St. Mary’s Celebrates Centennial

High school raises $475K to kick off next 100 years

Saint Mary’s Catholic High School celebrated 100 years in Catholic secondary education with a Centennial Gala at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix. More than 600 guests, many of them alumni, attended the Oct. 21 event. Co-chaired by Beth Wand, director of operations at Sunland Water Company, and Barbara Bandura, first vice president at MidFirst Bank, the gala raised more than $475,000 to support the students and work of Saint Mary’s.

The evening included a raffle, silent and live auctions and dancing, with entertainment provided by brass band The Lucky Devils. The night featured a recap of the school’s transformation and accomplishments over the last century, and remarks from The Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares, Rev. Robert Bolding and Rev. John Parks.

Funds raised from the gala will directly support the enhancement of the liberal arts curriculum, the improvement of athletic training spaces and the education of students for generations to come through academic scholarships.

PHOTOS BY HAUTE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Aaron and Ariana Muth with Ruth and Patrick Madigan

Emcees Nicolle Hernandez Cunningham and Mark Hart

Father Robert Bolding

Saint Mary’s Principal, Suzanne Fessler, with her husband, John Fessler

Andrew and Barbara Bandura with Beth and Peter Wand

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