This past Saturday our community rallied around our young men and celebrated De Smet Jesuit with a spectacular Sparti Gras Gala. More than 500 parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends came together for a tremendous show of support. And, it was clear, we had a lot of fun and camaraderie.
Greeted by the musical talents of our very own jazz band and our Black Robe Choir, guests were welcomed into a transformed space. Festive masks, colorful beads, beautiful decorations, and a spirit of celebration permeated the evening. Students volunteered to check coats, serve dinner, bus tables, and spot bid paddles as the auction went live. Parent volunteers covered every station to ensure the evening went smoothly, and guests were treated to a delightful evening.
While the final numbers are not yet in, we expect that we will have earned more than $565,000 for our beloved school-all of which contributes to our programs and provides financial assistance to our students.
We extend our sincere appreciation for our auction chair, Becky Lane: for her vision, energy and leadership in assembling an amazing team of volunteers. Their love for our school was evident in the time and attention to detail they showered on this event. To each of our volunteers and donors; thank you for going the extra distance for your sons.
Your Support Makes the Difference
If you were unable to attend the auction this year and would like to be a part of this record-breaking effort, please consider a financial gift of any size. All contributions go toward the Fund-a-Need Scholarship and count as a gift for this school year. This scholarship provides a De Smet Jesuit education for young men based upon their ability to learn, and not upon their ability to pay.
On behalf of the De Smet Jesuit students, faculty, and staff, thank you to all who participated and contributed to Sparti Gras!
For More Inspiration From Sparti Gras
To read a reflection written by David Welborn '80 after attending this event, please read A Life Made "More Better" Thanks to a Philosophy Taught to Me in High School.
To see how your generosity impacts the lives of our students, please click below to view the Fund-a-Need video shown at the Gala.
Photos by Glennon Williams