On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Good Counsel community will come together to raise endowed funds for financial aid. As Good Counsel’s marquee fundraising event, the Grand Celebration features an online auction, live appeal, dinner, dancing, and the culmination of the incredible generosity from donors like you!

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.

Kelly Hughes


Our Lady award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding volunteer support and a tremendous commitment to the school.

As a parent and volunteer, Kelly Hughes has been a steady force behind the scenes for over a decade. Kelly held significant volunteer roles while her sons, Connor ‘09 and Brendan ‘07, attended Good Counsel. Additionally, Kelly has been instrumental as member of the Grand Celebration Executive Committee for the past 15 years. The beauty and grace of the Grand Celebration auction baskets can be directly attributed to Kelly’s artistic talents.


1958 Cornerstone award recognizes outstanding and thoughtful generosity (philanthropy – time, talent, treasure) to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

Thomas and Patricia Fay have been dedicated and generous supporters of the Good Counsel community for over 20 years. As parents of alumni, Caragh ’96 and Brendan ’87, and grandparents of Brenna ’17, Tom and Patricia have a long history of generous support to the school through the Performing Arts Center, Funds for Our Falcons, and Fund for Good Counsel. Tom has served on the Board of Directors since 2017.

Thomas & Patricia Fay

Kevin Blackistone '77


The Distinguished Alumnus 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.

Kevin Blackistone ’77 is a long time national sports columnist at the Washington Post, a professor of the practice for Philip Merrill COllege of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park, a panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn”, and a contributor to National Public Radio. Kevin has been a member of Dr. Paul Barker’s President’s Council of Advisors since 2016. He has also been instrumental in advising Good Counsel students in the revival of The Talon, Good Counsel’s school newspaper and mentoring students in the Black Student Association.


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.

When you think of the Good Counsel music program, one name comes to mind for many alumni, the beloved Dr. Richard Slocum. Dr. Slocum has held various leadership roles in the music and theater departments at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School for the past 39 years. He has inspired generations of falcons to pursue their passion in music.

Richard Slocum