Giving back with bocce: 12th Annual Bocce with the Brothers to benefit Capuchin Ministries hosting a night on the bocce court for a great cause with live entertainment, food and auction all to raise funds for the Capuchins

DETROIT – The 12th Annual Bocce with the Brothers is returning for a night of giving back to the Capuchin friars and their programs, including the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, on Friday, March 22 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights beginning at 5:30 p.m. Generously hosted and sponsored by, southeast Michigan’s premier provider of shelving and storage solutions, all proceeds from the event directly support the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Solanus Casey Center and Capuchin Retreat, each serving the spiritual and material needs of metro Detroiters. Shelving Inc. President Michael Schodowski chairs the event and over 400 guests attended last year. Tickets and details at

“Our team at is committed to supporting our community, and it is such an honor to host this evening benefiting the Capuchin Ministries and its remarkable work for those in need,” said Schodowski. “Bocce with the Brothers is a very special night raising funds for an extraordinary organization that has served hundreds of thousands in our city for over 140 years.”

Tickets are available for $75 per person and must be purchased in advance. The night includes an amazing buffet dinner, beer, and wine. On the Rise Bakery Café, a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, will provide desserts. Guests will enjoy unlimited bocce, entertainment from performers like the Gary Greenfelder Orchestra, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir, and DJ Frank Krause from Uptown Sound, and a cigar tent will be onsite. Capuchin friars will be in attendance to play bocce ball and visit with guests. The live and silent auction features curated experiences in sports and travel, unique gifts and so much more.

Capuchin Ministries programs include the beloved Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which includes an after-school program for Detroit children and youth, a treatment center for people with substance use disorders, and Earthworks Urban Farm, a 1.25-acre certified organic farm and greenhouse located on the east side of Detroit. The Capuchin friars attend simply and directly to spiritual and other basic human needs, especially those of people experiencing poverty, to promote justice for all. Other ministries include the Solanus Casey Center, serving as an urban oasis and spirituality center drawing over 110,000 visitors each year and Capuchin Retreat, a retreat and spirituality center located on 95 wooded acres in northern Macomb County.

“We are grateful for the generosity of and all of the guests, partners and volunteers who make Bocce with the Brothers possible every year,” said Fr. Mark Joseph Costello of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. “The need in our Detroit community continues to grow and we are deeply devoted to serving thousands of families and individuals in need, and are very appreciative of so many who help to support our mission of helping others.”

Sponsorship and program advertising opportunities for Bocce with the Brothers are available and 100 percent of proceeds go directly toward supporting Capuchin Ministries. Visit for tickets, exciting details and ways to support the Capuchins.

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