1st Annual Alumni Association Boxing Smoker
Fr Adrian and Frank Boehling
The 1st Annual Alumni Association Boxing Smoker took place Friday, April 29 and was a great success with over 300 attendees watching seven bouts of collegiate boxers who hailed from VMI, UNC and Georgetown. This well received event played a tremendous role in helping to raise much needed funds for scholarships and the Fr. Adrian Education Fund (annual fund). 

It was the perfect opportunity to bring together members of the community to raise funds and have a great time. With this being the inaugural year of the event, we were not sure exactly how many attendees we would have, or how much we would raise, but our primary goal was to raise scholarship dollars for the Cadets; specifically, to raise critically needed scholarship dollars. A total of $94,490.00 was raised through sponsorships, ticket purchases, live auctions, in-kind gifts and donations!

The cigar smoke was floating through the Memorial Gymnasium during the entire event, the boxers were dancing and there was an all-around sense of community and camaraderie. Alumni made the trip to Richmond from as far away as Connecticut to reminisce with old friends. Many parents, faculty and staff members came out to volunteer. The planning process leading up to the event, and the event itself proved to be a wonderful way to build upon the relationships and traditions that exist here at Benedictine. 

Below is a breakdown of the event’s expenses and revenues. Please let call the Office of Advancement at 804-342-1311 if you have any questions or need additional information. 

We are so grateful for your continued support of Benedictine High School. Thank you!
Kate Haydon                                                                          
Director of Advancement




Advertising, Awards & Printing $2,916.42
Sponsors $29,000.00
Announcer and Music $700.00
InKind Donations $6,200.00
Equipment Rentals $7,985.00
Ring Title Rights $35,000.00
Food and Beverages $9,393.57
50/50 Raffle $3,040.00
Officials and Refs $1,160.00
Bout with Fr. Adrian $2,250.00
Teams and Travel Expenses $3,395.52
Ticket Sales: $19,000.00

Total: $25,550.51
Total: $94,490.00
Jay'74, Jeff '82, and Keith'77 Nichols from Handcraft Cleaners, Headmaster Grapes, and Drew'86 and Del'81 Mugford from Royal Chevrolet, and Alumni Association President P.J. Gallagher.

You're Invited to the 1st Annual Benedictine Speech Festival

You are cordially invited to the Sheppard Auditorium at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey for the First Annual Benedictine Speech Festival on Tuesday May 17th, 2011 at 7:00PM. After delivering speeches each quarter and competing in a “semi-final” round, eight of our best speakers will be competing for $2000.00 in scholarship money. Students will present personally prepared speeches addressing local and national issues from a Catholic perspective.
We will be joined by a distinguished panel of judges including The Hon. Denis F. Soden '64, Chip Bliley, JD '67, and Mr. Garet Chester ' 73. 
We will also be treated to a demonstration by our drumline. This is a Corps event for all of our Cadets, and we encourage all parents and alumni to come and enjoy the evening as well. Refreshments and finger foods will be provided at 6:30PM in the atrium of the Sheppard Auditorium.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Memorial Day Assembly Date Change
Dr. Chris Howard,
H-SC President
Due to speaker conflicts, the date for our Memorial Day Ceremony has changed. Mark your calendars and join the Corps of Cadets at 2PM on 26 May for our Memorial Day Ceremony and Assembly honoring fallen U.S. servicemen and women. Dr. Chris Howard, USAF Bronze Star recipient in Afghanistan, and president of Hampden-Sydney College, will be our guest speaker. Numerous Benedictine Cadets are headed to Hampden-Sydney every year, and we are blessed to have Dr. Howard speak to the Corps.
Dr. Chris Howard is the President of Hampden-Sydney College and Chairman of the Impact Young Lives Foundation. He was previously Vice President for Strategic & Leadership Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma and a manager with General Electric's elite Corporate Initiatives Group. A Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, he holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and is a Rhodes Scholar.  
Annual Fund Appeal

Dear Benedictine Supporter,

The end of the 2010-2011 school year is nearly upon us. Vacation! Summer fun! I’m sure that is what most if not all of the Cadets are thinking… I must be honest- I am thinking about a lazy day or two at the beach. Aren’t you as well? Summer is often a time for nourishing the soul, visiting with friends and family, and taking a well deserved break. 
Before you grab your towel and spf, and before I am allowed some r & r, I need to make one more appeal regarding the Fr. Adrian Education Fund, Benedictine’s annual fund. The annual fund is the heart and soul of fundraising for Benedictine. Each year, appeal letters are sent to all current parents, alumni, past parents, grandparents, and friends for their support of the Fr. Adrian Education Fund. Gifts to the Fund constitute the most important source of unrestricted funds available to the school, allowing it to minimize tuition increases and thus keep the cost of attending within reach of more families.
This year's Fr. Adrian Education Fund goal was set at $350,000. We have raised $336,000 to date; we are so close! The Fund accounts for approximately 8.1% of the School's total operating budget each year. Like all independent schools, Benedictine relies on tax-deductible gifts to make up the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Benedictine education. Fr. Adrian Education Fund gifts also enable the school to attract and retain experienced and dedicated faculty, provide equipment for innovative curricula, and maintain the diversity of the student body through significant financial aid.

Your participation will make a difference and help ensure the excellence of a Benedictine education. The Fund's fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends June 30th. Please call us if we can assist you in any way with your gift. (804-342-1311).
Where does my Gift go?
Your gift supplements the annual expenditures for:
• Classroom supplies
• Athletic equipment
• Extra-curricular programs
• Fine arts supplies
• Student financial aid
• On-going faculty professional development
• Operation and maintenance of facilities
What are the 2010-2011 GOALS?
• $350,000+ Annual Fund
• 100% current parent participation
• Increased alumni participation
• Increased participation by alumni parents and grandparents

Thank you for your loyal support,


Kate Haydon

Director of Advancement

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