Where in the world is the Grand Celebration?
On Saturday, May 15, 2021 the 33rd annual Grand Celebration is happening LIVE on https://event.gives/grandcelebration at 6:00 p.m.!
Join this year's hybrid gala either by hosting a watch party or enjoying the program from the comfort of your own home. There are so many new and exciting opportunities this year including two jewelry raffles, half a dozen sign-up style events, a live auction, and a special gift for all early registrants.
Our LIVE one-hour, virtual program is available for FREE to the entire GC community and features a brief awards ceremony, online auction, live auction, raffle, and live donation appeal. We hope to have record breaking turn-out as participation options are limitless.
Please explore the website, including our FAQ document (on the right hand side), to learn more about our hybrid Grand Celebration and how much fun we are all going to have this year.
Each year at the Grand Celebration, Good Counsel highlights a special project that needs the support of our school community. This year, Good Counsel needs your help to build its endowment in support of it’s greatest need - financial aid. Endowed funds are not just for Falcons this year, they are for future generations of Falcons—forever.
Please note that the Online Auction and Raffles are available to everyone, even if you are unable to join us at the Grand Celebration.
2021 Visionary Awards
Kevin McCormack '86
Our Lady award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding volunteer support and a tremendous commitment to the school.
Kevin McCormack ’86 has been a generous supporter and volunteer for the Good Counsel community for over 30 years. A senior vice president at Wells Fargo, in June 2020 Kevin completed nine years of service as a member of Good Counsel’s Board of Directors. During his time on the board, Kevin served on the Advancement, Finance and Nominating Committees and helped launch the Alumni Business Networking group. He also was a member of the campaign planning committee for the Performing Arts Center. Kevin regularly attends Good Counsel’s signature events, and has generously supported the school’s annual and campaign fundraising initiatives.
1958 Cornerstone award recognizes outstanding and thoughtful generosity (philanthropy – time, talent, treasure) to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
Saverio Fato ’84 has been a faithful and generous donor to Good Counsel for over 30 years. An Assurance Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers since 2000, Saverio joined PWC in 1988 and works with a broad spectrum of publicly-held clients across the automotive, chemical, and other manufacturing industries. Saverio has supported numerous fundraising initiatives at Good Counsel including the Fund for Good Counsel, the Performing Arts Campaign and, most recently, he became a lead donor in Good Counsel’s effort to strengthen Good Counsel’s endowment.
Saverio Fato '84
Dr. Suzie Miller '95
The Br. Bob Arrowsmith ’63 Distinguished Alumnus Award is named in honor of Good Counsel’s longest serving Xaverian Brother. The award recognizes someone who demonstrates a commitment to faith, service, and Good Counsel; who has achieved professional success; and who has made significant contributions to society through leadership, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
Dr. Suzanne (Suzie) Miller ’95 is the first female recipient of theBr. Bob Arrowsmith ’63 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Suzie has over a decade of experience as a physician serving as chief medical officer of medical technology companies worldwide. An author, consultant and legal expert witness as well, Suzie currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Ventec Life Systems, makers of the multi-function ventilator VOCSN. After graduating from Good Counsel, Suzie attended Harvard, where she also was a member of the women’s basketball team that upset No. 1 seed Stanford in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Suzie received her MD from Harvard Medical School, trained in emergency medicine at Stanford University, and then went on to practice medicine on every continent. She currently is living in Australia. Dedicated to serving her communities as well, Suzie provided disaster response after the Haitian earthquake, volunteered in Palestinian refugee camps, and cared for adventure racers from the Sahara Desert to Antarctica.
Recognizes a member of the Good Counsel faculty or staff who enthusiastically “answers the call” to inspire our students to excel, serve, and love. The award recognizes exceptional commitment, exemplified through long-standing tenure, that has an immeasurable impact on our students and school community.
For more than 20 years, Loren Bass’s name has been synonymous with Good Counsel’s Ryken Studies Program. Assisting highly motivated students diagnosed with mild learning differences, the Ryken Program has prepared hundreds of students for success in college and beyond by helping them become autonomous learners and develop compensation strategies to offset their learning differences. As the program director, Loren is beloved by her students for her caring dedication to ensure their success.
“To me, giving to Good Counsel is more than just a donation, it is an investment in my child and all the students who someday will be our future. In this small way, we are all helping to fortify the foundation on which they will build their lives, and will always be able to look back on these years as the beginning of their success.”
“Concordia” is the first word of the motto of our school’s founders, the Xaverian Brothers; it means “harmony,” literally “with (one) heart.” The Concordia award is to recognize philanthropy that connects powerfully with our mission and the strong sense of community that has always been a characteristic of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. The award concordia presented to a foundation or corporation who has had significant philanthropic impact on our students.
As parent of a 2022 Falcon, Karl Celtnieks embraced supporting the Good Counsel community from the first day his daughter stepped foot on campus. The owner of Capitol Drywall, Inc. and Selective Demolition and Hauling, which has evolved into three separate entities, Karl is dedicated to providing unparalleled service and quality in all facets of business. As a Good Counsel community partner, Karl generously supports initiatives including the Day of Giving and Founders Day, and regularly sponsors school signature events including the Steve Dean Golf Tournament and the Grand Celebration.
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