Annual Blue and Gold Gala Electrifies Campus in Support of Students

Annual Blue and Gold Gala Electrifies Campus in Support of Students

Bright splashes of color and a festive atmosphere pulsated through campus, transforming Santa Margarita’s campus into this year’s Blue and Gold “Carvaval” themed gala. The Blue and Gold is the school’s largest fundraiser and benefits all SMCHS students. Thanks to the unwavering support and dedication of the SMCHS Eagle family, we are pleased to announce that this year's gala raised a record-breaking $340,178, with $177,050 for tuition assistance.

Carnaval is a five-day party in Brazil celebrating the beginning of Lent. During this time, the country unifies to celebrate its heritage and honor its ancestors. Similarly, the SM community gathered to celebrate nearly four decades of Catholic excellence in education. Thank you to donors who supported this event and everyone who helped, especially Cori Armstrong, the 2023 Blue and Gold Chair, and the Blue and Gold Committee.

Randy and Claudia Redwitz are among SMCHS’ founding families and have served the school through their generous gifts of time, talent and treasure for the past 35 years. The Caritas Christi Award for Servant Leadership was awarded by President Andy Sulick to this dedicated couple at the gala for their exemplary impact on SMCHS. Married for 50 years, they raised five children, four of whom graduated from SM and one from Cornelia Connelly. 

In his presentation that evening, Sulick expressed his appreciation for sharing sentiments from members of the SM community.

SM Vice President, Sergio Muniz '91 said,

“From the inception of Santa Margarita, they have been a guiding light, displaying hearts that humbly avoid the limelight but steadfastly support the cause of Catholic Education. Compassion is their foundation, faith their compass, and the love of family is the fuel that drives this incredible couple. As an alum, a current parent and an employee, I am eternally grateful for their efforts in making the dream of Catholic education a reality for countless students and for their unwavering support, which has shaped Santa Margarita into what it is today."

The SMCHS mens choir, steel drums and the dance team performed during the event. Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar provided the delectable “A Taste of Brazil” dinner and attendees danced the night away to the live band “Dancing to Knyght Ryder, an 80s Tribute Band.” 

Watch the Fund a Student video here.

View Carnaval photos here.

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