Hospice Foundation

Honoring Mary Osmanski Ferlic

On May 2, 2012 we honored the late Mary Osmanski Ferlic with the 28th Helping Hands award. With her boundless enthusiasm, vibrant personality and ever-present smile, she instantly lit up every room she entered.  And though her passing last spring from breast cancer left a hole in our collective hearts, her legacy of service to others lives on.

This year’s Helping Hands Award Dinner, chaired by Carmi and Chris Murphy, was a tribute to her passion, charisma and charm – a fitting remembrance of the woman who loved the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. During her life, Mary filled many starring roles – delightful entertainer, competitive athlete, motivational educator, loyal friend – with irrepressible exuberance.

And above all, she was a wonderful mom – the role in which she was incredibly dedicated.

We are especially grateful to Mary for helping bring what became Center for Hospice Care to our community, even organizing one of our most memorable and successful fundraisers, a 1985 gala “re-premiere” of the 1940 film, “Knute Rockne, All–American.”

Mary was a dynamic, powerful spirit who touched all who knew her, a star whose radiant presence still helps light the way in making our community – and ourselves – better.

This year's gala event far exceeded our expectations. The community that Mary strived to help was more than generous with their support. Our thanks go to the Murphy’s and their stellar dinner committee for all they did in arrangeing what was one of our most memorable Helping Hands Dinners ever. 

If you would still like to make a donation in memory of Mary, please visit our donation page. Please mark in the Comments section that your donation is in memory of Mary.

Committee Chairs

Carmi and Chris Murphy

Dinner Committee Members

Zoreen and Rafat Ansari* Mari Jo and Ted Halbritter Carmen and Lou Nanni*
Billie and Dave Bankoff* Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. Mary and Phil Newbold
Lou Behre* Catherine and John Hiler Mary Pat and Dick Nussbaum
JoAnn and Joe Blazek Chris and Jim Kelly Patty O'Hara
Jeannelle and Brian Brady Lisa Kelly** Ernie Raclin
Pat and Gene Cavanaugh* Maggie and Joe Kernan* Cyndy Searfoss**
Linda Costas and Digger Phelps Patty and Glenn Killoren Chris and Jim Sieradzki
Pat and Don Cressy* Ann Rathburn-Lacopo and Frank Lacopo Kathleen and David Sparks
Art Decio Ginger and Brian Lake* Mary Jane and Bill Stanley
Beth Ferlic and Nate Lazenga** Karen and Mike Leep Joyce and Dick Stifel*
Gavin Ferlic** Alice and Rex Martin Joey and Kurt Stiver*
Jody and Mike Freid Cindy Miller Mike Wargo**
Ruth and George Friend* Carol Mooney and George Efta Jane Warner
Judy and Larry Garatoni    

* Steering Committee
** Consultant

Thank You to our Sponsors

Executive Producers:

Art Decio Ferlic/Osmanski Families  


1st Source Foundation NIBCO Ernestine Raclin


Burkhart Advertising/Miller Family

Michiana Hematology Oncology

The Strefling Foundation

Grubb & Ellis | Cressy & Everett
    and Cressy & Everett Realtors

Anna and Sam Milligan The Foundation for Saint Joseph
   Regional Medical Center
Robert J. Hiler Family Foundation Carmi and Chris Murphy Tire Rack
Judy and Larry Garatoni South Bend Medical Foundation University of Notre Dame -
   Public Affairs and Communications
KADA/Kathleen and David Sparks South Bend Orthopaedics Jane Warner
Memorial Hospital of South Bend Joey and Kurt Stiver  


Alick's Home Medical Sarah and Chris Chocola Phair Family
Ansari Family Charitable Trust Chris and Jim Kelly Quality Dining
Jo Ann and Joe Blazek John W. Jordan II Ida and Perry Watson
Jeannelle and Brian Brady Mary and Phil Newbold  


Ann and Spike Abernethy Patty and Tom Gryp Stacey and Terry Rodino
Nancy and Peter Baranay Marcia and Michael Hammes Kathryn Shields
Billie and Dave Bankoff Jamie and Jeff Helman David Sieradzki
Ann and Rob Bartels Pam and Gordy Johnson Mary Jane and Bill Stanley
Kathy Beeler and Brian Regan Marijo and Kevin Kelly Joyce and Dick Stifel
Century Custom Builders Pat and Bob Kill Dot Wiekamp
Ann and Fred Dean Mary Ellen Mulcahy Robert Zimmerman
Linda and Bipin Doshi Jeannine Oren