2012 Voices from the Heart Fall Gala

Several Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi attended the inaugural Voices From The Heart event. Pictured from left to right include Sr. Cecilia, Sr. Jerome, Sr. Mary Chatherine, Sr. Mary Therese, and Sr. Pat.

The  crowd watched in  awe  as Mezzo  Soprano Emily Righter  performed  songs  she learned while working as a professional opera singer in Europe.  Through a two-part performance, Emily and  her  Pianist,  Frank  “Johnny”  Shütten,  captivated  more  than  200  people  at  the  inaugural Voices from the Heart fundraiser on Sept. 15.

Stifel Nicolaus and John and Peggy Moag were the Presenting Sponsors for the event, which raised more than $40,000 for the Franciscan Center.  Held at the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East, the picturesque room overlooked Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, giving event attendees a chance to see unique and beautiful views of the city.

Clarence M. Mitchell, IV, of The C4 Show on WBAL 1090 AM, emceed the event, and spoke about the tour he took of the Center.  He told the crowd that the Center is meeting the most basic of needs of people in the community.

“The  Franciscan Center to me is just  a  hidden jewel,”  he told the  crowd.  “I  did  not  know that this hidden jewel was doing all these things in this city and that’s why you have to support them.”

The  audience  also  heard  speeches  from  Sr.  Eileen  Quinn,  who  serves  on  the  Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Franciscan Center; Kim Gregory, Director of Food Services for the Franciscan Center; and Gregory Younger, a guest of the Franciscan Center who received services through the Technical Resource Center and Attire 4 Hire program.

Singer Emily Righter and Executive Director Christian Metzger.

Singer Emily Righter and Executive Director Christian Metzger.

The main  performance came  from Emily and  Johnny, who truly captivated the crowd with their talents.  Emily, a past volunteer of the Franciscan Center, recently finished her 2011-2012 season  at  the  Salzburger  Landestheater  in  Austria.    Johnny  is  well  versed  in  classical  piano, composing, and orchestra conducting.

A  big thank  you to  our  Presenting  Sponsors, Stifel Nicolaus  and John and Peggy Moag; our Mezzanine  Sponsors, Brown Advisory, St. Thomas More Society,  and Sage Policy;  our Balcony Sponsor, Liberty Property Trust; and our In-Kind Sponsors, Legg Mason, Maryland Piano, and Coastal Productions Studio.  The Franciscan Center would also like to  recognize the  event  committee  –  Chris  Brown,  Sr.  Ellen  Carr,  Matthew  Franke,  Jen  Grow,  Jennifer Lehman, Greg McGeehan, Christian Metzger,  Pat Monaghan, Mikey Monaghan, Wayne Ruth, and Kevin Wille.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success by donating their time, talent, and treasure! We look forward to next year!