My deepest thanks to the 450 parents, alumni, community leaders and friends who attended our major fundraiser for the year the St. Mary’s Ryken Spring Gala where we raised $100,000 for the St. Mary’s Ryken Fund, which meets the most pressing needs of the school including those for tuition assistance.
At St. Mary’s Ryken, we are inspiring lives of learning, faith and service and rely upon our family of friends to make this possible.
Thank you to those who wish to remain anonymous and to all of our sponsors. To J.F. Taylor Inc., our Double Diamond Sponsor, and to all of our Diamond Sponsors: Burch Oil Co.; CMI General Contractors; Community Bank of Tri-County; Old Line Bank; Paragon Properties; Sabre Systems; Technology Security Associates and Tennyson Wealth Management Group.
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: AMELEX; DCS Corporation; Hooper & Associates; the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's Council No. 1470; and Taylor Gas Co.
Our Gold Sponsors: Bonifant Financial Group; Capital Area Orthopedic Associates; Carruth & Son; Coherent Technical Services; County First Bank; F.W. Thompson Co.; Guy & Guy Masonry; Howard W. Phillips & Co.; Kelly Generator & Equipment; Law Office of Rudolf A. Carrico Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Brian Norris; Printing Press; Raley, Watts & O'Neill; Shah Associates and Travel Leaders/Action Travel Tours.
Our Silver Sponsors: Gary and Fran Bell; Bridgett, Mock & Associates; Chesapeake Security Service; Dirt Works Excavation & Crane; Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms; Franzen Realtors; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mock; Mona Electric Group; Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone; Office Care and SAGE Dining Services.
Our Patron Sponsors: Baldwin & Briscoe; Cecil’s Country Store; Classy Decor Flooring & Furniture; Dugan, McKissick & Longmore; Jesus the Good Shepherd Church; Dr. Lois McDonald SAT/ACT Prep; Mr. and Mrs. Jack McMorrow; Matthew and Amy Murphy; Precise Systems and Tom Hodges Tire, Service Center, Car Wash & Auto Sales.
Thank you to Lisa and Michael Kelley of Canards Catering and Events Production for transporting us from Southern Maryland to the Emerald Isle that evening.
And, most importantly of all, I would like to thank the parent and alumni volunteers — too numerous to mention here — who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the spring gala a beautiful “Celtic Knight.”
If you missed this year’s gala, please mark your calendars for next year Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Mary Joy Hurlburt, Leonardtown
The writer is president of St. Mary’s Ryken.