Friends of St. Mary’s Ball raises $90,000

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Friends of Remsen St. Mary’s Ball Co-chairpersons Chad and Susan Tentinger, and Lee and Kara Harpenau presented a $90,000 check to Fr. William McCarthy and Kim Phillips during a Facebook Live Presentation on Thursday, April 22. Pictured above, from left: Fr. William McCarthy, Susan and Chad Tentinger, Kara and Lee Harpenau, and Kim Phillips.
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The 30th Annual Friends of Remsen St. Mary’s Ball took place on Saturday, April 10, 2021 with the theme “Family of Faith”. Again this year, the event was a virtual ball. The live-streamed event began at 7:00 p.m. on the Remsen St. Mary’s Schools YouTube channel, link: bit.do/rsmball.

Co-chairpersons for this year’s ball were Chad and Susan Tentinger, and Lee and Kara Harpenau.

The evening began with a delicious take out meal catered by Lidderdale Catering, where orders were picked up from 4:30-6:00 p.m., at the high school cafeteria.

Larry Ruden was the winner of the Name the Gym Auction, which took place during the 30th Annual Friends of St. Mary’s Ball on April 10. The gym will be known as the Mary Ellen Ruden Memorial Gym during the 2021-22 school year. Pictured above, Larry Ruden with his daughter, Susan Tentinger.
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The evening’s program included recorded videos and live appearances by Mr. Osterman, Mr. Ruden, and Mrs. Phillips from St. Mary’s Schools, parents Kyle Schmillen and David Utesch, and school board President Rick Loutsch. The featured speaker and entertainment was provided by RSM alumna Danika Portz. She is a Nashville recording artist and sought-after performer for the military troops overseas.

The Name the Gym Auction took place in the gym during the live broadcast. The winner of this auction was Larry Ruden. The name of gym for the 2021-2022 school year will be the Mary Ellen Ruden Memorial Gym.

People could also bid on gift baskets during the live broadcast. There were two winners for these gift baskets: Scott Schwickerath won the Bloody Mary Basket, and Melissa Galles won the Moscow Mule Basket.

Co-chairpersons for this year’s ball were Lee and Kara Harpenau, and Chad and Susan Tentinger.
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A Suburban Reverse Bid took place, where one could give any amount toward the purchase of a suburban for student transportation. This suburban is needed to replace the current vehicle.

Donations for the ball and bids for this Suburban Reverse Auction where open through April 17.

Parent helpers for the ball were Bart and Angie Brownmiller, Barry and Melissa Galles, Scott and Angie Kneip, Rick and Courtney Loutsch, Dan and Lori Sheehan, Neil and Krystal Sheehan, Todd and Jessica Tentinger, and David and Alisa Utesch.

Some of the volunteers that helped during the virtual 30th Annual Friends of St. Mary’s Ball were, from left: Kris Full, Kris Schiltz, Melissa Galles, Jessica Tentinger, and Lori Sheehan.
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Staff helpers for the ball were Paul Ahlers, Kris Full, Sarah Garvin, Kim Phillips, and Kris Schiltz.

On Thursday night, April 22, at 7:00 p.m., Friends of St. Mary's Ball Co-chairpersons Chad and Susan Tentinger, and Lee and Kara Harpenau made an announcement through a Facebook Live event on the Remsen St. Mary’s Schools Facebook page. During this presentation, the co-chairpersons presented Fr. William McCarthy and Kim Philips with a check for $90,000, which was the result of the total number of the funds raised through the 30th Annual Friends of Remsen St. Mary’s Ball.

Next year's ball is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Parent helpers for the ball were Bart and Angie Brownmiller, Barry and Melissa Galles, Scott and Angie Kneip, Rick and Courtney Loutsch, Dan and Lori Sheehan, Neil and Krystal Sheehan, Todd and Jessica Tentinger, and David and Alisa Utesch.
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The set-up for the virtual ball by F8 Solutions in the gymnasium.
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