Members of the Holy Cross High School community gathered together on Saturday, March 10th at La Bella Vista in Waterbury for the Green and Gold Gala. This annual event is one of the school's biggest fundraising initiatives. Over 250 people including Board members, alumni, parents, administrators, faculty and friends were in attendance. Thanks to the generosity of our bidders, the gala was a great success.
"The school relies on the funds generated along with other efforts by the Advancement Office to support and enhance the many programs that Holy Cross provides for the students," said Amadeo Rinaldi, Interim President, in his opening remarks. "It's impossible to do that just with the tuition dollars. Thank you for being here to support us."
The Green and Gold Gala is organized by Mike Phelan '89 of the Advancement Office, the Green & Gold Auction Committee and volunteers including Jeff Boucher, Kim DeMers, Tom DiPietro '79, MaryAnn Dzinski '84, Christina Galasso, Kelly Garden, Gayle Hill, Gloria Ilievski, Karen Kirby, Liz Lynch, Donna Marino, Elaine Melchionne, Kay Moser and Brian Peschel.
"This event would not have been possible without our committee members and volunteers," said Mike Phelan '89, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events. "They were instrumental in making this evening such a success. I also want to send special thanks to our many sponsors."
This year's Green and Gold Gala was a night of nostalgia. The Crusader attendees had a chance to look back and remember where they came from. Several pieces representing the school's history including yearbooks, textbooks, athletic gear, trophies, photos and other items were on display at each table. Many of them stirred many memories.
"This is an exciting time in our school's history," said Cary Fappiano '85, Vice President for Advancement, in her opening remarks to the crowd. "This October, Holy Cross turns 50. And anyone from the Class of 1985 and back can tell you that life only gets better after 50."
Over 250 items were donated for raffles and silent and live auctions including trips, gift certificates to local restaurants, bottles of wine, tickets to professional sporting events, golf memberships and many other items. Long-time supporter Fritz Blasius '76 and his family donated a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze for the school's Car Raffle. Mrs. Diana McIntosh, a present parent, was the lucky winner of the car.
"Thank you to everyone for your participation in the raffle," said Donna Marino, Director of the Annual Fund. "The Car Raffle was a great success. We want to send a special thank you to the Blasius family for their generosity."
"Over the next year, we will look at and celebrate where we are going," said Mrs. Fappiano. "Our school leadership is diligently and passionately carving out institutional needs and plans that will set the stage for our next 50 years. Please mark your calendars for March 30, 2019, our Golden Gala, which will be the culmination of our 50th Anniversary Celebration."