Title Sponsors Michael and Suzanne Shaw (as represented by their photos on a stick) and guests.
SUBMITTED BY KATHLEEN HOGAN
Bob Flynn, SMA board of trustees chair and his wife, Kathy Walsh.
St. Mary’s Academy parents, faculty, and friends joined the SMA Board of Trustees April 27 at St. Mary’s Academy annual Gala, “Havana Nights.” The annual event was held at CU South Denver and raised more than $250,000. The proceeds from this event benefit the SMA Tuition Assistance Fund. During the current 2017-2018 academic year, more than 30 percent of St. Mary’s Academy students benefited from tuition assistance. A special appeal raised money for STEM program resources and faculty professional development.
Father Marty Lally, Vicki Schwartz SL, Mary Ellen McElroy SL, Sharon Gayley, Lydia Pena SL, Kathryn McNamee, Mary Lynn Rockwell
The Havana Nights Title Sponsor was Mike Shaw Subaru. Other sponsors attending included Board Chair Bob Flynn and Kathy Walsh Flynn, LaFawn Biddle, daughter Barbara Biddle Galoob ’78 and Bruce Galoob, Vanessa Kieling, Victor and Amy Mitchell, and Jim and Stacy Rechtin. Other people in attendance included Bill Barrett, St. Mary’s Academy president and Jennifer Millet-Barrett, Brook and Brian Griese, Dave and Anne Grant, Brian Brieske and Robin Ricketts, J Madden and Linda Poletti, Rick and Marlo Wagner, Zach and Melissa Holland and Diana Rael.
As the program began, Barrett acknowledged the gala chair, Andrea Morrissette and the numerous volunteers who supported her. Renard Simmons was this year’s featured speaker. Simmons, the principal at Denver Center for 21st Century Learning, and his wife, Monica are the parents of SMA alumna Journey Simmons ’16 who is currently a sophomore at Pomona College, studying pre-med. Simmons remarked that he is grateful that his daughter had the opportunity to attend St. Mary’s Academy, a place that “prepared her so well: academically, spiritually and emotionally” and that “the young women who attend St. Mary’s Academy are especially strong.” After being inspired by the Simmons’ story and a compelling video, guests participated in an engaging and spirited live auction and paddle raise.
Father Marty Lally, pastor of Holy Family Church, gave the blessing and Jim Berz kept the crowd engaged as the auctioneer.
This event was made possible thanks to more than 50 volunteers, generous sponsors, many in-kind donors, supportive parents and friends of St. Mary’s Academy.
Andrea Morrissette, Gala Chair, Katy Truitt, Lea Frank
Emily Davaney Graham ‘06, Elizabeth “Itsy” Jones Van Camp ‘06, Margaret Thayer ‘06, Sarah Mellick ‘06
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