Past Events

Winter Coat Drive

Thank you to all who donated winter wear items and funds during our drive to support families in need. All donations will be delivered to the Johnson partnership.

School Supply Drive

One of our Mission Outreach events recently was our school supply drive.  We received generous donations of over 400 dollars and 500 plus school items and delivered them to the Johnston Partnership for local students in need. 

African Cultural Event

Asian Cultural Event

Bosnian Cultural Event

Art in the Park Festival…inside McAuley Terrace (Arts & Crafts, Food, Wine and Music)

Blessing of the Pets

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center Fair

Blood Drive

Meals from the Heartland

Staff and residents volunteered to pack meals for needy families.  In 2 hours, we put together 972 packages of food that will feed over 5,800 people. 

Pancake Breakfast

We had a Pancake Breakfast on May 2, 2019 to support Alzheimer’s Association in Des Moines.  All funds raised went to the association.


Our Bishop Drumm 2019 Mercy Award Winners

Rookie of the Year: Dmitry Reus
Reverence: Grace Miranda ; Samira Mujkanovic
Spirit of Mercy: Sister Shiji Mattakal
Integrity: Abe Koech  (Not pictured)
Compassion: Mirsada Jupic (Not pictured)
Excellence: Rose Sparks,  Emily West

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organizations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. Every October, the color pink shows up in full force and Bishop Drumm staff joined in and had a "wear pink" day to support this cause; early detection and to find a cure for breast cancer!

Saint Francis of Assisi Feast Day

On October 4, people all over the world celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It's customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the “Blessing of the Animals.” In honor of that, Bishop Drumm held a Blessing of the Pets led by Father Tom DeCarlo. He blessed many pets (cats and dogs) that came for the special event. There were many smiles from residents, family, staff and dog lovers of course.

Assisted Living Week

Martina Place celebrating Assisted Living Week with a great event. We had wine and cheese and horse and carriage rides for residents, family, and friends. Jim the owner and driver along with Digger and Trigger gave rides to all who wanted a ride. Plenty of smiles were seen as it was a great experience and a beautiful early fall day.

Alzheimer’s Walk 2018

Bishop Drumm supports the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Walk with staff attending the event at the Des Moines State Capital. 

Iowa-Iowa State Interstate Rival Tailgating Party

Both Iowa and Iowa State staff and residents wore their favorite school colors and cheered for their team. Staff dressed up as well in their favorite school colors and cheered and waved the school flag with residents at each building. It was fun to see so many smiles and cheers from our residents.


We had a packed house for the fair on August 7. There was painting, candy jar guessing games, cow chip throwing, talent show, animals, food, crafts, veggie table and a pie eating contest. What a fun time for all; young and older.


Ice Cream Social/School Supply Drive

The Outside Scoop brought their pink truck to serve 6 gourmet flavors of ice cream. We served over 200 scoops. We also received school supply donations to fill our bus. Donations will go to our local schools. Everyone had fun eating their favorite flavor ice cream and listening to Royce play guitar and sing some favorite tunes. We thank all those who helped make this event a success!

Skilled Reunion Luncheon

We enjoyed having some of our recent skilled therapy patients back at Bishop Drumm. We wanted to celebrate their success in returning home and to keep our relationships going. All were doing well as we caught up while enjoying lunch. Here are a few of the residents and staff members that attended the luncheon. It was nice to see everyone! Thanks’ to our team members for making them feel welcome!

Pie Throwing Event

In support of the Alzheimer's Association, we held our 2nd annual Pie Throwing Event. We earned over $500. We thank all those who donated and made this a successful event.  Also, thank our good sports who received a pie in the face!  All for a great cause!

What's Going On Here Event

This event was held at the Care Center and introduced our team. We talked about their role, vision, and programs going on at the Care Center.

Pictured (L-R) are: Dr. Scott Hanson, Megan O’Connor (Nurse Practitioner), Lisa Metten (Director of Nursing) and Adam Braden (Care Center Administrator). 

Wine and Paint Event

This event was held at McAuley Terrace- our Independent building. Please enjoy a few photos below from our event. 


Martina Place at Bishop Drumm celebrated their 20 year anniversary in October

Staff photo was taken in front of the wall picture of Sister Martina.  Pictured staff (L-R) from Bishop Drumm/Martina Place are: Brenda R,, Brenda B., Mary Jo, Jodi, Sara, Heather, & Lori. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Des Moines State Capital

The Bishop Drumm Team participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year

Jammin in Johnston Business Fair

Pictured is our IL-AL Director Brenda Ballard

Putt-Putt Event

We had a Putt-Putt 9 Hole Event at McAuley Terrace on the Bishop Drumm campus to support and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.  With the support of our sponsors and donations from those playing, we raised $1050 for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Pie Throwing Contest to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Our victims of the Pie Throwing Event (those who earned the most donations) were management; Heather (Executive Director), April (Director of Mission Integration/Chaplan), and Todd (Maintenance Manager). What a deal! They were real sports allowing the pie to be thrown at their faces. In addition, Pat (at left...a resident's family member) participated by throwing one and also receiving one too. In the middle is Danielle from the Alzheimer's Association who attended to support us in our event to help raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. A lot of fun and in support the Association.

Fair- King Christian and Queen Rose

Our king and queen (from Bishop Drumm Care Center) were crowned at our annual fair held on August 8th.  Christian (101 yrs. old) and Rose (103 yrs. old). They are our longest living residents! Congratulations to Christian and Rose!

The following are other photos taken on the fun day at the Bishop Drumm Fair!