Lourdes University hosted its annual, premier scholarship fundraising event, Luminations, on April 30, 2016 at the Franciscan Center. An audience of 500 guests gathered to celebrate higher education and raise funds for student scholarships. The event was hosted by Honorary Chair, the Makulinski Family Foundation and former Lourdes University President his wife Joan.

Luminations featured an exceptional silent auction with over 100 unique items donated by various local businesses and individuals in the community. As guests perused the silent auction, they enjoyed cocktails, a remarkable assortment of grazing stations and fine music provided by the Maxx Band.

Lourdes alumna Chrys Peterson was the emcee. The entertainment program performers included the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Symphony, local entertainer and vocalist, Kelly Broadway and performers from the Croswell Opera House.

Sponsorship, advertising, and silent auction donation opportunities are available. For more information, please call 419-824-3751 or email

We are excited to introduce Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek and her husband Frank to the Lourdes community for the April 29, 2017 Luminations event.