2019 Villa St. Francis Faith in Bloom Luncheon

Kansas City Ladies of Charity enjoy lunch for Villa St. Francis 

Villa St. Francis hosted its 3rd annual Faith in Bloom luncheon at the Olathe Conference Center on Wednesday, May 8. The Kansas City Ladies of Charity were well represented providing assistance with check-in, as event guests and Villa St. Francis Director of Development Michelle Carlstedt and Director of Integrated Marketing Kate McEnerney.  Villa St. Francis CEO, Rodney Whittington, explained to attendees the critical need for funding support because of a significant shortfall of over $1.5 million between what Medicaid allows and the actual cost of high quality senior long term, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. A video was shown of residents and family members describing their appreciation of the caring staff at Villa St. Francis — and why this makes such a difference.

Above, Sister Vickie Perkins, SCL accepts the Archbishop Joseph Naumann “Sanctity of Life Award” presented by Archbishop Naumann and Rodney Whittington, CEO of Villa St. Francis. Each year a person who demonstrates a profound respect of life from birth to end stage is chosen as a recipient of the Sanctity of Life Award named in honor of the Archbishop. Sister Vickie’s sister, Jane Overton, and fellow Sisters of Charity and friends described (on video) the incredible impact Sister Vickie has had on the Kansas City community in her 60 years as a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth.

Above, KC Ladies of Charity who attended the Faith in Bloom luncheon — Seated, Laura Corley, Lou Heilman, Mary Pat Sullivan, Joan Ward, Albe McGurk. Standing, Gayle Johnson, Dorothy Hauser, Mary Thompson


Above, KC Ladies of Charity who attended the Faith in Bloom luncheon — Standing, Judy Mereghetti, Lisa Matthews, Laura Caulfield. Seated, Pat Mykins, Elena Fallon, Mary Ann Caffrey and Janice Willis.

The Faith in Bloom Luncheon is held mid-day at 12:00 noon. The event organizers keep things moving with a 90-minute schedule that allows people who work to attend. With over 330 guests attending in just its 3rd year, the fundraiser is already a big success. The Kansas City Ladies of Charity are pleased to be a supporter of a shared mission to “serve those who need care with compassion, excellence and dignity.”