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