Annual Dinner & Auction
Thanksgiving Tuesday

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Interested in becoming a Special Event Sponsor? Contact The Franciscan Center at (260) 744-3977 to discuss this wonderful opportunity!


Franciscan Center Special Events


15th Annual Dinner & Auction

Our annual Dinner/Auction event is our largest source of operating support for the year, and we ask for your help to make this year a success by supporting the auction with a company or personal sponsorship, or a donation for our live or silent auctions.

For tickets, please call our office at 744-3977
or purchase online here!

Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Franciscan Center's 15th Annual Dinner Auction

Most auction items can been viewed on our AUCTION WEBSITE!

Ceruti's 6601 Innovation Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Silent Auction and Cocktails start at 5:30pm, Dinner at 7pm, Complimentary Bar


Seating is limited to 300 guests.

For more information call: (260) 744-3977 or download our Dinner Auction pamphlet.

The Franciscan Center in Need of 1,800 Turkeys by Tuesday, November 21

Tony Ley, Executive Director

1,700+ distributed last November at Annual "Turkey Tuesday"

Fort Wayne — November 15, 2016 —The Franciscan Center announces today that it expects to again provide over 1,700 turkeys to clients on its annual "Turkey Tuesday", the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that its Food Pantry is open on November 22.

At its start, Turkey Tuesday was just another service day at the Franciscan Center, distributing about 30 turkeys. The effort has grown into an event of it's own over the past 17 years: "our largest usage day for our Food Pantry is always the Tuesday before Thanksgiving," explains Tony Ley, executive director of The Franciscan Center. "We quadruple our weekly service numbers in one day. Men, women, and children will line up around the building at 4:30 a.m. in the cold of late November even though we do not open for distribution until 9:00 a.m."

This event is community-driven, and the Franciscan Center relies on donations from the community to make this annual event a reality. So, to help meet this need, the Franciscan Center is asking for your donation of a turkey… or two.

"For my family," explains Sally Ley, founder of the Franciscan Center, "memories of Thanksgiving often focus on family and friends gathered around the dinner table, enjoying the wonderful feast prepared them. For many of our clients, this is more of a dream than a reality."

Those wanting to help with Turkey Tuesday have two options: drop off turkeys or donate $14 for the organization to work with area partners and purchase a turkey. "We need nearly the equivalent of $25,000-worth of turkeys to meet our expected need," stresses Tony. "A gift of $140 will help purchase 10 turkeys; $1,400 will fund 100 turkeys. Please think of us as you start shopping this weekend for your own Thanksgiving celebration and consider purchasing a 2nd turkey for someone else's family table."

The organization has already received 200 turkeys donated by Tom Didier Meats; drop off sites for the remaining need of turkeys and donations are the following:

  1. Their main offices at 1015 E Maple Grove Avenue from 9a – 4p M-F and 8a – 11a on Saturday.
  2. Their Family Thrift Store at 925 E Coliseum between Parnell and Clinton streets from 9a – 8p M-F and 9a – 6p on Saturday.

Visit these sites; contact the Franciscan Center at 260-744-3977; send your check to 1015 E Maple Grove Ave, Fort Wayne, 46806; or visit our website at to make an online donation, and help make a holiday for others on November 22.

For more information please contact Tony Ley at 260-710-3985.

turkey tuesday at the franciscan center fort wayne

The Franciscan Center founded in 1989, is a local non-profit serving the impoverished in our community through their food bank, medicine cabinet and sack lunch programs. Last year, they served 74,000 families through their three relief programs and are dedicated to "meeting people where they're at". The Center also operates the Franciscan Center Family Thrift Store, at 925 E Coliseum Blvd. Please contact The Franciscan Center at 260-744-3977 for more information or visit their website at

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We need your help with the Dinner Auction!

There are two primary ways that you can help with The Franciscan Center Dinner Auction. The first being either an Event, Table, or Program Sponsor. These are one time donations for The Franciscan Center. The second would be simply donating items for The Franciscan Center Dinner Auction. We appreciate any and all donations, and those donations will be tax deductible.

Help to make this year a success by supporting the auction with a company or personal sponsorship, or a donation for our live or silent auctions.

- $5,000
- Name in The Franciscan Center Dinner Auction title
- Banner above projector screen at auction
- Advertisements at bars at the auction
- Recognition on Franciscan Center Website
- Recognition on Franciscan Center Facebook page
- Full page ad in program

- $1,000
- Name/logo included on cover page of program
- Company logo on projector screen at auction
- Table Plaque on table of preferred seating
- Full page ad in program

- $500
- Half Page ad in program

- $250
- Quarter Page ad in program

- $100
- Slither ad in program


Why the Franciscan Center needs your assistance

The Franciscan Center is 100% donor supported... 100% of our funding is from available grants, private donations, and corporate sponsors. The importance of The Franciscan Center’s Annual Dinner Auction is an incredibly significant amount of the annual budget and operating costs.

Nearly 40%.

It is because of the generous donations from businesses and individuals in the community that The Franciscan Center is able to continue to serve the needy in the same community. The Franciscan Center truly appreciates your donated time, talent and treasure.


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