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Saint Mary School Achieves Goal of Connecting with Alumni

IMG_3122SHREWSBURY – Opening its doors in September of 2007, the Saint Mary School Advancement Office goal was to build and maintain relationships the school’s almost 1,400 alumni and to raise much needed school funds.  Two and a half years later, the office has reconnected with the majority of its alumni and the Annual Fund campaigns continue to be well received.

The road to reconnection has been long and tedious; searching phone books, address lists, school and parish records, and even Facebook for alumni. “The outcome of the searches makes it all worthwhile.  I’m continually amazed at the personal and professional accomplishments of the Saint Mary School alumni” said Sira Naras, Saint Mary School Advancement Director. At a quick glance we have: Michael Kavanagh, award winning journalist, Peter and Michael Agbay, successful Wicked Good Cookies proprietors, internationally acclaimed musician and Papal music director Fr. Stephen Concordia, national headlining comedian Mike Birbiglia, WBZ TV news anchor Paula Eben, Massachusetts State Representative Karyn Polito, and award winning children’s book illustrator Ralph Masiello.  This list simply scratches the surface of the remarkable alumni of St. Mary School.

Artist Ralph Masiello ‘89 recently visited his childhood school to connect with today’s students in an all day event.  Mr. Masiello entertained groups from preschool to 8th grade with his amazing art work and amusing stories.  This presentation is just one of the many, now possible alumni related events hosted by the Saint Mary School Advancement Office since its inception.

Coming up next, the office is hosting the off-Broadway production of Late Nite Catechism.   The one-woman play called “inspired, well written, and hilarious” by the New York Times, will be presented on Saturday, May 15th at 8pm. Tickets for the show are $30 for general admission seating and $45 for premium seating.  A $45 dollar ticket offers premium seating as well as access to the private pre-show Meet “Sister” Wine and Cheese reception.  The night promises to be filled with laughter and fun as Saint Mary School reconnects with her alumni and raises funds for the school.  All proceeds go to the St. Mary School Annual Fund.

For more information on Late Nite Catechism, or to connect with Saint Mary School, please contact Sira Naras at (508) 845-6341, or email the Advancement Office at advancement@stmaryparish.org

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