Annual Super Bowl Raffle
St. Mary’s Dining Room is excited to announce the Annual Super Bowl Raffle! Proceeds from ticket sales support our programs and allow us to respond to poverty by feeding the hungry, caring for health issues and restoring human dignity for over 700 individuals each day.
The purchase of a $100 raffle ticket helps St. Mary’s Dining Room provide services such as nutritious meals, hot showers, socks and underwear, eye glasses, dental care, medical care and case management advocacy.
Click here to download and print the Super Bowl Order Form.
Thank you to our AFC/NFC CHAMPION SPONSORS:
George A. Paxton
Thank you to our SUPER BOWL WILDCARD SPONSORS:
Ron Hilder D.D.S.
Deborah D. Chase - Quilters Quarters
A Time for Giving Thanks
Jesus Serrano and his family pose with Edward Figueroa and St. Mary's staff on Thanksgiving Day. Jesus donated 100 frozen turkeys to St. Mary's for our Thanksgiving meal.
Mark Silfer and staff of AAA, along with Mike's Towing, delivered 40 frozen turkeys for our Thanksgiving meal.
The following article first appeared in the Stockton Record on November 29, 2013. Written by Record Staff Writer Keith Reid.
STOCKTON - It's been a rough few months for Eddie Arredondo and his young daughters as they have struggled to find permanent housing, and in turn, any real stability.
The 31-year-old single father has struggled to find work, and said he didn't have an understanding landlord, so he's sought the help of local shelters.
On Thanksgiving Thursday, his troubles subsided, if only for a short time, as he sat down with Adrianna, 5, and Samantha, 4, for a turkey lunch at St. Mary's Dining Room in Stockton, where 800 people were served by 400 volunteers.
"Right now I feel like, at least, I'm taking care of my daughters and they at least have one parent right now," said Arredondo, donning a San Francisco 49ers hat and jersey. "I'm looking around right now and seeing all these volunteers, and it's just a reminder that there's so much good out there even though everybody thinks of all the crime in Stockton. ... There's really a whole bunch of good people. I feel blessed right now."
St. Mary's Dining Room was just one of many places that people in need could go in Stockton on Thursday to receive a hearty Thanksgiving meal, but even at just one location the amount of food being served was staggering.
St. Mary's chef Daniel Castillo said he and volunteers cooked 150 turkeys, 600 pounds of potatoes and 800 pounds of stuffing. That's not to mention the mass quantity of cranberry sauce, corn, bread rolls and pies.
"It's all donated. We're so thankful with how well the community supports us," said St. Mary's Dining Room CEO Edward Figueroa.
Among the 400 volunteers at the dining room on Thursday were Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva and his son Caden, who got his first chance to volunteer for people in need, Silva said.
"It's just great for the city of Stockton and shows how much we have to be thankful for," Silva said.
Other volunteers showed sheer joy in the work they did Thursday morning. Some worked the kitchen, others served diners, and still others cleaned tables and helped move the long, hungry line along.
Sherri Boulanger, a Los Angeles resident, said she visits family in Stockton every year and they all volunteer at St. Mary's. Boulanger couldn't contain herself, leading a group of servers in a line dance as country music played over the sound system.
"I look forward to this every year. It's better than anything, and it really makes me feel good," she said.
The results of her work were sitting just feet away, where Elizabeth Babino and her infant daughter Erla ate with other family members.
"We're here because, when we're here on Thanksgiving we can eat together as a family," Babino said. "That's important to us."
Our Thanks to the Impact Society
St. Mary's Board President Marti Denk, and CEO Edward Figueroa at the unveiling of the Impact Society Dedication Wall on November 7, 2013.
On November 7th St. Mary’s Dining Room held its first of many “Family Gatherings.” Family Gatherings are donor focused events that are designed to articulate the great work that is being done as a result of the contributors’ generous support and commitment to our mission. They were named so because we think of all our donors, volunteers, clients and staff as family. It is because all these amazing individuals have come together that we are able to have the opportunity to better the lives of those we serve.
The November 7th Family Gathering event was held in the dining room of St. Mary’s. Our guests were treated to wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as a program that included updates from Edward Figueroa, CEO and Marti Denk, Board President. The event honored the founding members of our Impact Society and unveiled our Impact Society Dedication Wall. Artist Michael Oliva helped design the wall and painted the mural in our dining room. Designed to recognize our Impact Donors as well as inspire others to support our work, plates in varying sizes have been dedicated to illustrate the different levels of giving pledged by our Impact Society members. We hope to add names and plates to this wall each year as we grow to attain our goal of long-term sustainability.