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!

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The Grand Celebration Executive Committee is in need of items for our online auction. Please check out our Amazon wish list for ideas or consider donating a vacation home, boat, service, or tickets to sporting events, concerts, or plays.

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We need leaders, like you, to sponsor this year's Grand Celebration. Benefits include an invitation to the VIP Reception and Auction preview, access to specialty cocktails in the VIP lounge all night, special recognition, and more.

Become a Sponsor

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 7 and join us for a memorable night of giving. Remember to invite your fellow Good Counsel friends and family, as the event sold out last year. Don’t miss the fun and reserve your ticket early.

Purchase Your Tickets

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Consider placing an ad in our event program, distributed electronically to thousands of Good Counsel community members.

  • Parish Ad: Add your family to your parish's ad, and ask fellow Good Counsel families in your parish to do the same.
  • Alumni Ad: Add your name to the alumni ad, and ask fellow classmates to do the same.

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Host A Party!

Consider hosting a gift gathering party. Invite your Good Counsel friends and ask each guest to bring an item for the Grand Celebration auction. This is a great way to support the event while making memories for your Good Counsel family. Contact Savannah Renehan at srenehan@olgchs.org for more details.



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.





OUR LADY AWARD

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.

Past Recipients

Congratulations to our past recipients.

  • Bob Clark '66 - 2018
  • Russ '79 and Paula Hamill - 2017
  • Debbie Gargan – 2016
  • Michelle Moore – 2015
  • Andrew McAleer ’74 – 2014
  • Elizabeth Lanigan – 2013
  • Joseph Hickson ’68 – 2012
  • Sharon Duffy – 2011
  • Anna Baumgartner – 2010
  • Bro. Lawrence Harvey, CFX – 2009
  • Rita O’Donnell – 2008
  • Eugene and Susan Filocco – 2007
  • Robert and Jeanne Bykowski – 2007
  • Kathy Hill – 2006
  • Ann Dickman – 2006
  • Hank Deily ’72 – 2006
  • Brian Coakley – 2006
  • Fitzgerald Family and Katie Kimmel ’00 – 2006
  • Mary Anne Flannery – 2005
  • Nancy Wheeler – 2005
  • Robert and Kathy Hass – 2004


1958 CORNERSTONE AWARD

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.

Past Recipients

Congratulations to our past recipients.

  • Brad Bolino '71 - 2017
  • Al '66 and Kathy Checchi - 2016
  • Ralph and Angela Boyd - 2015
  • Tim ’76 and Lori Dec – 2014
  • Brian and Connie Mattingly – 2013
  • Richard Urban ’62 – 2012
  • Joseph Magnolia, Sr. – 2011
  • Bernie and Connie Dancel -2010
  • Tom Dickerson ’66 – 2009
  • Mike and Betsy Bell – 2008
  • Brad Kline – 2007
  • Elizabeth Hyde – 2006
  • David ’75 and Lisa Higgins – 2006
  • E.I. Kane Family – 2006
  • John ’88 and Nelson ’81 Carbonell – 2004
  • James ’63 and Pat Arnaiz – 2004


DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
OF THE YEAR

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.

Past Recipients

Congratulations to our past recipients.

  • Billy Kappaz '89 - 2018
  • Timothy Welsh '84 - 2017
  • Fr. Steve Katsouros '77 – 2016
  • Rich Jeanneret '79 – 2015
  • William Riley, Jr. '68 – 2014
  • Rev. Robert Lawton, S.J., Ph.D. '65 – 2013
  • Thomas Johnson '76 – 2012
  • Alfred Checchi '66– 2011
  • Steve Richter '75 – 2010
  • David Higgins, MD '75 – 2009
  • James Arnaiz, Sr. '63 – 2004
  • David Higgins, MD '75 – 2002
  • George Arlotto '81 – 2001
  • Michael Murtaugh '77 – 2000
  • John Poulos '77 – 1999
  • Thomas Dickerson '66 – 1998
  • Rev Robert Lawton, S.J., Ph.D. '65 – 1996
  • David Higgins MD '75 – 1995
  • John Howard '62 – 1988


MAGNIFICAT AWARD

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.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 GRAND CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Xaverian Celebration Sponsor


Dickerson Family

Theodore Ryken Celebration Sponsors

Funds for Our Falcons Celebration Sponsors

Legacy Celebration Sponsors


In loving memory of David M. Boone '75


The Colella Family

Diamond Celebration Sponsors

Platinum Celebration Sponsors

Blue and Gold Celebration Sponsors

Community Partners

PLATINUM FALCONS

  • Capital Drywall, Inc.
  • DecisionPoint Corporation | Flood Family
  • GPN Title, Inc. | George Glekas '91 & Family
  • GrillMarX Steakhouse & Raw Bar
  • Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Inc. | Michael J. McCartin, CPCU & Family
  • Montgomery Medstar
  • Sardi's Polla A La Brasa | Sardelis Family
  • Top Dog Services | The Dickerson Family

GOLD FALCONS

  • Capital Carpets, Inc. | Givens Family
  • Chick-fil-A Olney
  • Gorman's Garments & Gear | Gorman Family
  • J&G Landscape Design | Potter Family
  • Richter & Associates | Steve E. Richter '75
  • Sandy Spring Bank
  • Selective Demolition & Selective Hauling
  • Servpro® Rockville-Olney & Silver Spring North | Gutierrez Family
  • Sunoco - River Hill & Olney | Wilhelm Family
  • Worch Electric | Worch Family

BLUE FALCONS

  • Allstate Insurance | Debbie Dooley-Vazzana & Kelly Dooley
  • Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc. | Shioutakon Family
  • C2 Education Olney
  • FlynnO'Hara Uniforms
  • Gaithersburg Garage Doors, Inc.
  • Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A. | Lanning Family
  • GymGuyz
  • Herff Jones | Marty Murphy, Representative
  • Putting on the Ritz
  • The House of Gbomai
  • Uneeda Plumbing & bath Remodeling | Schilling Family
  • Victor O'Neill Studios

Table Sponsors

  • Capital Drywall, Inc.
  • DecisionPoint Corporation | Flood Family
  • GPN Title, Inc. | George Glekas '91 & Family
  • GrillMarX Steakhouse & Raw Bar
  • Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Inc. | Michael J. McCartin, CPCU & Family
  • Montgomery Medstar
  • Sardi's Polla A La Brasa | Sardelis Family
  • Top Dog Services | The Dickerson Family