Raising paddles to support fundraising for St. Mary’s Academy.
St. Mary’s Academy parents, faculty, and friends joined the SMA Board of Trustees and Sisters of Loretto on Friday, April 26 at St. Mary’s Academy annual Gala, “Speakeasy”. The annual event was held at The Hilton Denver Inverness, a new location this year, and raised more than $320,000. The proceeds from this event benefit the SMA Tuition Assistance Fund and program resources. During the current 2018-2019 academic year, more than 29% of St. Mary’s Academy students benefited from tuition assistance. A special appeal raised money for a new computer science program benefiting Lower, Middle, and High School students.
The Speakeasy Title Sponsor was Mike Shaw Subaru and SMA parents Michael and Suzanne Shaw. Other sponsors attending included Board Chair Jean Armstrong and Hugh Armstrong, Barbara Biddle Galoob ’78 and Bruce Galoob, Vanessa Kieling, Bret and Cindy Bolin, Matt and Deanna Hopper, Pat Swanson, Jim and Stacy Rechtin. Brian and Brook Griese, Brian Brieske and Robin Ricketts, Hugh and Susan OakesPaul and Katy Rady, Randy and Susan Weil, Bob Flynn and Kathy Walsh Flynn.
As the program began, Academy President Bill Barrett acknowledged the Gala Chair, Andrea Morrissette and the numerous volunteers who supported her. Stephanie Johnson was this year’s featured speaker. Ms. Johnson, a licensed social worker at CeDAR, a UCHealth inpatient dual-diagnosis treatment facility, is the mother of Ella and Hattie, both juniors at SMA. Ms. Johnson remarked that, “as a single mother of twin girls, she never dreamed that my children would be blessed with the opportunity to attend private school. All three of us remain eternally grateful for the community at St. Mary’s Academy and the continued support of the scholarship fund.” After being inspired by the Ms. Johnson’s 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.
Bill Barrett, Academy President, Reverend Marty Lally, and Charlie Arbogast
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