Fundraising Event to Replace 2022 Annual Dinner and Auction
“An Evening of Elegance – Dinner and Auction” – This event, held the first weekend in February, has been the major fundraiser supporting the work of the Mother Teresa Maternity Home for the past fifteen years. Think back to the wonderful gathering February 1, 2020. This successful evening, enjoyed by all in attendance, raised money needed for the day to day costs of running the home. We anticipated a repeat performance in 2021. Little did anyone see the arrival of the infamous Covid 19, sending us all into lockdown and putting an end to large social gatherings. While the country struggled with overcrowded hospitals, frantic work on vaccine development, the rising death toll, all the uncertainties of the pandemic, the Evening of Elegance Was postponed for 2021.
Our faithful supporters stepped up with generous donations so that the home could continue operating, and for that we are grateful. The Board learned how to Zoom and looked forward to in-person meetings. We tried to look forward, to not give up.
During this past year we saw the successful development of vaccines. We got our shots, wore our masks, and life seemed to be moving toward “normalcy”. But no – along came the Caldor Fire, plans for evacuation, unhealthy air quality, and the up and down statistics surrounding the spread of the virus. Through it all the Mother Teresa Maternity Home has continued to serve pregnant women in need. The home is full, six women in residence and three babies due soon. We have a new home director who has been up to the challenges she faced, working with relief staff and a thriving support system in our community.
Uncertainty has made us realize that The Evening of Elegance will once more have to be postponed, yet the need for your vital support remains. The vulnerable women and infants still need the help of the Mother Teresa Maternity Home and we still need the support from you, our donors.
We truly believe that by February 2023 we will be able to gather in person to enjoy a dinner and evening together. In the meantime we will once again be sending letters to all of our donors. We need you. We appreciate you. We thank you!
Recently Held Events
Recent Golf Tournament a Resounding Success
After missing 2020 due to Covid the annual Mother Teresa Maternity Home golf event tradition was restarted on Monday, October 11th. Again, both the Holy Trinity (El Dorado Hills) and Monsignor Hayes (Placerville) Knights of Columbus councils worked together and made this the largest attended tournament in recent history with approximately 100 golfers on the course.
Weather conditions were excellent. The temperature was approximately 75 degrees with some gusty winds. After golf guests enjoyed a great dinner prepared by the Cold Springs Country Club staff followed by a very successful raffle. Grand Knight Randy Bickel provided the entertainment as Master of Ceremonies.
We’d like to thank all those who helped make this year’s event such a success and look forward to seeing you next year. If you missed out this year, be ready to join us on the links in 2022. We all had a great time while supporting an important community cause.
23rd Annual Fall Luncheon, October 2, 2021
In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone, Colette Polaski, the chair of the 23rd Annual Fall Luncheon, and her committee continued the successful fall tradition of support for Mother Teresa Maternity Home with another “virtual luncheon.
The “virtual luncheon” was held on Saturday, October 2nd for 22 table hosts, in their individual homes, who enjoyed an afternoon of safe distancing friendship with their guests and wonderful food. Hosts had the option to either order a prepared and delivered lunch or provide their own. Those choosing to have the food prepared by our own Chef Colette Polaski and her team in the St. Patrick’s kitchen had it delivered to their homes by a team of volunteer drivers from the Knights of Columbus on Saturday morning. In addition, those unable to host a luncheon continued their support of the Home with their financial donations.
The names of the table hosts were entered into a drawing for several beautiful gift baskets created by our usual donors to either keep or to hold another drawing with their guests. Guests were given an opportunity to continue their support of MTMH through individual donations at the luncheons or by mailing them directly to MTMH.
We are very grateful to everyone for your generous financial support to help keep the maternity home operating for the women and infants in need during these uncertain times.
We look forward to returning to a “normal” Fall Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.