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Grazie Mille!

Over 600 guests enjoy an "Evening in Tuscany" at annual Archbishop's Gala

To all the guests and contributors to the Archbishop's Gala 2012 fundraiser, the seminarians and students of Sacred Heart, along with hosts Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Rector Msgr. Todd Lajiness, say, Grazie Mille! Thank you very much!

Including funds generated by ticket sales, the car raffle, ad book, sponsorships and auction items, the gala raised a total of $570,125 in support of the seminary's mission.

Grazie Mille! Thank you very much!

The 614 guests enjoyed a sumptuous "Evening in Tuscany" on June 6, 2012, at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Gala decorations, the cocktail reception, dinner menu, wine selections and afterglow reception reflected this rustic and romantic theme. Radio personality Paul W. Smith emceed the gala and was just as personable and humorous as he is on his WJR morning talk/news show.

An event highlight was State Deputy Thomas Marcetti Jr. presenting to Monsignor Lajiness a check for $100,000 from the Michigan Knights of Columbus in support of the seminary. Lucky Kathleen Jardine of Troy, Michigan, was announced as the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco raffle winner.

The only sad note: the evening opened with a time of prayer for Elwin Vigneron, the father of Archbishop Vigneron, and for the Vigneron family. Mr. Vigneron passed away a day earlier. Of course, the archbishop was unable to attend the gala.

Archbishop's Gala 2013 will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at an exciting new venue, the Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center in Detroit. Download a reservation and learn more about advertising and sponsorship opportunities here. So mark your calendar and we hope to see you then. Ciao!