The 2nd Annual Wedding Celebration

On February 13th, 2010, the Catholic Daughters teamed up with the Knights of Columbus to put on their 2nd Annual “Wedding Celebration.” Guests were treated to a night of mingling, dinner, and dancing just as they would at a wedding reception – complete with a surprise bride and groom!
Prendergast hall was transformed, thanks to our returning sponsors, Cathy and Tomas at Celebrity Weddings, who provided chaircovers, table linens and gorgeous candelabra centerpieces for each table. Many thanks to Catholic Daughters, Rebecca Kelly, Marie Mixon, Claire Rerucha Lake, Dee Sanford, Melissa Hiatt, Millie Maraia, Diana Garra, Rosa Caeti and Debbie Crutchfield who helped decorate and prepare food for the event.
The bride and groom (a married couple) were chosen at random from a bucket of entries. The lucky couple, John and Sue Campion, won a 2-night stay at Barona Valley Ranch and Casino with dinner for 2 at their Italian restaurant. They selected Van and Rita Fritzenkotter and John and Georgene Kruzel to be at their side as their wedding party.
The evening started with a cocktail reception where guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres partially provided by Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market on Campo Road. Our bartender, Leo McGarry, from the Knights of Columbus kept the mood lively, serving up beer, wine, sodas, specialty drinks.
Throughout the evening, events were being documented by Tony Amat of AR Event Photography. A dinner buffet was coordinated and prepared by Brother Knight, Sam Caeti and Catholic Daughter, Melissa Hiatt and their team of helpers in the kitchen. A gracious donation of salads and breadsticks were provided by Pat & Oscar’s Plaza Bonita Mall .
For dessert, guests were treated to a delicious Red Velvet cake donated by Grove Pastry Shop in Lemon Grove.
The Columbian Squires assisted in clearing plates from the table and the Catholic Daughters clean-up crew consisted of Melinda Bauers, Claire Rerucha Lake, Lou Turner, Chris Murphy and Dee Sanford.
The evening would not be complete without the DJ and Masters of Ceremonies, Thom Hiatt, who kept the night going, announcing the wedding party, giving away door prizes, and making sure that events happened on time.
Below are some photo highlights of the event:

Many Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors:

Our wonderful friends at Celebrity Weddings have once again generously donated the use of their professional-grade chair covers, table linens, charger plates and other decorations. Please call Cathy at 619-804-3959 when planning your next special event, anniversary, or corporate party or visit

Tony Amat Event Photography
Pat & Oscars
Grove Pastry Shop & Custom Cakery width=
Here Comes the Bride
Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market
Benjamin's Bargains

9912 Campo Road, Spring Valley
Casa Blanca Flowers

9711-9729 Campo Road, Spring Valley

Cali Comfort Restaurant & Sports Bar

Casa de Oro Haircutter

Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce

Premier Designs by Rita Fritzenkotter

Mt. Helix Florist

Beauty & Wellness Day Spa

Santa Sophia Catholic Church

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