Ladies love Setting the Table event

Dorothy Kovarik (left) and Mary Schleis were among hundreds of women who flooded the American Legion Club to be pampered at the special lunch while enjoying the splendor of the exquisitely decorated tables. The event was held to raise funds to provide area youth the chance to attend the Steubenville Conference held in July at Rochester. (Lori Nickel Photo)


Over 200 area women took the afternoon to be pampered in the luxury of an elaborately decorated table, while being served delicious food with friends as they attended the Setting the Table for Steubenville luncheon held at the American Legion on Sunday, Jan. 13. Twenty-eight tables were designed and set by volunteers who brought in their own dinnerware and decorations, adding that special touch of elegance to the luncheon. 

The second annual event was held to raise money to send 25 youth from Most Holy Redeemer, St. Canice and St. John to the Steubenville conference held in Rochester from July 12-14. The youth worked hard at the luncheon by providing table service for those attending. 

“We were very pleased with the attendance and support of this fundraiser,” stated organizer Paula Novak. She said the lunch was again a success, as the cost for the conference is $350 per student. “This fundraiser allows us to help families send their teens who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost,” she explained. 

While at the luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to view all the beautifully decorated tables, bid on silent auction items, enjoy a delicious lunch, hear an inspirational speaker and learn tips for making their own table centerpieces. Later in the afternoon an entire holiday-inspired table setting was raffled and won by Cathy Stasney.

“I just love this event,” said Chris Skluzacek who attended with her step-daughter Makayla. “The decorations, the prizes, the food, everything was there to pamper us ladies! It made me feel extra fancy.”

Novak said she and organizer Monica Farrell had a lot of help in planning the luncheon, from both adults and teens, and that they are working on it throughout the year.

“We want to sincerely thank each and every business who donated in any way for this event. Thanks to all the hostesses who beautifully decorated their tables, and to the teens and others who so generously gave of their time, talent and energy to make this so successful,” Novak stated. 

Novak added that they are still taking names of teens for a waiting list for the July conference. She asked those interested to contact Kathy Ruhland at Most Holy Redeemer at 507-364-7981 for information.