Autumn Harvest to Benefit Madonna House

FALL FESTIVAL: The Madonna House is looking forward to this year’s Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival, which will be held Sept. 19 at Bishop Kelley High School. Above, from left on the back row are co-chairs of the event Dixie Highberger and Mary Dezell and Madonna House coordinator Karen Guzman. In front are Madonna House residents Jennifer Lindsey and Cortney.

The 16th annual Autumn Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival benefiting Madonna House of Catholic Charities will be Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bishop Kelley High School, 3905 S. Hudson Ave. in Tulsa.

The festival draws more than 90 exhibitors with a wide variety of products. If you would like to be an exhibitor for this event, please contact Stephanie Wolf at (918) 251-9946.

Attendees can browse jewelry, florals, handbags, fudge, crafts and home décor items in addition to a wide array of foods. Concessions will be sold all day, the Knights of Columbus will sell hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch and the Autumn Harvest Pantry will sell baked goods. Tickets are $3 at the door and all proceeds go to Catholic Charities Madonna House Program.

The Autumn Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Madonna House Auxiliary, an organization with more than 600 members that support the Madonna House residential maternity home dedicated to helping pregnant women, new moms, and newborns.

This organization assists women through lodging, nutrition, linkage with health care, professional counseling and child care education, as well instruction leading to a or support toward post high school education.

There are no fees required for the women who benefit from this program. Madonna House staff and volunteers help women in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The funds raised from this event support the Madonna House Services.

The mission of Catholic Charities is to bring Christ’s love to those who suffer in our midst. Last year, 60,000 people in need benefited from the services of Catholic Charities’ 12 programs.

Most services are offered at no cost. Assistance is provided without regard for race, color, or creed; approximately 90 percent of those served are not of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Charities’ staff and more than 1,250 volunteers carry out the mission. Catholic Charities is not a United Way agency and receives limited federal funds; 98 percent of the funding for operation is provided by individuals and charitable organizations.

Items in the photo were provided by: Lessa Cotton, Scentables; Micha Minney, Cherished Gifts; Tammy Houghton, Purse-a-nality Tammy Lawson, Basket Sensations.

Some other talented exhibitors include: Chris Wieberdink; Frank Arnett, wood carved toys; Robin Caudle, sock monkeys, baby items; Koni Clements, Jewelry; Lessa Cotton, Scentables; Kim DeLozier, crocheted hats; Hazel Evans, Rags to Riches; Tawni Herburger, Tawnini embellished shirts and hoodies; Connie Hubbard, seasonal gifts; Milan Martin, Table for Two, dried food mixes; Jody Quinten, ceramics; Stephanie Saverino, Stephanie’s Fabulous fudge; Linda Spiegelberg, Ellen J, home décor and jewelry; Barbara Strong, Family crafts; Irmard Toschik, German Sisters, hand made quilted table runners; Betty Ward, floral arrangement; Kari Wheeler, My Grain of Sand, pearls & other gemstones; Terri Willms, children’s teepees flower press; Sharon Gilbert, Craft Carousel, seasonal gifts; Teresa Gawey, Stella & Dot, jewelry; Polly Bowen, Baubles & Bed; Micha Minney, Cherished Gifts; Laverne Elia, oil painting; Dan Brandt, Old World Confectionary; Karen Kersey, Treasured Memories, sterling silver jewelry beads; Laci Best, Crazy About Bling, shirts, hoodies embellished; Judy Evans, J&J Productions, cheese balls, soup, and gift items; Pauline Grzlak, Kreative Kreations, seasonal items; Amy Trimble, Sew Intense; Norma Vallon, Vallon’s Florals; David DeSirey, photography.
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Sponsors for the event include: The Williams Companies, Cox Communications, Debbie Crowley Designs, Joan’s Print Shop Inc., Knights of Columbus 6606, Jack Carlson of MADJAX Sign Co., Newspapers and Bishop Kelley High School.

Updated 09-14-2009

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