With temperatures hovering in the high 30s (and feeling much colder), the executive decision was
made to move the Patron Party — typically held outside in the Traditions Courtyard —
inside to the Jesuit cafeteria. No one wanted to freeze “Under the Big Top,”
which was the theme for Celebration 2013. Upon entering the Big Top,
guests were greeted by scarf juggler Molly Mueller and ringmaster
Collin Phillips, both of whom are juniors and members of the
Philelectic Society. Phillips, of course, is a Blue Jay while
Mueller attends the Academy of the Sacred Heart..
Jesuit senior Ian Morel, another members of the Phils and a budding
magician, had a few card tricks up his sleeve for guests.
“Under the Big Top” known as the cafeteria, the Patron Party was a more intimate affair.
Among the benefactors were Jeanne and Ken Boe ’84 (left) and Mary Beth and Paul Fine.
Eileen Hofrichter and Frank Arnemann
Dan Wagner and Julie Nunez
Trish and Jeff Robbins (left); Cynthia and Mike Graham ’77
The Patron Party Auction went off without a hitch primarily because of the work by these ladies,
|from left, Jeanne Dufour, Jeanie Favret, and Roberta Chevis.
Fr. Nick Schiro, S.J. ’44 is flanked by Mary and Jimmy Huck.
Amy and John McMahon ’87; Gina and Eddie Perret
Ryan Gootee ’91, Nick Lorusso ’85, Najeeb Thomas ’90, and Steven Queyrouze ’80
Missy and Gerald Duhon ’85
Najeeb Thomas ’90 and Summer Black
Lynn and Arthur Mann ’64; Liz and Terry Creel
A trio of Blue Jays from the Class of ’83: Mike Varisco, Brian North, and Ron Montalbano
The auction tables in the Student Commons attracted lots of bidders. All went smoothly because
the tables were managed by experienced volunteers, among whom were, from left,
Laurie Gaudet, Karen Bradford, Sophia Thomas, and Michelle Lorusso.
David Prados ’75 carefully peruses his auction program.
The look of serious auction participants: Diane Schwing (left) and Sharon Davis
ponder their next bids
Members of the Jesuit Marine Corps J.R.O.T.C., such as sophomore John Grieco,
were indispensable in carefully moving items from closed auction tables.
Sara and Ryan Gootee ’91
Auction table volunteers Allison Thomas; Sharon and Jay Gogreve ’81;
Jeannie and Rick Redmann ’85
Jesuit president Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. ’76 provides executive back-up support to
Celebration’s live auctioneer Jeremy Reuther ’01, who somehow managed
to extract higher bids before most participants knew what was happening.
Auction table volunteers Rhonda Eckholdt, Melanie Hebert, and Nicey Simoneaux
A reserved parking spot in the yard for their soon-to-be-senior son Charles was won by
Cynthia and Michael Graham ’77 (right) at the live auction. Earlier at the
Patron Party, their conversation went something like this:
Cynthia: We really came to bid on the parking space in the yard.
Michael (looking a little nervous): It went for $3,000 last year.
Cynthia: We need to win it because Charles wakes up every morning at 7:30.
Michael: Yeah, but we’re not paying $3,000 for it.
Cynthia: I know, that’s way too much.
Michael: I’m not paying more than $1,000 for it.
Cynthia: Definitely, no more than $1,000.
Later, at the Live Auction...
Auctioneer Jeremy Reuther: One parking spot going once, twice... sold to
Michael and Cynthia Graham for $2,800. Thank you very much!
A satisfied Georges Legrand outbid other parents for 10 front row seats
at the upcoming 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
Marylynn Andrée and John Hastings
Live auctioneer Jeremy Reuther ’01 is flanked by his parents, Jan and John Reuther ’72.
Rickey and Dottie Loupe
A half dozen Blue Jays guard the pasta table. From left, seniors Benjy Tucker, Branden Munster,
William North, Blaine Loupe, Jack Culotta, Jr., and junior Christobal Dupré
Mary Frances and Felix Rabito ’80 avoid the rush by hitting the checkout line early.
Jack Culicchia ’83 (left) and Seamus O’Donnell ’89 effortlessly handle the large amounts that
benefactors charge on their credit cards.
The auction co-chairs this year are Jodi Lafranca and Michelle Lorusso.
The Celebration 2013 co-chairs are Andrea Legrand (second from left) and Nancy Plough.
Joining them for the photo are spouses George Legrand and Jerry Plough ’80.
A good evening was had by all. Jesuit thanks the leaders and volunteers
of Celebration 2013 for all of their hard work to make this event
a big success.
Don’t forget the Blue Jay Spring Bazaar on Sunday, March 24!