Star Struck Gala 2017

The Splendor of India

May 6, 2017
Experiencing the Splendor of India

On May 6th over 250 people entered Mullen Hall (Some say it was transformed into the Taj Mahal) on the grounds of Monocacy Manor, Bethlehem for the celebration of the 7th Annual Star Struck Gala & Silent Auction.  They were greeted by the Gala Team and several Sisters resplendent in colorful saris. Tables and walls were draped with beautiful flowing saris, flowers and mementos of India, collected over the years by the School Sisters. An enormous elephant donned in fabric and jewels stood center stage. Beautiful and colorful lighting was provided by Mike Salvaggio of ESG Lighting.

Our guests sampled Indian hors-d’oeuvres and enjoyed an amazing, festive meal prepared by the Retreat Center chefs, Carol Devine and Beth VanCouteran, who was assisted by our dear friend, Joanne Anderson. During dessert, we were captivated by Vedanta Dance Academy. Looking exceptional in their traditional garb and led by Firuzi Desai, the dancers shared a splendid selection of Bharatanatyam, Fusion and Bollywood dances. 

The Silent Auction attracted many and the Star Struck Raffle had lucky winners.  Faithful friend and retreatant, Dorothy Trexler won the gorgeous star-patterned quil, donated by Sharon Rehrig and friends.  Dotty was thrilled!

Since the School Sisters of Saint Francis have always been in involved in education and formation, at this year’s Gala Saint Francis Center for Renewal chose to Shine Its Light on Philip Fromuth, Ph.D., the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Allentown.  Four outstanding Women of Strength were honored as well.  These included: Dr. Milissa Bolcar, Pamela Tuskes, Teresa Connors – all former graduates of Saint Francis Academy, and S. Regina Ann Rokosny, OSF.  In addition, a San Damiano Crucifix was presented to Ellen Kraft in remembrance of her mother, Joan – friend and benefactor of the Renewal Center. 

With oohs and ahs, our guests affirmed the talents and dedication of Jan Gough and the Gala Committee. School Sisters Ancy Francis and Beena Jose from the Region of India also attended the Gala in traditional Indian dress.  They too complimented the committee on their efforts to bring the splendor of India to life.  

Next year’s Gala will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Ministry of Saint Francis Center for Renewal and will have Msgr. John Murphy as our honored guest. Save the Date: May 5, 2018, and stay tuned for more details!

Our Sponsors!

St. Francis Center for Renewal
would like to Shine its Light
on this year’s sponsors of the Splendor of India.

Star of India Sponsor
Tuskes Homes

Lapis Lazuli Sponsors
Albarell Electric
Shirley Knecht Hixson
Joseph Hixson

Moon Stone Sponsors

Diocese of Allentown
Father Clifton Bishop
E. T. & T.
Anna Kleinschuster
St Francis Retreat House
School Sisters of St. Francis

Thank You!

St. Francis Center for Renewal Shines its Light on…

Dr. Philip J. Fromuth

St. Francis Center for Renewal is honored to ‘Shine it’s Light’ on Dr. Phil Fromuth, Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Allentown. This honor is bestowed for his dedication to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Allentown.

Dr. Fromuth will be honored by St. Francis Center for Renewal on May 6, 2017 at our Annual Star Struck Gala.

Philip J. Fromuth is Secretary of Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Allentown. In this leadership position, he provides direction and oversight to 43 schools, about 12,000 students and 900 educators. Completing his 37th year in the Diocesan educational system, Dr. Fromuth has been a teacher, principal and

Deputy Secretary for Education before being appointed as Superintendent of Catholic Education in 2002.

He is also involved in a number of community organizations. He currently is on the Board of Directors of PBS 39, the Berks Business Education Coalition, the Board of Associates of Muhlenberg College and Secretary-Treasurer for the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO Bd. 67) to name a few. He is a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and is a Past Grand Knight of Reading Council #793. He previously served on the President’s Council at Alvernia College.

Dr. Fromuth received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University, his Master’s Degree from Kutztown University and completed his educational administration studies at Temple University. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership from Alvernia University in Reading in 2012.

He has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of his high school, the former Reading Central Catholic and honored by the Diocese of Allentown for his service to youth both in CYO activities and in the field of education. In January 2017, he received the Rev. Msgr. George Bornemann Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Catholic Education and Evangelization in Berks County. For leadership in basketball officiating both on and off the court, he has been honored and received awards from local, regional, state and international organizations.
A lifelong resident of Reading, PA, he and his wife Joanne are the proud parents of Elizabeth Ann and Katharine Mary.

Women of Strength 2017

Dr. Milissa Bolcar, Teresa Sim Connors, Sr. Regina Ann Rokosny, OSF, Pamela Tuskes
For more information, please see Women of Strength 2017!

St. Francis Academy

St. Francis Center for Renewal welcomes the Graduates of St. Francis Academy
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary is the Class of 1967!
We also honor and welcome the Classes of 1962, 1972, 1977 and 1982!
Gala Sponsorship

The Star Struck Gala is the major annual fundraiser for St. Francis Center for Renewal, a ministry of the School Sisters of St. Francis.

There are many ways that you can participate in this important event. The list below indicates the various level of sponsorships available, including participation in the Gala Program that is seen by the 200+ Gala guests. Our Silent Auction also relies on the active participation of many generous people who donate gift cards & services as well as silent auction items. Your participation is encouraged and your generosity much appreciated.

Platinum Presenting Sponsor          $5000

Corporate Banner Displayed at Gala
Reserved Seats: 2 Tables of 8
Back Page Full Color Ad in Gala Program
Special Public Acknowledgement at Event
Recognition in St. Francis Center Newsletter, Website and Social Media

Corporate Sponsor          $2500

Corporate Banner Displayed at Gala
Reserved Seats: Up to 10
Recognition & Full Page Color Ad in Gala Program
Special Public Acknowledgement at Event
Recognition in St. Francis Center Newsletter, Website and Social Media

Table Sponsor          $1250

Reserved Seats: Up to 8
Recognition & Full Page B&W Ad in Gala Program
Special Public Acknowledgement at Event
Recognition in St. Francis Center Newsletter, Website and Social Media


Full-Color Ads     (Limited Space)

Back Cover  – $500
Inside Back Cover  – $450
Front Inside Cover  – $500
Full Page (8 1/2 x 11)  – $300
1/2   Page  (8 1/2 x 5 1/2)  – $175

Black & White Ads

Full Page (8 1/2 x 11)   – $200
1/2 Page (8 1/2 x 5 1/2)   – $100
1/4 Page (4 1/2 x 5 1/2)   – $ 75
Business Card (2 x 2 3/4)   – $ 50

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