ST. JOHN’S VILLA ...where growth has no boundaries The Villa Pulse A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS St. John’s Villa 2012 Auction/Dinner Event January 2012 March 24, 2012 Volume 18, Issue 2 St. John’s Villa would like to invite greatly enjoys this relationship, and is our friends and supporters, but also to you to “A Night At The Oscars”. God grateful to the parish for allowing us to provide assistance to the people served has truly worked miracles for our again use this wonderful space! at the Villa. A fee of $50 per ticket en- family at St. John’s throughout the titles the guest/s to the dinner and sub- years and this year’s event is yet an- Committee members will be working at mission of bids on items. Please write other one of those miracles. The collecting items for the event. All items or call for tickets. Reservations are re- funds we raise through our events al- are acceptable. IF YOU HAVE ANY quired. You won’t want to miss out on low us to continue the much needed ITEM/S THAT NEED TO BE PICKED the fun! Call Susan Williamson or Kim programming we provide. Our future UP, DON’T HESITATE TO CALL US. Bell at 330.627.9789 for further infor- looks much brighter thanks to the car- WE ARE WILLING TO PICK UP mation. ing gifts of friends, family, board ANY ITEMS WITHIN A 75-MILE members, and several foundations. RADIUS OF ST. JOHN’S. If you visit St. John’s today, you will Since so many of the Villa’s friends live witness first-hand the many lives you, at a distance and would still like to par- St. John’s Villa our friends, have touched; including ticipate, so this year we will once again Auction Drawing the Growing Tree Daycare, the Adult be selling tickets for a special drawing 3 Chances to WIN Day Service, the Villa Restaurant, and to be held the night of the auction. The (1 ticket $25 - 5/$100) the Vocational Areas, for the 171 drawing will provide three (3) prizes individuals served. one (1) of each at $500, $250, and $100, ________Tickets. respectively to be awarded to the win- This year’s event will be Co-Chaired ners. Complete the form available on by Jon Capri and Susan Williamson. this page. If you choose to purchase Amount Enclosed $___________. more than one ticket, and the committee Name_____________________________ St. John’s continually provides quality hopes you will, St. John’s Villa staff service to all the people served here at will fill it out for you. (Tickets will also Address____________________________ the Villa and their families. The com- be available the night of the auction for mittee recognizes the wonderful work purchase. Winners need not be pre- City_____________________ State_____ done with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. sent for the event.) At the same time, the committee rec- Zip_____________ ognizes the need for continual updat- At this auction, businesses, companies, ing and replacement of needed fur- supporters, and/or family members can Telephone: ____________________ nishings and equipment. The funds place advertisements. Pages will be 8 ½ generated at all fund-raising events X 5 ½ inches. ($25 for a 1/8 page ad, Tickets will be filled out by Villa staff. are to improve the quality of life for $50 for a 1/4 page ad, and $75 for a 1/2 If you have questions or concerns please all the people at St. John’s. page ad) Please call Susan Williamson call Susan Williamson or Kim Bell or Kim Bell to secure a space and ar- at 330-627-9789. Rev. Ronald Klingler of St. John the range your advertisement. The three prizes will be Baptist Parish and his parishioners in one of each at Canton have been extremely gracious This Oscar-themed event will be held $500, $250, and $100. over all these years to host this event March 24, 2012. Doors open at 5:30 at their parish center! The Villa p.m. It is intended not only to entertain greatly President’s Perspective This past Christmas, I hope you un- nity, and others who give abun- wrapped many gifts, but more impor- dantly to make life good for the tantly, I hope you unwrapped the best gift individuals we serve. Participating of all, a gift from God, Jesus Christ. As in fund raising events through at- we journey through this New Year, His tendance, donations and other sup- gift will provide the companionship we port has contributed much, and this need to forge ahead, and the dependence continues to be a source of revenue we rely upon to continue to build a foun- as well as creating a lifetime of dation of love, hope and service and sup- friendships to support our mission port to others. and to serve individuals well. For the new year, I hope your days are St. John’s Villa next big fundrais- filled with good health, peace, love and ing event is the Annual Auction/ abundant blessings. We ask also for your Dinner. This event will be held on prayers as they support and encourage us March 24, 2012 at St. John’s here at St. John’s Villa in so many ways, School Auditorium at 717 just as Jesus encourages you. Our ex- McKinley Street NW in Canton, changes of prayers remind us that Jesus Ohio. We are planning for an eve- Christ is our inexhaustible resource from ning of fun, fellowship and excite- which we draw our strength, our energy ment with a “A Night At The Os- and our guidance every day of our lives. cars” theme. Please look for de- tails in this issue of The Villa We have experienced the love of Christ in Pulse. We hope to see you there! what is done here, and we have seen His blessings bestowed upon individuals in Blessings, many ways. We are reminded of His presence when we see the love and caring Ric Richard A. Brown, M.P.A. attitudes of families/friends, employees, President/CEO of St. John’s Villa volunteers, board members, the commu- St. John’s Villa One Starry Night Employee of the Month St. John’s Villa announces On December 9, 2011 the Growing Employee of the Month—Bert Tree preschool classes presented Leasure. their annual Christmas program to their family and friends. The chil- Bert has been a loyal and dedicated dren sang Christmas songs and re- employee of St. John’s for 17 cited the Lord’s Prayer. Ric years. She has volunteered her Brown, President/CEO of St. time in many areas of need to en- John’s Villa shared a blessing and sure all a successful day/and or invited all to share in refreshments event. and the creation of Christmas crafts. These events are a wonder- The Employee of the Month will ful time for fellowship, giving us enjoy, a $25.00 gas card, a lottery the opportunity to express our sin- ticket, a reserved parking space for cere appreciation for the joy the the month, and lunch at their favor- children bring to the mission of St. ite restaurant with the President/ Bert Leasure St. John’s Villa John’s Villa. CEO of St. John’s Villa, Ric Employee of the Month Brown. Counting Blessings/Giving Thanks St. John’s Villa By: Gerald F. Doyle, Vice Chair Board of Directors 2012 decided that Cathy should become a Annual resident of St. John’s Villa. Fund Raising As time has moved forward, it is Events obvious to my wife and I that our choice to have Cathy become a resi- dent at St. John’s Villa was abso- End of the lutely the right choice to make. The Year Gifts faith based affiliation has always been part of the organization’s per- sonality and culture, and we feel it 15th Annual always will be. The current leader- Dinner/Auction Mr. Doyle and Cathy love ship is committed to “doing the right March 24, 2012 spending time together. thing for the residents and staff.” As the year comes to an end, I find my Throughout Cathy’s residency at St. Massillon Dinner wife and I doing the same thing that we do John’s Villa, we have seen her grow in May 5, 2012 every holiday season, count our blessings knowledge and independence. I can’t and giving thanks. For the past several tell you how proud we were to attend years we have always had St. John’s Villa Cathy’s school graduation. One of our Mother’s Day China at the top of our list. We also revisit how prize possessions that we have dis- Drawing our daughter Cathy became a resident of played is Cathy’s graduation picture, May 13, 2012 St. John’s Villa. First there was coming to taken and given to me by one of her an understanding with what our family, caregivers. Cathy is now employed at spiritual leader and legal advisor was tell- St. John’s Villa Workshop. When my 19th Annual Golf Outing ing us. Which simply put was “it was time wife and I take Cathy shopping down- September 7, 2012 for Cathy to begin her life in a setting that town Carrollton, we are just amazed at would help her to mature and be more in- the people that greet Cathy by name. It dependent.” Walk-a-thon is obvious that she continues with our goal of improving independence, with To be Determined After months of deliberation, my wife and the assistance of her caregivers. I decided that all we were hearing from trusted family and professionals made a lot I use the term caregivers, however, that of sense and should, at the least be investi- does not really define those involved gated. We began by making a list of what whom are providing care at St. John’s Be Sure to we felt was the necessary criteria that Villa. They are incredibly gifted indi- Check us out on: Cathy’s next provider would need to have. viduals that are “special.” What I see First on our list was a faith based affilia- are individuals that are patient, under- Facebook tion. This was very important to my wife standing, dedicated, and compassion- Twitter and I. Religion has been a large part of our ate. These are personality traits that life and Cathy has also been part of our any individual would look for in a & spiritual connection. Secondly, we wanted friend as well as a care provider. stjohnsvilla.net an organization that gave the residents an opportunity to gain education, both aca- You can see why we feel blessed and demically and through life experiences. thankful for the environment that our Thirdly, it had to be set in an environment daughter Cathy is surrounded by at St. ST. JOHN’S VILLA that demonstrated caring, understanding, John’s Villa. It is an environment and compassion. where mission and values are sup- ported and driven by excellent leader- All of our research supported that St. ship, great people, and it is a place John’s Villa met our criteria. Well, after “where growth has no boundaries”. many deep breaths and some sadness, we ...where growth has no boundaries Santa and his elf came to St. John’s Villa in the month of December so that boys and girls could ask Santa to remember how good they have been from January to November The boys and girls hoped for toys and other gifts that they wanted As they looked through the stores for the treasures they hunted They brought these ideas to Santa as he sat in his chair Wearing a suit of red, and a beard of white hair They sat on his lap with laughter and cheer And their messages and wishes were just for Santa to hear As they whispered and giggled their hopes in his ear Moms and dads longed for pictures as they stayed near St. John’s Villa buildings and grounds were adorned from ceilings to floors with fresh pines, lights and wreaths as well as other Christmas décor Residents and employees teamed up, and they made A Christmas float which they rode during the Carroll County Christmas parade The fun and the joy were merry and pleasin’ Yet we know that Christ is the real reason for the season! We hope your Christmas season was as Bright as ours! A Beautiful Way To Remember Loved Ones When someone loses a loved one, it is often impossible to know what to say. A gift in memoriam to St. John’s Villa can be a beautiful way to express your condolences. Not only do you show that you care, but your donation will have a direct and positive effect on the individuals with disabilities served by St. John’s. The Villa has a nice array of lovely memorial, sympathy, and get well cards. Call Susan Williamson at 330-627-9789 for more information. Memorials October—December 2011 William & Mary Reynolds Leo & Lucy Huck Michael & Margaret Letzelter Elizabeth Reynolds Jossey Regis Huck Gretchen Letzelter Corban Bill & Elsbeth Reynolds Bill & Eleanor Lang Virginia Welch BE- Elizabeth Reynolds Jossey Regis Huck A.E. Mangino Robin Reynolds Ann & Nick Rich Sadie & Lester Caiazza QUESTS Elizabeth Reynolds Jossey Eleanor Mangino Eleanor Mangino Constance Bishop Helen Mangino Robin Reynolds Assure the Jane & Richard Naser Eleanor Mangino Jennifer Garrett continuation Richard Schulte Anna Preberoiusky Frederick A. Smith and growth of our Patricia Schulte Rose Lengyl Marie C. Smith programs for the Michael Verbies Herbert Roof Family Cam & Mary Abbott developmentally James Hinton Elizabeth Deluca Donna Abbott disabled adults Constance Bishop Emedio Deluca Family John Betty Noll in our care John & Margaret Ramig Elizabeth Deluca Julie Wright by mention Constance Bishop George Werner A.W. Smith in your David Kazdan & Laura Gooch Diana Werner Bertha Smith Will. Lee Ann Naples Andrew Mangino Robin, Elsbeth & Mr. & Mrs. Naples Eleanor Mangino Bill Reynolds The following Kathryn Brancato Cushman Thomas & Connie Mangino Stacey & Rob Zelina general form Robert & Ingeborg Orr Eleanor Mangino Don Smith is suggested: Edward Cushman Charles Gallagher Bertha Smith Robert & Ingeborg Orr Eleanor Mangino Dolores M. Bollon “I give, devise, Carl & Mary Branch Antonio & Maria Micketti Fred Bollon and bequeath Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino Iris Catherine Palma to St. John’s Villa, Charles Branch Lugi & Rosaria Mancini Anne Knipp & an Ohio non-profit Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino Stephanie Palma organization located William Branch Thomas & Peggy Michetti Trusts at: Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino Donald & Rosemary Schott Robert Branch Tomaso Castellucci Louis Mattevi 701 Crest Street Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino James Pastore P.O. Box 457 James Branch Theodore Branch Prayer Carrollton, OH Marlene Hendershan Marlene Hendershan Anna Preberoiusky 44615 Richard Branch Viola & Wilbur Byers Rose Lengyl Marlene Hendershan Marlene Hendershan Marie, June, John, Clara, The sum of $_______ Rosemma Emmerth Carol Chastain Frank & Emma (or specifically Gretchen Letzelter Corban Marlene Hendershan Diana Werner Described Hans D. Corban William Chastain Birthday property.)” Gretchen Letzelter Corban Marlene Hendershan Mary V. Smith Ida & Lester Barber Rose & Joseph Cosentino Richard T. Smith Inquiries regarding Eleanor Mangino Marlene Hendershan In Honor of bequests are always Michael Karpinski Raymond E. Hendershan, Jr. Mary V. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Karpinski Marlene Hendershan Marie C. Smith Massillon Dinner— May 5, 2012 Mark your calendar today for this special event. Influential people including Fr. Theodore overcame the odds and became a very suc- Hesburgh, President Emeritus, Notre Dame cessful and caring individual and business University, and Lou Holtz to name a few. man. We feel very honored to have him as By the way, in 2002 Jim was inducted as a our speaker, which he is doing gratis. Jim Distinguished American into the Lou Holtz and his wife, Kate, and their daughter, Katy Hall of Fame as a member of the Board of Clare, reside at the edge of the Notre Dame Trustees. University. He is a renowned speaker and author, who The event will take place at Shady Hollow has affected many young people's lives and Country Club in Massillon, OH on May careers, which is most gratifying to him. 5, 2012. The staff of Shady Hollow will Jim is known nationally as a motivational provide the guests with a delightful meal, speaker. At the request of President, atmosphere, and desert made by the Villa Ronald Reagan, he facilitated Leadership Restaurant to make an evening for all to Goal Setting for the California Governor's remember! conference and the President's Committee Jim Connelly and Lou Holt for Employment of People with Disabili- The St. John’s Villa Sign Singers will also ties held at Stanford University. He was Bob David, at a chance meeting also the keynote speaker for the Volunteers perform the song “Celebration” by Kool at Notre Dame University last of America Midas Touch program for & The Gang. May, met Mr. Jim Connelly and gifted inner-city children. was most impressed with him and Our family at St. John’s Villa would love convinced him to be our speaker Jim grew up in a western Pennsylvania to have you join us for a wonderful eve- at this year's Massillon Dinner. factory town with an alcoholic abusive ning. If you have any questions or con- Bob says he is a most remarkable father. By the age of seven the young cerns, please feel free to contact Bobby individual who has crossed paths Connelly had developed two things - an David at 330-806-0146, Susan William- and been friends with many entrepreneurial spirit and a fighter. He son or Kim Bell at 330-627-9789. Mother’s Day China Drawing Enjoy 5 settings of Mikasa St. John’s Villa China Drawing—Coupon “Parchment” China (including — din- ner plate, salad plate, soup bowls, tea- (Donation $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00) cup, and saucer)! Please send __________Tickets. In addition, the gift includes service for 5 of Oneida Amount Enclosed $____________. The exquisite Stainless Steel Sil- Mikasa “Parchment” verware. pattern and the Name_______________________________________ “Simplicity” International What a delightful silverware setting to gift a Address_____________________________________ will make an family member, friend, or even City____________________________________ elegant dinner table! keep to decorate your own home with! State___________ The drawing will again take place on Mother’s Day. Chances Zip______________ will be sold at $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. If you have any questions, they can be addressed to Susan Williamson or Telephone: ____________________________ Kim Bell at 330.627.9789. Christmas Party lunch consisting of ham, cheesy potatoes, chips, a veggie tray with dip and an array of desserts. Staff members had a great time eating, listening to Christmas music and catch- ing up with each other. Above: Staff members had a great At noon, the winning ticket time catching up with each other. On Friday, December 16, 2011, St. John’s was drawn for the winner of Villa hosted an All Staff Christmas party. the Lottery Tree. Congratu- The party was held in the gathering room at lations to “Enzo” whose St. John’s . name was pulled from the box by Leo, Ruth Web- The Villa Restaurant provided a wonderful ster’s grandson. luncb Thank you to everyone who helped make the party such a great success! Right: Sharon Wittlinger (front) and Sandy Kucera enjoyed a great lunch pro- vided by the Villa Restaurant. ST. JOHN’S VILLA St. John’s Villa VOLUNTEER 701 Crest Street PROGRAM P.O. Box 457 Carrollton, OH 44615 and volunteers are welcomed Phone: 330-627-9789 Join a team of people com- to join us and help in many Fax: 330-627-4826 mitted to serving together in different ways. Website: stjohnsvilla.net the St. John’s Villa Volunteer Program. At this time we are This is a great program for Published quarterly seeking caring individuals to High School students who President: Richard A. Brown, M.P.A. work in our Volunteer De- must fulfill Community Ser- Contributing Writers: partment. Volunteers must vice hours and a special way Ric Brown, Kim Bell, be at least sixteen (16) years for families to form a spiri- Dawn Nichols, Jennifer Rodriques, of age. tual connection with each Susan Williamson & Gerald Doyle. other. Volunteers will assist staff Photographers & Layout: members in the Adult Day Interested individuals should Kim Bell & Susan Williamson Habilitation area and in other contact Kim Bell or Susan Editor: Richard A. Brown, M.P.A. program areas as well. There Williamson at 330.627.9789 & Susan Williamson are numerous areas of need for more information.
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