Our eighth annual “Evening in the Loyola Prayer Gardens” fundraiser was held on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  This year’s event brought together over three-hundred supporters and raised over $60,000 to help us continue our mission of providing one-of-a-kind retreat experiences and spiritually-enriching programs to the community.

The evening included cocktails and an elaborate array of culinary offerings from our Executive Chef John Lucchese. Guests enjoyed live music by the award-winning Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey under the direction of Maestro Robert W. Butts. Thomas Dugan of Jackson, NJ won the top prize in our Super 50/50 raffle! Congratulations to Thomas and all of our other raffle winners!  Click here to see the winning ticket numbers.  

The following sponsors were recognized during the evening’s festivities for their financial support: 

Gold Sponsor
Frank and Marianne Diassi

Bronze Sponsors
Frederick Bender

Beverly Delleart
Martin Gutowski
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
Therese Mierswa
Cristina Pamaar
Judy Schiavo

Friends of Loyola Sponsors
Timothy J. Brunnock, Esq.

Michael Casey
Andrew Coll
Harvey Homan
William and Mary Joyce
Charles Kelchner, Sr.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
Richard Otterbein
Nancy Singer

“We are truly blessed. The generosity of our friends is absolutely amazing. The support of all of our sponsors and the dedication of our Jesuit and lay staff, Board of Trustees and volunteers is what makes this event such a success,” said Renee Owens, Director of the Work.  “These financial gifts allow Loyola to provide meaningful spiritual retreats and experiences for people from all walks of life and all faiths and they secure the Center’s vitality for future generations.”

While many Tri-state area retreat centers have closed because of difficult financial times, Loyola has continued to flourish and has provided retreats for thousands of people since opening its doors in 1927.  Loyola is currently the only Jesuit retreat center operating in the NJ/NY Metropolitan area. 


We thank God first and foremost for giving us a beautiful evening and a wonderful turnout. 

All of our Garden Event Sponsors for their generous support!  

Maestro Robert W. Butts and The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ) for playing such heavenly music!  For more information about the orchestra click here.  

Frank and Marianne Diassi for restoring and maintaining our beautiful gardens in loving memory of Mr. Diassi’s father, Frank Diassi, Sr., who was the original groundskeeper of the estate. 

The Singer Family for their generous gift of the beautiful sunken garden wall surrounding the Christ statue. It has been dedicated to the sanctity of all human life, especially the unborn.

Jeff Simon, our Board facility chairman, for all the time he has dedicated to the many renovations projects currently going on at Loyola.  

Our Executive Chef John Lucchese and our kitchen staff for wonderful food and service. 

The maintenance staff and our Garden Ministry volunteers, especially Tom and Beverly Delleart, for making the gardens beautiful for our guests. 

Suzie Moran, interior designer of Greenfield Grange, Inc. in Morristown, for designing and decorating our mansion so beautifully.  Suzie has not only generously donated her decorating services, but also many of the chandeliers and furnishings in the mansion.  And a special thank you to her assistant, Kristine Altman, who has been by her side every step of the way. 

All those who participated in the Super 50/50 Raffle drawing!  

All of the attendees for coming to our event!  

Our Board Members for their support of our event!

The Loyola staff, Jesuits and volunteers for all of their hard work putting this event together.  

Photos from our 2019 Garden Event