary’s classrooms.
Craig Moeller, meteorologist with WVEC-TV in Norfolk, visited St. Mary’s Home today and met with children and staff. St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board President Karen Hibbard led Moeller on a tour of the 88,000-square-foot Home, including classrooms and therapy facilities. 
Moeller is going to be the emcee for the Auxiliary Board’s sixth annual gala and auction fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at The Westin-Town Center in Virginia Beach. This year’s festivities will feature a raffle for a 2010 salsa red VW Beetle courtesy of Checkered Flag Volkswagen.
For raffle tickets or more information about the auction, including sponsorship opportunities and how to donate auction items, call (757) 622-2208 ext. 381.

Checkered Flag Holding Facebook Fan Drive to Benefit St. Mary’s Home

Checkered Flag is a great supporter of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.The last two years, the general manager of Checkered Flag Volkswagen in Virginia Beach has turned the dealership’s annual “Buy a Car from a Rock Start” sales event into a benefit for the children of the Home.

Now, Checkered Flag is pushing the pedal to the metal with an incredibly generous offer — and a challenge.

If 500 new people “like” Checkered Flag Auto Group‘s Facebook fan page in the month of July, Checkered Flag Volkswagen will donate a brand new 2010 VW Beetle to the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home. The new Beetle will be raffled off during the Auxiliary’s 6th Annual Gala and Auction in February, with all proceeds going to the Home.

Read more about the challenge — and about a Checkered Flag employee’s recent visit to the Home — here. Please recommend Checkered Flag Auto Group to all your Facebook friends, and spread the word to to help reach the goal. While you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to click the “like” button St. Mary’s page as well.

Supporter Spotlight: Bob Guess, Boat Builder


Bob Guess has been fascinated by the craft of boat-building since he was a child playing among the cedar shavings in his grandfather’s shop. Among the many unique items you can bid on during an auction this Saturday to benefit the children of St. Mary’s Home will be two ships’ models and two children’s play boats built and donated by Guess. Click here for more information about the auction.

Check out this short video to learn more about Guess’s interesting hobby and why he supports St. Mary’s Home:

Go, Kishaun, Go

Kishaun really loves to move.

Once seated on an adaptive tricyle, 10-year-old Kishuan zooms up and down the corridors of St. Mary’s Home so quickly that his therapists sometimes have trouble keeping up with him. 

Like most of the children who live at the Home, Kishaun uses a wheelchair. He also can walk, with assistance, for short distances. Pedaling on the tricycle helps him walk by warming up his legs and strengthening his muscles — all while he’s having a blast.

“Kishaun just wants his independence,” said physical therapist assistant Lynn Regna. “The trike is a way for him to just go.”

Kishaun is one of about 15 children at St. Mary’s who now regularly ride a tricycle as part of their physical therapy. The seats and handlebars are easy to configure to give each child a comfortable ride. While the child grips the bars and pedals, a therapist uses controls on the back to steer.

Through the generosity of supporters, the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home was able to donate funds for the Home to buy two of these tricycles.

The Auxiliary’s 5th Annual Gala and Auction to raise money for the children of St. Mary’s Home will take place Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at The Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach. To reserve tickets, donate, volunteer or request sponsorship information, contact Karen Hibbard at (757) 622-2208 ext. 331 or send her an email

Have Fun for a Good Cause

Scenes from the 2009 auction: At left, Trustee Kim Thumel (center) with Doug Henkel and his wife, Toni Henkel, who created purses for bid at the auction. At right, Auxiliary President Karen Hibbard holds a painting up for bid.
Karen Hibbard, president of St.  Mary’s Auxiliary Board, and Mary Helen Hilton, St. Mary’s director of annual giving, recently taped a great interview for “Norfolk Perspectives,” the city of Norfolk’s community affairs program. They discussed the Auxiliary’s auction and gal coming up on Feb. 20 at The Westin-Town Center to benefit the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home. The episode will run at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily on Norfolk cable channel 48 from Jan. 31-Feb. 6. But you can watch it online now here

For more information about the auction, see our website or call 757.622.2208 ext. 381. 

In the Media: Tidewater Women Features St. Mary’s Home, Auxiliary


The January issue of Tidewater Women includes a feature about St. Mary’s Home, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary, and St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, which will hold a fundraiser auction next month. You can read the article online by going to the magazine’s website and clicking on the photo of the cover to open a PDF of the issue. The article about St. Mary’s is on page 15.

St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board’s 5th Annual Gala and Auction will take place Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at The Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach. To reserve tickets, donate, volunteer or request sponsorship information, contact Karen Hibbard at (757) 622-2208 ext. 331 or send her an email

In this photo taken for the magazine, Sister Mary June Morin of St. Mary’s Home (right) listens as Nancy Wilcox of St. Mary’s Auxiliary  reads to Ashley in St. Mary’s library.