The Schools of Saint Mary Will Celebrate Ladies Night Out
The Schools of Saint Mary will be hosting its first joint Ladies Night Out Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:00 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Previously, the Elementary School’s PTO and the High School’s Gaels Parents’ Association held separate versions of the fundraiser.
Ladies Night Out is a tradition spanning two decades that was started as a “friend-raiser”, explained PTO President Elaine Caliendo: a chance for the moms, aunts, grandmothers and alumnae of the schools to enjoy a night out with each other while raising funds to benefit the students. “The friend-raiser was such a success and raised so much money that they decided to do it again every year,” she noted. Ladies Night Out is “the one and only fundraiser” for the High School, explained Diane Cain, grade level chair for the Class of 2018 for the Gaels Parents’ Association, “and with each year we continued to improve the event by incorporating different additions to the venue to encourage more groups of women to attend and become part of this annual fundraiser.
The theme of this year’s Ladies Night Out is Mardi Gras. “We thought this would be a fun theme, colorful and perfectly timed,” said Mrs. Cain. The money raised through ticket and raffle sales go toward necessary updates at the High School and Elementary School. “All the funds from this year’s event will be divided between both schools,” stated Mrs. Caliendo. Mrs. Cain added that “the students are always so grateful for all the upgrades and improvements.”
Ladies Night Out has always been a fundraiser that engages alumnae, current, and past parents as well as friends and family. “St. Mary’s High School has a great alumni association, and we get a very good turnout from our alumni parents,” noted Mrs. Cain. “We have the past Gaels executive committee members who all come to the event and book at least two full tables, the hockey moms who have made Ladies Night Out an annual event to get together and come every year and fill a table.
We also have many of the senior parents and their grandparents and aunts come, especially if their child is part of the annual fashion show. We even have Gaels’ family members from out of town as far away as Pennsylvania who come to the event and plan to be here this year and have a wonderful time.”
The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as the Drop in the Box raffle, silent auction bidding and raffle ticket purchases, “including the famous Marist parking spot raffle for the High Schoolers,” said Mrs. Cain. “One of the highlights will be a fashion show in which High School seniors and four Elementary School teachers will be modeling fashions from Victor Talbots and Impulse Boutique in Port Washington,” added Mrs. Caliendo. Dinner will also be served.
The committee members for this year’s Ladies Night Out are the executive board members of both the PTO and the Gaels Parents’ Association. “We are very excited about making this a huge success for The Schools of St. Mary,” noted Mrs. Cain. “Being part of this collaborative effort and watching how well the overall coordination of this event coming together is very impressive. At the end of the day, we are all committed to making this a success for all our children.” “We’re hoping that this combined event will increase an excitement in The Schools of St. Mary,” added Mrs. Caliendo. “The increased number of generous guests will hopefully generate more funds that will benefit both schools.”
Tickets for the $5,000 raffle will be on sale before and after all Masses at the Church of Saint Mary on February 11 and February 12. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Click here to purchase tickets to Ladies Night Out, buy $5,000 raffle tickets or Drop in the Box raffle tickets.