This page contains events from 2017.
Over 300 people attended Soupfest 2017 on Thursday, November 16th at St.Bernard Church Hall. The Catholic Communities of St. Bernard/St. Matthew Church, Rockville Church of the Nazarene, Colonial Point Christian Church of South Windsor, First Congregational Church of Vernon, and United Congregational Church of Tolland provided delicious soups for tasting. Rob Thomas provided great music. Many volunteers and donors contributed to the success of the night. A record $20,000 from donations, teacup raffle and the annual Cornerstone Raffle was raised.
The Cornerstone Foundation thanks all their supporters and those who helped make this event so successful.
Cornerstone Cares – Youth Center donation by Exchange Club of Rockville
The Clothing Bank Etc. successfully hosted their third annual prom event on April 1 and April 8, 2017. High school girls came to the "Prom Boutique" from various towns in CT to select a prom gown, shoes, purse, jewelry and new makeup at no cost. The purpose of this event was to help alleviate some of the expenses involved in going to their high school prom. Hopefully, we helped to make memories that will be cherished by those attending a special event in their lives. A young man came in and was fortunate to find a tux in his size. He was also lucky to receive a voucher donated by Wild Flowers of Tolland to have a corsage made up for his date. Heather Matthieu, owner and floral designer, donated five corsage vouchers that were won by raffle. The winners of the raffle can call Wild Flowers of Tolland to order their corsages, color coordinated with the girl’s gowns.
The young women had a great time trying on various gowns and shoes enabling them to decide which dress to wear to the prom. Unexpectedly God sent us a volunteer seamstress, Sharon Kloter, who spent both days fitting and altering the chosen gowns. She wanted to donate her time and skills to make any alterations necessary to the girl’s gowns. She also hemmed the young man’s trousers. Sharon was a wonderful godsend!
Mary Kay beauty consultants, Megan Ross and Amy Jones, donated their time and talents to teach the girls how to put on their makeup. They helped the girls choose colors to suit their skin tone and demonstrated how to apply makeup. Additionally, all sorts of makeup were made available at no charge.
Our refreshment table was well stocked for all to enjoy while in our waiting area or following their shopping spree.
Clothing Bank Etc. has a wonderful group of volunteers. With generous spirit, passion, creative talents and ambition, it allows us to extend ourselves to do more to help our community. We will be holding a free back pack and school supplies give away in August and will be setting up the Christmas Corner again in December where everything is available at no cost.
I want to thank the people and organizations from all over who donated to our Prom event and to also commend those who helped get the word out to the high school girls with the necessary information. Everyone was as excited as we were to help the girls realize their prom dream. Seeing the excitement in the young ladies' faces and knowing that they had a good time made this event special to us. Their enthusiasm and kind words showed us just how much they appreciated it. We look forward to hosting the prom event again in the spring of 2018.
However, if there is still a need for a prom ensemble this year, you may call 860-798-5026 for an appointment. Without the kind donations and the wonderful support from the various communities, none of these events would be possible.
A big thank you to everyone!
Clothing Bank Etc. Director
Cornerstone Cares – Opening and Dedication of Cornerstone Clairvaux House
The house has been owned by the church for 34 years and has served many purposes over the years with the most recent being the St. Bernard Preschool. After the preschool was moved to the school building behind the church, it left the house vacant.
Helen Syriac was frustrated three years ago when she was unable to help a homeless mother and her children. After pondering the situation she thought to contact St. Bernard Church about the house; and after a lot of updating to town specifications, money and work, the house is now ready.