Betty O’Neill-Roderick

Weymouth Country Club in Medina was awash in Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold for the ninth annual Faith in Action “Fat Tuesday and All That Jazz” Tuesday evening. Lori Minor chaired the benefit, Chrissy Kacirek greeted guests and Jean Bertrand made sure everyone purchased tickets for raffles and games.

Executive Director Deb Poland said Faith in Action is a volunteer organization that provides assistance to seniors, helping with shopping and errands, transportation to doctor’s visits, light housekeeping, letter writing and companionship.

In a large white tent, the Rev. Elizabeth Howell gave psychic readings, the Frankie Starr Band entertained with Mardi Gras music, Toby Kemsuzian and Gina Hass sold chances on the basket raffle, and Deb Lougheed offered chances on a reverse raffle.

Chefs were set up around the room with soups. Tony Stanislo of the Medina County Career Center Café brought students Derrek Calta, Matt Roden, Amy Kenyon and Austin Hodges to help serve reuben soup.

It was a family affair at the Old Schoolhouse Catering booth where Corey, Tim and James Chaplin served Italian wedding soup and cream of broccoli soup; nearby Ed Pfaffel and his son Edward of GridirneCookery offered a BBQ pig roast.

Judges Michael Kudla, Joyce Giles, Laura Toth and Chrissy Crawford tasted every soup before making their decision. Guests gave the Peoples Choice Award to Dean Carrino of Dominic’s Pizza. Sampling soup were Barb Guzoski, Rich and Lauree Bandelow, Joan Heller, Mike Kovack, Judy Cross, Janice Kopec, Maureen Cook, Lois Buchanan and Barbara Kennedy.

Several guests were “invited” to spend time in a makeshift jail until friends bailed them out. Board President Al Morrison said his offense was “talking too much,” while Tony Stanislo was jailed for “beating eggs.” Mark Jarvis performed card tricks much to the delight of Alec Gerspavaker and Liam Tokarsky.

Eight-year-old Taylor Puchmeyer was appropriately attired with beads and a mask as she enjoyed the event with her grandparents Dave and Cindy Peters. Lee Bertrand said his wife gave him his striking mask.

Emcee Carey Coleman announced the winners: The Medina County Career Center Café won first place; Bob Sutton and Bullies BBQ came in second with chicken paprikash soup; and Mark Haddad was third with his Champagne Oscar soup. Haddad confided he just came up with the recipe last weekend.