Debbie & Joe Sakic.
Photos courtesy of Susan Hennessy, SMA
Senior Jesse Vega-Perkins with parents Denise Vega & Matt Perkins
Submitted by SMA
The St. Mary’s Academy Gala A Night at the Derby held on April 26 at Mile High Station was a festive gathering of attendees yearning for spring in their seersucker jackets and brightly colored dresses. The theme infused a flavor of trackside manner spurring rascally bidding on a vast array of silent and live auction items.
Though no yearlings from Keeneland were on the auction block, Gary Corbett guided bidders through live auction items with the most popular item being a one-week stay at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, sure to be a trip of a lifetime. The most popular silent auction item was four tickets to the One Direction concert, which would qualify that teen’s parent for Parent of the Year. Gala Chair Leslie Spelts was thrilled with how all of the tireless efforts of the volunteers, sponsors and donors came together in such a lovely and successful event.
A 2013 Subaru Forester greeted guests at entrance of the venue where more than 400 SMA parents, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed the evening, thanks to Title Sponsors Michael and Suzanne Shaw of Mike Shaw Subaru. Gala Chair Leslie Spelts, Auction Chair Emily Gordon and Sponsor Chair Susan Cheedle were joined by their husbands Trevor, Steve and Brad respectively. Other guests included former President Judith Baenen ‘57, Board Chair Maureen Reidy Witt ‘73 with her sister and fellow alumna, Margaret Reidy Pflueger ’82, and their mother, Margaret Reidy. The crowd recognized the many Sisters of Loretto, having founded SMA 148 years ago, and Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale.
The delights of Occasions Catering included fried chicken buckets and Kentucky hot browns with a few guests sipping on Derby-inspired mint juleps. Guests were treated to mini pecan pies and bourbon ball truffles to end the evening with a sweet touch.
Current Board members Phyllis Chrisman and David Gau, joined by their spouses, Jim and Tracey, were thrilled that this year’s Gala touted the third highest fundraising preliminary total of more than $238,000 in the past 15 years. This annual fundraiser supports the St. Mary’s Academy Tuition Assistance Fund, which will continue to contribute to the success of future students for many years.
Auction Chair Emily Gordon and Gala Chair Leslie Spelts
Kathleen & Carter Dammen
2013 Title Sponsors Suzanne & Michael Shaw ofMike Shaw Subaru
Debbie & Joe Sakic.Photos courtesy of Susan Hennessy, SMA
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