Chelsea – January 5th marked the beginning of the 4th Annual Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, and University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Coach John Beilein has chosen St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI as his favorite non-profit organization. Forty-eight NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches will compete through an online contest, fueled by fan support, for the chance to win $100,000 for their chosen charity. Four elimination rounds will determine the final winner who will be announced on March 15, 2015.
According to Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., “Coach Beilein and his wife Kathleen have been very generous to St. Louis Center, and we are honored to have been chosen once again for this contest. Their support of our residents with developmental disabilities is also a strong testament to their faith, and we hope the community will support them through this contest.” This online contest relies on daily voting to help your…
Saigon – There are 20 foreign congregations living in Ho Chi Minh City. Every third Sunday they gather to discuss formation programs and experiences in Vietnam. They also decided to create an opportunity for the students to get together. Last year they began an annual sports fest, in which all the students are gathered and divided into 4 or 5 groups. The groups compete and at the end of the day the winners are rewarded. This year the event was held on April 30th with the theme ‘Creating a Lively Faith through Sports’. It was not only a chance to play together but also an opportunity to expose them to various sports and grow in team spirit; which is beneficial to community life.
Chelsea – One thing all college basketball coaches have in common is passion, and for the last two years, Coach John Beilein has also channeled his passion into raising awareness and support for the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Mich. On Monday Oct. 15th, Beilein and members of the team traveled to St. Louis Center to spend time with the residents. After a brief tour, the team went into the gym, where they were greeted by the residents. Each of the players introduced himself to the crowd and was met with an appreciative applause. Beilein ran the players through different drills, showing off their ball-handling skills and shooting range, but the biggest hit proved to be the slam-dunk contest. After the players demonstrated each drill, the residents were invited to show off their skills and take part in the drills alongside the players. Tim Hardaway Jr., who had visited the St. Louis Center before, said that he hopes he can continue to come back and visit in the future. “It’s great to see everybody having a good time” Hardaway commented. Beilein plans on bringing the team back in a few months.
Chelsea – On August 15, 2012, the Saint Louis Center and the Aktion Club held its 3rd Annual Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for Faith in Action, Chelsea. About 40 residents participated in the event; some parents were even present for the fun. Dan Roberts, father of Lisa, the Rotta family, the Dunbars, and Pat Valaer, made a special trip to help encourage their children. Mike Dunbar, a resident in the adult program, decided to run the event instead of walk. He even inspired one of the younger residents, Eddie Johnson, to run a lap. “That was truly an amazing accomplishment for Eddie. I am so proud of him,” said Fitness Specialist, Caitlin Deis.
The Servants of Charity priests were on hand to encourage the residents as well as other staff members. When everyone finished walking, they were served popsicles and water.
About $730 was raised for the Aktion Club to present to Faith in Action. Their goal was to raise $800, double of last year’s goal, and next year they hope to double the amount again.
It is not too late if you would like to contribute to the Fun Run. Contact Christine Stehlik at 734-475-8430 or visit stlouiscenter.org to donate online, be sure to put SLC Fun Run into the comments box to designate your gift.
Chelsea – The residents of St. Louis Center were once again treated to an annual barbeque and kickball game by the Chelsea Knights of Columbus on Thursday August 23, 2012. This annual event provides our local Knights with an opportunity to serve our residents, and have a great time in the process. After giving the cooks of SLC the night off, the Knights and their wives helped to cook a great summertime meal of hamburgers and cold salad, which was followed by desserts and a kickball game. As you can see from the happy faces, everyone present enjoyed the event.
Chelsea – The month of August was filled with baseball memories for the residents of St. Louis Center, as they were entertained by the Detroit Tigers on August 7th, and then by the Lansing Lugnuts ten days later on August 17th. In an exciting game against the New York Yankees, the Detroit Tigers won 6-5, which made for a great ride back to Chelsea for our residents. The Lansing Lugnuts played the Fort Wayne, IN, “Tin Caps,” and lost a heartbreaker 7-6 on the 17th, however since this was “Vocations Night,” all the priests and religious who were present at the game were honored by the Lugnuts during pre-game ceremonies.
Rochester Hills, MI – The 15th Annual Dad & Lad Golf Outing took place at the beautiful Twin Lakes Golf Course in Rochester Hills, MI on Wednesday August 1, 2012. With special thanks to our friends Mike Chirco, Salvatore Cottone, and Joe Maniaci, the outing to benefit the residents of St. Louis Center was once again, a huge success. The course was filled with 144 golfers, who filled the banquet hall at the end of the day, and enjoyed dinner with a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, in which 75% of the proceeds were donated back to St. Louis Center. A special thanks to the many sponsors and committee members who donated their time to make this a great day for our residents.
Chelsea – As the summer months roll on, so do the golf outings in support of St. Louis Center. As evidence of their importance, these outings provide opportunities for local members of the community throughout Michigan to help St. Louis Center financially, while having a good time in the process.
The Memorial Golf Outing celebrated its 25th year in 2012, and approximately 64 golfers participated in this event, held at Pierce Lake Golf Course in Chelsea, MI. This year’s outing was held in memory of Therese Doll, the wife of longtime supporter Don Doll, and mother of Board Chairman Larry Doll.
After competing on the golf course, the players enjoyed a dinner of Italian sausage, hamburgers, and cold salads. Along with the great golfer gifts, everyone left knowing that their support went a long way towards helping the residents of St. Louis Center lead a great quality of life for another year.
Quezon City – The Guanella Center Special Children joined in the celebration of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. On July 19th and 20th, the special children and their guardians participated in the Special Olympics; events included relay running, a hotdog eating contest, egg catching, malikhaing pagguhit (poster making contest), sack race, caterpillar and a marathon. The children were divided into three teams working together to prove that, despite their disabilities, they were capable of completing their tasks and were valuable to their team’s effort. Through Special Olympics, the special children developed their talents, skills, capabilities and expressed themselves to a friendly Community. They truly enjoyed the games.
Chelsea – Thursday June 21st was an exciting day for the fifty-two residents of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, as Michigan Basketball Coach John Beilein and four of his current and former basketball players visited the center to put on a basketball “clinic” for the residents and staff. The players who accompanied Coach Beilein were Tim Hardaway, Jr., Jordan Morgan, Eso Akunne, and former team captain Zack Novak.
Coach Beilein and his players entered the gym to cheers from the residents, and after introducing his players, proceeded to execute several practice drills for the residents; even including them in some of their exercises. The drills included two-handed dribbles, circular ball rotations, shoot-arounds, reverse lay-ups, and a few light dunks.
Afterward, Coach Beilein and his players took the time to autograph posters and personal items for the residents, took several more photographs, and closed with a stirring rendition of “The Victors.”