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Join us for a memorable evening in support of the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

100% of the funds raised will be sent to the Polish Dominican Friars, through the Western Dominican Province a 501(c)3 charity, who are on the front lines providing shelter, food, and medical care to Ukrainian refugees entering Poland.

Date

Saturday, October 1
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Place

Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Amy Wright’s private residence — Indianapolis

Attire

Evening cocktail

Beneficiary

100% of the funds raised will be sent to the Polish Dominican Friars, through the Western Dominican Province a 501(c)3 charity, which is on the front lines of providing shelter, food, and medical care to Ukrainian refugees entering Poland.

Cost

$1,500 per person; $2,500 per couple.

The donation is tax-deductible. The Province of the Holy Name, Inc. (dba the Western Dominican Province) is recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a public charity under section 170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Federal Tax ID #: 94-6081023

Dominican Friars
Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
dba Western Dominican Province
5877 Birch Court, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 658-8722

Program

5:30 p.m. – Cocktails and authentic Ukrainian hors d’oeuvres and small plates

6:50 p.m. – Opening comments from event emcee Scot Pollard

7:00 p.m. – Performance by Indiana’s own Don Farrell and Terry Woods followed by Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s presentation of Ukrainian dance

7:15 p.m. – Special presentation by the Polish Dominican Friars

7:30 p.m. – Introductions to special Ukrainian guests
7:40 p.m. – Live auction

8:00 p.m. – Surprise celebrity video performance

8:10 p.m. – Concert by special guest performer Franc D’Ambrosio

9:00 p.m. – Conclusion of program

Learn More

The Hosts for the Evening

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Franc D’Ambrosio

The Hosts for the Evening

Franc D’Ambrosio, Cavaliere O.S.I.

Best-known for the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, Franc D’Ambrosio played the famed masked man more than 2,100 times, holding the title of “The World’s Longest-Running Phantom” for more than a decade.

D’Ambrosio lived and studied with famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti in the summer of 1991.

His outstanding work in Broadway musicals, opera, film and television, coupled with extensive philanthropic contributions, earned him the Cannes Film Festival’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2018. In February 2020, D’Ambrosio was knighted by the President of Italy with the title “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia”, the highest honor the Italian government can bestow on a foreigner.

Read the article: Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael Proudly Presents: Franc D’Ambrosio and Stephanie Lynne Smith

THE HOSTS FOR THE EVENING

The Hosts for the Evening

Stephanie Lynne Smith

Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, Stephanie Lynne Smith holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1998), and a Master of Music in Chamber Music Performance degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2001).

 

Ms. Smith has toured with legendary Broadway singer/actor Franc D’Ambrosio since 2012, serving as Mr. D’Ambrosio’s collaborator, musical director and pianist for his critically-acclaimed one-man shows in venues throughout the United States.

Program participants

Key presenters

 

Indiana Ballet Conservatory

Enjoy beautiful Ukrainian dance performed by unforgettable ballet dancers from  Indiana Ballet Conservatory

Local Esteemed Performers

Performance by Indiana’s own Don Farrell and Terry Woods. Read the bios.

Polish Dominican Friars

Special presentation by the Polish Dominican Friars

From the Front Lines

Learn how 100% of your gift will help ease the immense human suffering caused by the war in Ukraine

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Responding to a Crisis

What we do

Responding to a Crisis

Our Polish Dominican brothers are working tirelessly to provide food, clothes, medical care, and housing in their priories for refugees streaming across the border from Ukraine. Already, the surge of 1.45 million refugees has become the largest migration of people in Europe since WWII (WSJ, 2022).

Our Dominican brothers in Ukraine are also at work providing food and medical supplies to Ukrainians who remain in their homeland, desperately searching for ways to help those trapped.

Money donated will be collected by the Western Dominican Province, then 100% of the funds will be transferred to the Polish Dominican Province, which is administering funds for the care of refugees streaming across the border.

Responding to a Crisis

WHO WE ARE

Who are the Dominicans?

For 800 years the mission of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Friars) has been to proclaim the Gospel to every corner of the world. We do this for one simple reason: that every soul may know their inherent dignity, and come to know and love Jesus Christ.

Today, the Order of Preachers spans the entire globe, divided into different regions known as provinces. This fundraiser is sponsored through the Western Dominican Province, which provides a variety of services and ministries throughout the Western United States.

The Dominicans in the West have a close relationship with the Polish Dominican province. Their student brothers study at our school in Berkeley and their friars faithfully serve in our ministries. We are blessed to have a trusted connection to a community of people on the front lines of helping Ukrainian refugees. Your donation is deeply appreciated as we work to help end this needless human suffering.

Sponsors

Our sponsors

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volunteers

Our volunteers

Find out more about this evening’s volunteers

Teri Uhrig
Valentyna Osinnia
Jennifer Larsen
Jay Larsen

Planning committee members

Janelle Morrison

Head writer, Carmel Monthly Magazine & Zionsville Monthly Magazine

Lena Lucas

Publisher, Carmel Monthly Magazine & Zionsville Monthly Magazine

Neil Lucas

Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Carmel Monthly and Zionsville Monthly magazines

Amy Wright

Amy Wright

Partner, Taft Law

Ryan Wright

The Law Offices of Ryan Scott Wright

Neal Burnett

Executive Vice President, Midwest Constructors

Karen Brabender

President, Midwest Constructors

Bryan Fegley

Senior Director Of Advancement at Dominican Friars – Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Jeanne Martin

Jeanne Martin

Manager/Agent for Franc D’Ambrosio

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