Friday January 4, 2019

Anthony House by Wellhouse Ministries to Present Annual Ball

Sponsors for Jan. 26 event include Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Burdick Drivers Village

    Anthony House by Wellhouse Ministries will be featuring its second annual fundraiser — the Black and White Masquerade Ball — at the American Foundry in Oswego on Saturday, Jan. 26.

    Last year’s event was a resounding success despite more than a foot of snow which descended on supporters. “Everyone who attended had a great time, so much so that the organizers have once again prepared a festive evening of great food and fun,” said Kateri Spinella, co-founder of Wellhouse Ministries.

    The signature event helps raise funds to build and operate Anthony House, a residential home for people with terminal illnesses. The home is for patients who need 24-hour care and have been deemed to be within the last three months of life by their physicians.

    There will be no cost to residents of Anthony House.

    The guest speaker at the ball will be Sister Kathleen Osbelt, founder of Francis House on Michaels Avenue in Syracuse.

    Francis House was opened in 1991 to provide a home for dying people in need of 24-hour care to stay in a safe and loving environment.

    Osbelt is the director of missions outreach at Francis House and is the liaison with other homes caring for people with terminal illnesses in Central New York and throughout the country.

    Osbelt and Nancy Light, executive director of Francis House, serve on the board of directors for Omega Home Network. It is a national membership organization that promotes the development and expansion of community homes for dying people.

    Guests will enjoy the popular sounds of the Billionaire$, a group of talented local musicians that will provide entertainment. Dinner will be masterfully prepared and skillfully served by the friendly staff at The American Foundry.

    A live auction will include a five-course dinner for six and a birthday party for up to 20 children at a local fire department. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 and lottery board raffles, and door prize giveaways throughout the night.

    Black-and-white attire and masks are required.  Participants also have the opportunity to surprise their family and friends at the just-for-fun “Reveal” and group photos.

    The event is sponsored by Burdick Drivers Village automotive megacenter, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. The dealership, which offers 21 different vehicle options, features a strong and committed sales staff that is available to work with customers to help make automotive decisions for their individual situations.

    Also sponsoring the event is the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Oswego County by providing grants to nonprofit organizations in hopes of creating a sustainable and vibrant community.

    To purchase tickets in advance, will-call is available on-line via its website: or at The Connection Point, downtown Oswego.

    A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Individual ticket prices are $60. Tickets can also be purchased in groups of eight for $420. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    For more information, contact Spinella at 315-992-4218 or