Auxiliary Gala Raises $80,000 for Individuals with Disabilities

Colton, who lives at The Albero House for adults on St. Mary’s campus, was a special guest at the St. Mary’s Auxiliary Gala and Auction on April 1, 2017, at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center. The Gala raised $80,000 for St. Mary’s. With Colton are his mother, Roxane Ward, center, and Nancy Wilcox, immediate past president of St. Mary’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the 2017 Gala. (photo courtesy Carl Anderson of Hampton Roads Photography)

NORFOLK, Va. (June 6, 2017) — Individuals with disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home will benefit from more community outings and much-needed medical equipment because of the generosity of sponsors and donors who helped St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board Gala and Auction raise $80,000.

About 300 people attended the Auxiliary Board’s 12th annual Gala this spring at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront.

For the seventh year in a row, presenting sponsor Checkered Flag Auto Group donated a car for the Auxiliary to raffle off at the end of the event. The raffle raised $23,000, with the 2017 silver Toyota Corolla going to Cathy Engesser of Virginia Beach.

Cathy Engesser, center, of Virginia Beach won a raffle for a 2017 Toyota Corolla donated by Checkered Flag. With Engessser are, from left: Kristen Nelson, St. Mary’s annual giving manager; Mary Helen Hilton, St. Mary’s director of development; Ann Gimbert, president of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board; and Marie Siebeking, treasurer of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board. (photo courtesy St. Mary’s Home)

Additional Gala sponsors were PRA Group, Kerneos Inc., TowneBank, Kaufman & Canoles P.C., George and Linda Consolvo, PF&A Design, Mercer, Roof Engineering, TS&W, Teamsters Local 822 and Vandeventer Black.

The Norfolk Strolling Silver Strings provided musical entertainment for the evening.

The Auxiliary Board plans to hold its 13th Gala and Auction on April 14, 2018, at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysHome.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

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For Auxiliary President, “It’s All About the Children”

Adrian, left, and Sierra, right, with Auxiliary President Ann Gimbert.

Adrian, left, and Sierra, right, with Auxiliary President Ann Gimbert.

Ann Gimbert was controller for Roof Engineering when she had the opportunity to choose a charity for the company to support. She selected St. Mary’s Home, which she knew about from living in the area. “I was very impressed with all I heard about the Home,” she said.

That was about five years ago. Roof Engineering has continued to support the children and young adults and has been a sponsor of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s annual Gala and Auction.

Ann since has retired and, looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, she joined the Auxiliary Board about two years ago. In 2016, she was elected president.

“I believe very much in the Board’s commitment to St. Mary’s,” Ann said. “The Board’s mission is to support the children. It’s all about the children, and I don’t think you can have a better mission or a better goal than that.”

Ann worked in construction accounting for 40 years and served as president of the Tidewater chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Ann and her husband of six years, Cliff, now call Virginia Beach home. She has two sons and two granddaughters. Ann, who is of Italian descent, travels to Italy almost every year to visit a friend who lives in Rome.

Ann said she especially enjoys the camaraderie of the Auxiliary Board. As president, she’s looking to bring in some new members and to make the Board’s Gala even more successful.

Save the date: Please join us on April 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. for the Auxiliary Board’s Gala and Auction, at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. For more information about the Gala or about the Auxiliary Board, contact: Mary Helen Hilton, (757) 446-6793 or mhilton@smhdc.org.


Eds note: A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2016-2017 issue of our Journeys newsletter. You can read that issue and others on our website here

Auxiliary Gala Raises More Than $85,000 to Help Children and Young Adults

Nancy Wilcox, left, president of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Home and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, with Mollie Pavlik, president of the Auxiliary Board. Wilcox presented Pavlik with flowers and a painting created by Koko, who lives at St. Mary’s, to thank her for leading the event. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

Nancy Wilcox, left, president of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Home and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, with Mollie Pavlik, president of the Auxiliary Board. Wilcox presented Pavlik with flowers and a painting created by Koko, who lives at St. Mary’s, to thank her for leading the event. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

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NORFOLK, Va. (May 16, 2016) — Children and young adults with disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home will enjoy more field trips and benefit from much-needed medical equipment with the success of a gala that raised more than $85,000 for the nonprofit.

After 10 years of events in Virginia Beach, the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home held its 11th annual Gala and Auction on April 16 at a new location: The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. Special guests included Lynn, who lives at St. Mary’s Home, as well as several current and former St. Mary’s families.

“The Gala is a time to celebrate the residents of St. Mary’s Home and our Albero House for adults, as well as the wonderful environment that our community partners, sponsors, families, friends and staff help provide for them,” Auxiliary President Mollie Pavlik said.

WVEC-TV weather forecaster Craig Moeller served as master of ceremonies as nearly 300 people had the opportunity to bid during silent and live auctions on items including jewelry, sports memorabilia, artwork, a trip to New York City and a stay in a centuries-old home in Provence, France. A special live auction just to fund field trips for the children of and young adults of St. Mary’s raised $16,000 from generous bidders.

Guests enjoyed bidding on a variety of prizes during an exciting live auction that was a highlight of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s 11th annual Gala and Auction on April 16 at The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

Guests enjoyed bidding on a variety of prizes during an exciting live auction that was a highlight of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s 11th annual Gala and Auction on April 16 at The Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront. (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

For the sixth year in a row, the Gala’s Presenting Diamond Sponsor, Checkered Flag Auto Group, donated a car for the Auxiliary to raffle off at the end of the evening. The raffle raised about $20,000, with the 2016 silver Toyota Corolla going to Eugene Adams, 91, of Virginia Beach.

Additional Gala sponsors included:

  • Sapphire Sponsor — PRA Group
  • Emerald Sponsor — SAIC
  • Silent Auction Sponsors — Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Monarch Bank and Kerneos, Inc.
  • Reception Sponsor — PF&A Design
  • Friends of St. Mary’s — Hook Law Center, Mercer, Roof Engineering Corporation, TowneBank and Thompson, Siegel and Walmsley, LLC

The Norfolk Strolling Silver Strings provided musical entertainment for the evening. Volunteers from Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach handled registration, while members of the Key Club of Frank W. Cox High School volunteered as auction assistants.

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Members of Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, who handled registration at the Gala, and other guests had fun posing in front of a new backdrop with St. Mary’s new logo and tagline, “A good life.” (photo courtesy Hampton Roads Photography)

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. With the opening of The Albero House at St. Mary’s in 2013 to provide care for adults 22 and over, St. Mary’s Home has shortened its name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Click here to download news release.

 

91-Year-Old Wins Car in Raffle to Help Kids with Disabilities

SMH Car Raffle Winner

From left: Checkered Flag BMW General Manager Todd Collins, St. Mary’s CEO William C. Giermak, Auxiliary Board President Mollie Pavlik, lucky car winner Eugene Adams, St. Mary’s Director of Annual Giving Mary Helen Hilton and Auxiliary Board Treasurer Marie Siebeking.

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NORFOLK, Va. (May 2, 2016) — Eugene Adams, 91, pulled up to St. Mary’s Home in a 25-year-old Jeep. He drove away from the nonprofit in a brand new Toyota Corolla.

Checkered Flag Auto Group, which operates multiple dealerships in Virginia Beach, donated the silver car for the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home to raffle. Adams bought the winning ticket in the drawing, which raised about $20,000 to help 100 children and young adults with severe disabilities who live at St. Mary’s.

Auxiliary Board President Mollie Pavlik handed over the keys to Adams when his daughter brought him to St. Mary’s to sign paperwork to take ownership of the car. She told him she was very excited that he had won.

“YOU’RE excited?” Adams replied with a grin.

Todd Collins, general manager of Checkered Flag BMW, arranged the giveaway and was on hand to greet Adams and show him some of the car’s features. This was the sixth year in a row that Checkered Flag donated a car to the Auxiliary raffle. The winning ticket was pulled during the Auxiliary’s Gala and Auction on April 16 at the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center in Norfolk.

Adams said he bought his raffle tickets — 10 in all for a total of $200 — to help the children of St. Mary’s.

The Virginia Beach resident met his wife in 1946 when he was a Corsair pilot on the USS Midway aircraft carrier at Oceana Naval Air Station. They were married nearly 67 years when she passed away in 2014.

Adams, who turned 91 in March, said he’s “almost too old for a new car,” but that he definitely needed one. “Ninety-one is a heck of an age to win a new car,” he said. “But that is how the ball bounces.”

He said he’d never won anything before, except for a basket of groceries. The car, he said, was a much better prize.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. With the opening of The Albero House at St. Mary’s in 2013 to provide care for adults 22 and over, St. Mary’s Home has shortened its name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Click here to download release.

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 mhilton@smhdc.org. 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 sbarisic@smhdc.org or (757) 352-2700. 

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

                                                  
    CONTACT:  Sonja Barisic
                                                  office 757.352.2700
                                                   mobile 757.412.7071
                                                    email sbarisic@smhdc.org
  

 

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 klhibb@cox.net. Auction and raffle tickets also can be purchased online at www.saintmaryshome.org.

For more information about SMHDC, contact Sonja Barisic, marketing communications manager, at (757) 352-2700 or sbarisic@smhdc.org,or visit www.saintmaryshome.org.

Santa Would Love a Sweet Ride Like This

On Dasher, on Dancer … You could win this beautiful Beetle, parked in front of St. Mary’s Home for the holidays, and help children and young adults who have severe disabilities.  

Raffle tickets are still available for this beautiful Salsa Red VW Beetle, donated by Checkered Flag Volkswagen to benefit the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home. But don’t delay, because only 800 tickets will be sold, at $50 apiece.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s 6th Annual Gala & Auction presented by Checkered Flag Volkswagen on Feb.19 at The Westin-Town Center in Virginia Beach. You need not be present to win, but we’d love to see you there.

For raffle tickets or more information, call (757) 622-2208 ext. 381 or visit St. Mary’s website.

Here’s a video of the Beetle arriving at St. Mary’s Home earlier this year:

Win a Car and Help the Children of St. Mary’s Home

The Beetle pulls up to the entrance of St. Mary’s Home.

Checkered Flag Volkswagen in Virginia Beach has generously donated a new Salsa Red 2010 VW Beetle to St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, which will raffle off the car to benefit the children of St. Mary’s Home. The car arrived on Tuesday, Aug. 3, for display in St. Mary’s front lobby. Raffle tickets go on sale Sept. 1 for $50 apiece; only 800 tickets will be sold. Details coming soon on  St. Mary’s website. The winning ticket will be drawn during the Auxiliary’s auction on Feb. 19, 2011.

“I was really moved by the level of care that St. Mary’s gives to these children,” said Todd Collins, general manager of Checkered Flag Volkswagen. “What they do here is unbelievable. The level of care is something like I’ve never seen before.”

Gathered around the car on display in St. Mary’s lobby are, from left, Kamaia, Amonte, Director of Development Martha Stewart, Auxiliary Board President Karen Hibbard, Jahmari and CEO William C. Giermak, all of St. Mary’s Home, and Todd Collins, general manager of Checkered Flag’s Hyundai/Volkswagen division, and Christine Knowles, eMarketing diretor of Checkered Flag Motor Car Corp., Inc. Seated behind the desk is receptionist Delores Curry.

For more photos of the Beetle’s arrival, be sure to check out St. Mary’s Facebook page.

Here’s a video of the Beetle’s arrival:

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.

Flowers, Dancing and a King and Queen for the Day

 
2010 Prom King and Queen: Greg and Amanda    

Some, like Victoria, had attended before and couldn’t wait to go again. Others, like Colton, got to participate for the first time in a tradition of American youth — prom.

“We never thought we’d see him in a tuxedo,” said Colton’s mother, Roxane Ward, who got a little teary-eyed watching her son and 20 other formally attired young adults at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children dancing in the Atrium on Sunday.   

Cool Colton waits to make his entrance. 

Students from Norfolk Academy turned the Atrium into a disco for the afternoon, using decorations from their own recent prom. They also served as dates for the young adults from the Home.

“We have so much fun at our prom, we thought they should have that fun, too,” said Carter McCabe, co-president of Norfolk Academy’s St. Mary’s Club.

Devonta gets ready for the prom, with a little encouragement from Wayne Smith, a certified nursing assistant.

This was St. Mary’s fifth annual prom, an event organized by the recreational therapy services department. Special thanks go to St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board for paying for tuxedo rentals, the DJ and flowers.

 Victoria has attended all five proms at St. Mary’s Home.  

Congratulations to Greg and Amanda, who were voted Prom King and Queen.

Look for a story about St. Mary’s prom on WTKR NewsChannel 3 tonight.