True Friends Make Celebration a Success

Posted on: December 8, 2021 | Categories: Events, inspired | Featured in the December 2021 issue of Inspired

Over 200 “devices” joined the virtual 40th Annual True Friend Celebration: Traveling Route LSSI on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 that raised $200,000 for LSSI’s Foster Care program. Additionally, over 100 people attended small, in-person gatherings in Carbondale, Downers Grove, Geneseo, Glenview, and Rockford.

The True Friend Award was presented to Bev Moody and honored the life of Dick Moody. “It is really a privilege and an honor to be recognized as a true friend of this fantastic, efficient organization that serves so many people in need,” Moody said. “LSSI answers the Gospel direction, ‘Love one another.’”

The keynote speaker was a conversation with travel writer and television personality Rick Steves, “Travel as a Spiritual Act,” moderated by Pr. Peter Marty, editor of The Christian Century. Other offerings included Illinois state trivia hosted by Pr. Brian Wise, and live and online auctions. Special thanks to The Women’s Network of LSSI and those who hosted gatherings.

To see photos and videos from the event, as well as a list of sponsors, visit