San Clemente Military Family Outreach

December 5, 2023 - Mary's Feast Celebration

December 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mary's Feast 2023

SCMFO’s the return of the Mary’s Feast Celebration held at the San Juan Hills Golf Club on December 5th was a heart-warming, joy-filled evening for those who were in attendance (approximately 120).   Not only was the enthusiasm off the charts “incredible’, but there seemed to have been a lot of pent-up energy around being able to participate and attend the event again.

Upon arrival and check in the guests were able to take a quick peak at the Silent Auction in progress…

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Many made their next stop to drop off their “gifts for the baby Jesus.”  These donations add to others given to SCMFO for the Moms-to-Be at SCMFO’s Annual Baby Shower in January.  The 50 ladies (give or take) represent many deserving military families on Camp Pendleton ranks E-6 and below.

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With a brief series of welcomes and introductions, one of the highlights of the evening was a retelling of the history Mary’s Feast by Event Chairperson, Chris McCann and a reminder  that the Mission of, and net revenue from, the celebration are directed towards support for the students and teachers at San Onofre School.


We shared a delicious meal together with friends, honoring military wives as our guests for the evening (whose dinner, travel and beverages were sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #3772, American Legion Auxiliary #291 and several generous individuals).  Dessert consisted of four awesome chocolates donated by Schwartz’s Chocolates.

Concurrently, the bidding on the 25 auction items continued – fun to watch people secret out to make a bid they hoped would gleam their possible new treasure.

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Another major highlight to this year’s event was the opportunity to have our military spouse guests introduce themselves and to hear several of them tell their stories; including how their lives and the lives of their families have been touched by SCMFO.


Unscheduled and dramatic the Exalted Ruler - Gabriel Flores and Sue of the SC Elk's Lodge - appeared and made a significant donation to SCMFO directed at the Mary’s Feast Celebrations Mission.


Mary's Feast 2023 We were also blessed by a performance by the San Clemente High School Madrigals.


In attendance at the event was Clergy from several churches in the community whom support this celebration.  Each of them provided a message, as included in our printed program, as well as offering prayers throughout the evening over the donated baby shower items, event attendees, the meal and our departure into the chilly evening. Mary's Feast 2023


I want to offer everyone who attended the event, sponsored, donated or was part of the planning team a personal huge thank you to each of you for making this Mary’s Feast the most impactful, emotional and rewarding event.  It is an honor and a blessing to be leading this event and I’d like to that the Team for their hard work, contributions and results:  Kathy Godbout,  Kathy Butler, Anjie Martinis, Katy Nichol, Anne Boicy,  Judy Franz, Laura Pephens and Karen Rottmann.

Chris McCann - 2023 Mary’s Feast Event Chairperson


For more pictures from Mary's Feast, please check out the Google Photo Album.



Knights of Columbus Stella Maris Council 3772 San Clemente CA Logo Elks Club California-Hawaii Logo Joey Johnson JJ Photography Logo American Legion Auxilliary Newport Harbor Unit 291 Logo Schmids Fine Chocolates of San Clemente Logo


Sponsors, Donors and Event Participants are listed here in alphabetical order.

 We are so very grateful for their support and on-going commitment:

Ageless Generations Auction Item Donation Kristin Korkunis Donations
American Legion Auxiliary #291 of Newport Harbor Sponsorship La Casa Verde Auction Item Donation
Amy Miska Ticket(s) Purchased Laith Cotta Donations
Anjie Martinis Ticket(s) Purchased Laura Casellas Ticket(s) Purchased
Ann Dougherty Ticket(s) Purchased Laura Pephens Auction Item Donation, Ticket(s) Purchased
Anne Boicy Auction Item Donations, Ticket(s) Purchased Laura Vigil and Betsy Milner Ticket(s) Purchased
Barbara Bell Donations Linda & Deacon Albert Scaduto Ticket(s) Purchased
Barbara Maroshek Ticket(s) Purchased Linda Gouldalves Winning Bidder
Bea Foster Ticket(s) Purchased Linda Moran Winning Bidder
Beach Fire Grille Auction Item Donation Linda Mosure Donations
Becky Mauger Ticket(s) Purchased Linda Young Donations
Billy's Meats Auction Item Donation Lisa Goodlad Ticket(s) Purchased
Bonnie Bauer Ticket(s) Purchased Los Rios Tea House Auction Item Donation
Brother Steve Davis, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Clergy Louise Gilliam Winning Bidder
Catherine Bingham Winning Bidder Marilynn Gushard Ticket(s) Purchased
Captain Mauri Auction Item Donation Marion & Steve Yerxa Ticket(s) Purchased
Carey Pendergast Ticket(s) Purchased Mark Henderson Sponsorship
Carlene  & Ed Chew, Sharon Miller Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder Mary ("Joey") Johnson - JJ Photography Sponsorship
Carmen Estrada Lovett Ticket(s) Purchased Mary Ann & Dan Vincent Donations, Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder
Carole Lindgren Ticket(s) Purchased Mary Jo Wade Ticket(s) Purchased
Chris & Sheryl Van Ruiten Sponsorship Mary Townsend Ticket(s) Purchased
Chris McCann Auction Item Donations, Sponsorship, Tickets Purchased Mary Tuton Ticket(s) Purchased
Cindy Lundquist Donations Maura Unruh Donations
Connie Keulen Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder Melanie Wilcox Ticket(s) Purchased
Connie Stratton & Katy Cutter Ticket(s) Purchased Metropolitan Theaters Auction Item Donation
Daisy & Jeff Howell Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bids Michelle Generaux Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder
Dannen & Dennis Pysz Ticket(s) Purchased Michelle Generaux
Dasiy Nueva Ticket(s) Purchased Betty Schleichek Auction Item Donation
Deanna Oakley Ticket(s) Purchased Nancy Brashear Ticket(s) Purchased
Dellamarie Bonomo Ticket(s) Purchased Nothing Bundt Cakes Auction Item Donation
DeNault's Hardware Auction Item Donation Oliver's Auction Item Donation
Denise Zolg Donations, Winning Bidder Ortega Horse stable Auction Item Donation
Dianne West, Patricia O'Blenes & Chelsea Bishop Ticket(s) Purchased Pamela Fetzer Ticket(s) Purchased
Eddie Horak & Kendra McInnes Ticket(s) Purchased Pastor Karl Stukenberg, Saint Andrew's by-the-Sea Clergy
Eileen Lodyga Ticket(s) Purchased Patricia Fish Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder
Ellyn & Jackie Galligher Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder Pauline Crabb Ticket(s) Purchased
Em & Tess on Del Mar Auction Item Donation Plant Depot Auction Item Donation
Eugena Sebastian Donations Rascals on Del Mar Auction Item Donation
Father Patrick Crerar, St. Clements By-the-Sea Clergy Reverand Juli Patten, Christ Lutheran Church Clergy
Father Scott Borgman, Our Lady of Fatima Clergy Russell Bell Donations
FKN Bread Auction Item Donation Salt Life on Del Mar Auction Item Donation
Gordon Weyland Donations Sam's Shoes Auction Item Donation
Hair Sculptor's Salon Auction Item Donation San Clemente Café Auction Item Donation
Isabel Neidl Ticket(s) Purchased Sandy Holmes Ticket(s) Purchased
Janet Prideaux Ticket(s) Purchased Sarah Davis Winning Bidder
JD Flannel Auction Item Donation Schmid's of SC Fine Chocolates Sponsorship
Jean Moore & Marian Fournier Ticket(s) Purchased Sharon Miller Winning Bidder
Judy & Norm Franz Auction Item Donation, Ticket(s) Purchased Nick's Auction Item Donation
Julie Krueger Ticket(s) Purchased Thai Juan On Auction Item Donation
Karen Rottmann Event Decorations, Ticket(s) Purchased The Elks Club of San Clemente Sponsorship
Katerine Brail Ticket(s) Purchased The Fisherman's at the SC Pier Auction Item Donation
Kathy & Tom Butler Auction Item Donation, Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bids The Stand Auction Item Donation
Kathy Godbout Auction Item Donation, Other  Donation, Tickets Purchased Tiger Lotus Auction Item Donation
Katie Nichol Ticket(s) Purchased Tina Inglish Ticket(s) Purchased
Kay Holmes Donations Vincie Bavario Ticket(s) Purchased, Winning Bidder
Kim Beaver Winning Bidder Wendy Smith Winning Bids
Knights of Columbus #3772 San Clemente Sponsorship William Leming Donations