GMC June Newsletter

posted Jul 13, 2017, 8:55 AM by GMC Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 8:55 AM ]
GMC Newsletter


The 2016-2017 school was a great year and we have you to thank.  Through all your efforts the GMC was able to give Father Planning an additional $70,000 at the end of the year making our grand total contributed to Gonzaga this year $360,250!
  • $27,000 Cash Raffle
  • $245,000 Gala Proceeds
  • $17,500 to Student Council for Prom
  • $750 for Photo Contest prizes
  • $70,000 end of the year gift
  • We also raised over $7,300 to the Modern Language Department from the International Food Fair, and we will distribute $21,225 to Gonzaga faculty and staff (27 beneficiaries) from the Summer Stipend program to fund special projects and continuing education.
  • For the Father McKenna Center, we collected $3,282 in contributions at the Mass of Thanksgiving, donated $1,100 from bake sales and GMC donations, provided approximately 3,322 meals to homeless men and McKenna Center staff and purchased new pillows and blankets for the Hypothermia Center allowing each man to have his very own
  • Working with Campus Ministries we helped provide gifts and gift cards to more than 40 local families (200 individuals) through the Christmas Adopt-a-Family program.
  • For the Washington School for Girls, we collected $6,921 at the Mother-Son Mass, and we delivered several bags of items collected at our meetings for their bookstore.
  • We collected and donated over 8,000 diapers for the DC Diaper bank.
  • We collected flowers and prepared and delivered 100 bouquets for Mother’s Day to the Unique Residential Care Center.
  • Also, through Family Support, we provided well-wishes and other assistance to our own Gonzaga families in times of need or celebration.
  • We’ve welcomed all Gonzaga moms and guardians -- registering close to 600 GMC members!
  • We’ve mentored new moms, hosted Get Acquainted Parties, and kept everyone informed with timely, informative Newsletters and Communications.
  • We’ve fed students, parents, and faculty, dinners and snacks throughout the year. Not to mention the wonderful Faculty Treats.
  • We hosted receptions, events, and parties, especially Nutcracker Suite on Eye Street Gala which was not only a great party, but also a very successful fundraiser for our school!
Well done!  We hope that you had a great year and met new friends.  Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you all next year for another successful year.  Sign up below for next year.  Thank you!
With gratitude,
The 2016-2017 GMC Executive Board
Laura Brockwell, Jean Schlesinger, Maya Shackley, Nori Buising,
Mary Penny, Denise Siciliano, Irene Zaso and Suzanne Dowd

  Thank You  
We showed the incredible Gonzaga Faculty and Staff our appreciation and thanks for all that they do for our sons with a lovely Summer Send Off Luncheon on May 31st.  Welcome Summer was the perfect theme to kick off the event and the final days on Eye Street.  Chairs, Sarah Feighery and Valerie Warburton, along with many other moms and sons worked to make the day very special and a wonderful way to begin summer!
On June 3, after a beautiful Mass, the GMC hosted a lovely Baccalaureate Mass Reception for our graduates, families, and friends.  The gym was well decorated with balloons and flowers, and a buffet of tasty appetizers and treats were available.   Thanks to Chairs, Dawn Gentry, Melissa Hathaway and Jennifer Windus for organizing this wonderful event to congratulate and celebrate our Class of 2017!
We welcomed all new Gonzaga moms to Eye Street with the New Mothers' Luncheon on June 7.  Representatives from various clubs and teams provided information about activities on campus, while Fr. Planning, Mr. Every, Debbie Onufrychuk, Matt Gannon, Richard Donohoe and Mary Penny shared their perspective and a personal welcome to our school.  The beautiful event ran smoothly, due to detailed planning and gracious hospitality of Kelly Bingel, Chris Keenan and Allison Rosen as well as a team of volunteers who greeted, welcomed, and served our newest Gonzaga moms.

GMC 2017-18 Executive Board

 President                  Mary Penny
 1st Vice President    Kathy Kirvan
 2nd Vice President    Susan Kiley
 Secretary                  Nancy Travis
 Treasurer                  Susan Marcille
 Webmaster              Mia DeWitt
 Communications      Hazel Lychak
 Ex-Officio                  Laura Brockwell
 Gala Chairs              Kim Howland, 
Maggie Sinnott Mejia

It is time to renew your membership for the GMC

Your membership donation is renewable annually. GMC Membership for the coming year will be effective September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. 

The GMC is open to mothers, guardians of Gonzaga students, and those friends and benefactors of the school who wish to participate in or contribute to the Mothers Club Activities. 

Sign Up TODAY!
Once you join or renew your annual membership you will be connected with the GMC!
  • Receive the monthly e-Newsletter, and emails with news and information
  • Attend the GMC meetings held every second Wednesday of the month in the cafeteria
  • Learn about opportunities to help with activities which support our sons and the Gonzaga community
  • Enjoy the support and friendship of other Gonzaga Moms who will share information and sage advice
  • Know the appreciation of both our wonderful sons and the entire Gonzaga community.
Questions?  Contact Gerry Gretschel

Mentoring New Families in 2017-2018

Remember when you were new to Gonzaga?  The simplest things can feel overwhelming!  Please consider guiding a few new moms through the process by offering to answer questions and provide information. All it takes to provide that support is one phone call during the summer, and another during the fall, to reach out and connect with a new mom. It's so easy, yet makes such a big difference.  
Click Here to Volunteer!

Get Acquainted Parties

Get Acquainted Parties are a tradition at Gonzaga for welcoming new families to the Gonzaga community. Host families volunteer their time and home to host a party in the fall. These events can be of any style of your choosing: coffee & bagels before a football game, cookout of burgers and dogs, etc.

If you might be interested in hosting a party, please contact Maria Borjas and Gerry Gretschel at

Volunteer with Us! 

Share your ideas and talents and be part of the
2017 Gonzaga Gala committee

Do you have graphic design skills? Want to use your imagination to create memorable experience for Eagles Adventures and Night on the Town?
Need a great job to do from you home? How about organizing 
Gala invitations. Love purple? Be in charge or Purple Moon.
There are so many big and small ways to support the GMC's biggest social event and fundraiser of the year planned for December 2nd.  Please email and let us know how you want to get involved.  All suggestions welcome!
2017 Co-chairs
Kim Howland
Maggie Sinnott Mejia