Good morning, St. Patrick School Families!

After a few days of rest and recovery following our Swing into Spring on Cinco de Mayo fundraiser, I’m happy to report to our entire community that we had a very successful evening having fun while raising money for the school! We are still reconciling final numbers with our business manager, but it’s safe to say that we exceeded our goals and did it while having a fantastic time! I’ll send another update next week once the final tallies are complete and expenses paid.

We can’t thank everyone enough for the support on Friday evening. The volunteers who worked tirelessly to secure sponsors and donors, who set up the event and made sure everything looked beautiful and festive, and who did an impeccable job running our checkout process all deserve a hearty round of applause. Many special thanks to our small but mighty committee: Katie Conroy, Linda Donovan, Maria DiGoia, Rose Knox, Mary Murphy Phillips, Speiro Kalogerakis, Kathy Farelli, Angela Welsh, Angela Karogiannis, Gerard Marino, Miriam Vanoni, Cristina Silvestro, Trish Pratt, and all of our families as we took time away to work on this event.

The event wouldn’t have been as successful if it weren’t for our auctioneer, 4th grade dad, Mat Gagne. His enthusiasm, humor, and love for the school shone through as he encouraged us to raise our paddles for St. Patrick School.

It’s not too late to “Raise the Paddle”! Those who attended our event on Friday night heard about the school’s efforts to raise money for two playgrounds AND a 3-D printer to enhance the educational opportunities of our older students. Everyone was given the opportunity to “Raise the Paddle” for these efforts. I’m thrilled to announce that $16,000 was raised to be split between these initiatives. We want to extend the opportunity to the entire school to contribute to this exciting effort between now and the end of the school year. In addition!! I’m pleased to report that we will have a commemorative plaque made to recognize all of the families and individuals who contribute to this effort. So far, that plaque will include the 58 families who contributed on Friday night. We look forward to expanding the list!

If you’d like to pitch in, you may send in a check to St. Patrick School with the memo “Raise the Paddle” in any amount you’d like (on Friday evening we gave the options of $1000, $500, $250, $100, and $50). Alternatively, you may donate online using the school’s website ( and clicking on the yellow “Donate” button at the bottom. Just be sure to “Add special instructions to the seller” to indicate this is to be directed to the Raise the Paddle effort.

Attached right below you will find a link to a slideshow that we showed on Friday night that features each St. Patrick class telling us what they love about their school. I hope you enjoy it!

Fundraiser Slideshow

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend one more heartfelt “Thank You!” to our event sponsors who made this event possible!

Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry

The Damico Family

Walsh Landscaping

Earthworks Landscaping

The Rowan Family

The Dalton Family

Reading Orthodontics

BAE Systems, International

The Savings Bank

Zoo New England

Dr. Mickey’s Pediatric & Orthodontic Specialists

Wakefield Custom Dental

McDonald ~ Finnegan Funeral Home

Weiss Farm

The Intoppa Family

The Vanderploeg Family


Colarusso’s Bakery

The Dimambro Family

BC High School

Arlington Catholic High School

Bishop Fenwick High School

Ronnie Smith, Alwayz Entertainment

The North Ave Band

Our 22 families who purchased faculty sponsorships so that all of our faculty and staff members who wanted could attend for free!

Thank you!

Meg Rowan

Spring Fundraiser Recap and Slideshow