St. Nicholas Serata
The Santa Susanna St. Nicholas Charity Serata (December 3, 2016) is the annual fundraising event held as part of the community’s commitment to reach out to the poor and homeless of Rome. While it is often difficult for members of our community to volunteer time to the various charities of Rome due to language differences, the entire community can participate in this event to raise money for these important organizations. Each year, as close as possible to the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6th), the Patron Saint of the Poor and Homeless, we hold a gala dinner dance, raffle and silent and live auction. Over the last several years, the great success of this event has come from the commitment, creativity and energy of the members of our community. On a wintry Saturday evening in December, the parish sponsors this annual Roman charity fundraising event at Marymount International School. The Serata follows a tradition begun well over 60 years ago with the Santa Susanna Bazaars, sponsored by the Santa Susanna’s Ladies Guild.
At the St. Nicholas Charity Serata (December 3, 2016) nearly two hundred people begin the evening with prosecco and hors d’oeuvres while participating in an extraordinary, wonderful silent auction. The Grand Ballroom is exquisitely decorated in an explosion of color, lights and candles, with specially crafted centerpieces at each table. Raffle tickets, which are sold six months prior to the event, offer the possibility of such prizes as trips for two to New York, Kenya and London, as well as special surprises. An elegant dinner includes antipasti, two pastas, a main course, vegetables and salad, along with mineral water and specially chosen wines. Dessert, coffee and after dinner drinks are served at a buffet. Door prizes are announced throughout the evening, followed by an exciting live auction of such items as oil paintings, Fendi purses, dinner for 8 at the Paulist Rectory, weekends for two in Venice, a full wine cellar (75 bottles!), and once, even a motorino. Energetic dancing to the great music of an outstanding local band (e.g. Ross and the Doormats) is sprinkled throughout the evening. In between the raffle winners are ceremoniously announced to great fanfare.
Parishioners work for months gathering donations, selling raffle tickets, planning innovative lighting and decoration, and promoting and publicizing the Serata. We receive auction donations from our current and past parishioners, as well as from visitors, friends and relatives throughout the world. Many of these alumni and friends also buy raffle tickets and occasionally win one of the prizes! We are especially grateful to the administration and staff of Marymount International School and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for their generous hospitality. Preliminary preparations are already underway for our future St. Nicholas Charity Serata on December 3, 2016.
Santa Susanna Charities Supported by the Saint Nicholas Charity Serata:
Archè works with children who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS, and helps their families as well. More than 600 volunteers, trained by qualified doctors, psychologists and social workers, help with home and hospital care, staff a residential home for mothers and children, and provide family support, school support, prevention projects and sensitization in schools. Via Oderzo 24, 00182 Roma. Tel. 06.7725.0350. website: www.arche.it
The Centro Astalli Refugee Center operates dormitories for men, women and children, serves dinner every night and provides a health clinic, Italian language school and social counseling (including job and house search, and legal aid). Via Astalli 14 A, 00186 Roma. Tel. 06.678.1246.
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Centre which is just down the street at St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church on Via Nazionale and Via Napoli. The JNRC offer hospitality to political refugees in the heart of Rome. The daytime center offers a peaceful and welcoming sanctuary and support program that encourages and empowers asylum seekers to develop the confidence and skills to build new lives for themselves. Tel: 06.488.3339.
The Casa Famiglia Villa del Pino in Monte Porzio Catone houses and cares for men who have AIDS. Thanks to the collaboration between the Mosaico Associations and the Casa Famiglia, they offer not only the necessary treatments, but also an occupational laboratory for work training. They also work to improve education regarding AIDS in the community. Via Sant’Antonio 2, Monte Porzio Catone 00040. Tel. 06.944.9022.
The Casa di San Giuseppe and Santa Teresa is located in beautiful Rocca di Papa and houses troubled children in family homes. Most of the children are Italians, the rest are Polish, Albanian and Afghan. These children are entrusted to the Casa by the Giudice Minorile. Education in local schools, as well as food, clothes and lodging are provided. Via Lucatelli 81, 00040, Rocca di Papa. Tel. 06.947.49.044.
The Di Liegro Foundation is committed to providing psychosocial support to families and individuals who are suffering mental illness. Among the services provided are training courses for citizens who want to understand mental illness and want to volunteer in hospitals and community centers; workshops and counseling for teens and young adults; social skill training for young adults with mental illness through theater, photography, cooking and audio visual classes; support groups for families; courses for empowerment and advocacy and seminars for teachers and parents on the development of emotional intelligence in school aged children. Via Ostiense, 106, 00154 Roma, Tel. 06 679 2669
Information about our Lenten Rice Bowl Projects and our monthly visits to the Caritas Soup Kitchen are posted in our weekly newsletter. More information will be forthcoming here.