St. Clare, St. Francis awards to be presented at Franciscan Gala

Executive Director of Bethany House Toledo Deidra Lashley and Sylvania Franciscan Associate Pat Valdez will receive St. Clare Awards and attorney and member of the corporate integrity committee of St. Joseph Regional Health System Chuck Ellison will receive the St. Francis Award at the Sylvania Franciscan Gala on Saturday Sept. 24.

The event begins at 6 pm at the Sylvania Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. and features gourmet food, dancing to the KGB Band, a wine pull, a gift card raffle and a silent auction. A live preview of auction items opens online Sept.19 and bidding begins on Sept. 21 at 7 pm. Bidding ends on Sept. 24 at 10 pm.

Honorary chairman Charles Kundschier is the great-great nephew of Sylvania Franciscan founder, Mother Adelaide Sandusky. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, will travel from Minnesota to attend the gala.


Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling 419-824-3625 or online at The event raises funds to support the Sylvania Franciscan Ministries. Those who cannot attend can also participate virtually at the following link:

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