Dear Parents, Alums and Friends,
Throughout the year, I am amazed by the dedication of our volunteers who work tirelessly on events such as the Annual Spring Gala, the Phonathon and the Golf Tournament. These events and others are crucial to our ability to provide our students with the tools they need to grow academically, morally, socially and spiritually.
Whether you give of your time, your talent, or your treasure, we invite you to be a vital member of the St. Mary's Ryken family. Please take a few moments to look at the list of volunteer opportunities and see where you are able to lend a hand.
For those of you who have volunteered in the past, thank you for helping us fulfill our mission and our goals. For those of you about to dedicate precious hours from your busy schedule, thank you. By volunteering, you show our students what a priceless gift it is to give of yourself - truly a perfect example of the Xaverian philosophy.
I look forward to working with each of you in the year ahead.
Thank you and God bless,
Mary Joy Hurlburt
The proceeds from all of these events directly benefit all of St. Mary's Ryken students and volunteers are crucial both to plan and to run the event. Each event will have a chairperson, so if you see one that especially interests you, please consider stepping up to be the chair.
The Phonathon is an annual fundraising event to benefit the St. Mary's Ryken Fund, an unrestricted fund that meets the most pressing needs of our school and our students. Alumni, parent and student volunteers call SMR families requesting a gift to the SMR Fund. You can volunteer for one evening or for several. Contact the Advancement Office to sign up.
The Annual Spring Gala
The Gala is SMR's premier fundraising event and the Gala Planning Committee works closely with the Advancement Office to organize this event. There are many subcommittees to assist in the planning and management of this event. Several planning meetings will be held. All proceeds benefit tuition assistance. Contact the Advancement Office to volunteer.
Decorating Committee - responsible for the design, planning and set-up of the decorations for the hall where the event is held
- Hospitality Committee -ask parents, alums and friends to support the Gala by attending
Auction Committee - gather and organize donations from local community members and businesses for both the silent and live auctions. Also aid in preparing item descriptions for the auction catalog.
Set-Up/Clean-up Committee - help with getting ready for the event the day prior and that day and help with getting everything back the way it was. May need to be at one meeting, but otherwise, not much up-front planning needed.
Entertainment and Food/Beverages - the committee for those who enjoy throwing dinner parties. Help with planning the menus and music for the Gala.
Contact the Advancement Office to volunteer.
Freshmen Family Fellowship in September
Freshmen Grandparent's Day in October
Help to organize, set-up and clean-up a luncheon for the freshmen and their grandparents. Contact the Advancement Office to volunteer.
Sophomore Heritage Liturgy
Junior Leadership Mass
The All Knighter Post-Prom Event - after the prom 11 p.m. - 4 a.m.
The All Knighter is the culmination of the drug/alcohol abuse prevention programs and awareness activities that take place during the school year. It is a free, well-supervised and safe event after the Junior/Senior Prom, usually held at the Capitol Clubhouse in Waldorf. Volunteeers work with the students to plan the event's activities and food. Parents help with gathering donations for door prizes, set-up/clean-up and chaperoning.
Held every other year. The next is scheduled for 2013. Contact Suzanne Taylor to be a speaker or a volunteer.
Provide assistance during regular school hours (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). There are always a variety of duties that need to be accomplished including data entry, copying, light typing and preparing mailings. The offices requesting assistance are Advancement, Admissions, Business, Campus Ministry, Guidance and the Media Center. Contact the Advancement Office to volunteer.
Help with the book buy-back at the end of the school year. Contact Debbie Carroll in the Campus Store for more information.
Provide assistance with chaperoning field trips, being a guest speaker for special class projects, or being a volunteer substitute teacher for teachers on retreat days. Contact the Advancement Office to volunteer.
Provides assistance and refreshments for special events such as the Open Houses, Parent/Teacher Conferences and Baccalaureate Reception. Contact the Advancement Office to volunteer.