Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530-3692

Phone: 620-792-1232  Fax: 620-792-1746  E-mail: sisters@ksdom.org

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Dominican Sisters win trophy for their Holiday Parade Message!

It was a cold Saturday after Thanksgiving in central Kansas, but that didn’t stop the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend from participating in the Holiday Parade for the second year in a row.

The theme of the city parade was “Grandma’s Kitchen.” As Sisters and employees met to plan their 2008 parade float, Sr Terry Wasinger issued a challenge: “Have a nativity on the float and we’ll bring the alpacas from Heartland Farm to walk along with the three Kings.”

And so, the work began. Sisters, employees, and Partners in Mission worked together to create the stable, signs, nativity costumes, and the scene of grandma’s kitchen on the other end of the float.

Motherhouse employee children portrayed the living nativity scene, complete with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, angels, shepherds, and a drummer boy; Sisters Corona Bayer, Amy McFrederick, and Jolene Geier portrayed “Grandmas” sitting in their rocking chairs and decorating a cake for baby Jesus. Sisters Annette Winter, Jane Belanger and Terry Wasinger portrayed the 3 Kings following along behind the float with their alpacas. The Barton County Historical Society loaned the Sisters an old antique stove for the float, Parr Sound and Lighting added spotlights and instrumental Christmas Music, and Wal-Mart donated candy for Sisters and employees to pass out along the way.

It was a fun event for everyone involved, but the effort seems to have paid off in other ways as well.  In addition to more than $200 in gift certificates, some of which have been donated to the local food bank, the Dominican Sisters’ float earned 1st place in the Church/Religious category, 2nd place for Float Theme, and a trophy for being Grand Marshal Best Float of the Parade!

“The greatest joy was hearing about the delight in the children’s faces as they got to participate, said Sr Renee Dreiling. “It was a great community-builder,” added Sr Elaine Osborne. “It was one of the most successful things that Sisters and employees have done together; not only successful, but also fun-filled and happy."