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BY: Catherine Miller | April 08, 2014

SOUTH BUFFALO - The 20’s roared into the Mt. Mercy McCauley Gala on April 5 as jazz played and flappers danced the night away in the black and white decorated event hall at Mount Mercy Academy.

The school’s largest fundraiser of the year, the McCauley Gala was attended by approximately 300 parents, alumni, and friends of Mount Mercy dressed in their finest 1920’s garb.

As usual the raffles and auctions of the evening were one of the highlights of the night. The Genovese family of Hamburg won the $1000 shopping spree to the mall of their choice, and four 100 level tickets to the Sabres game on April 8 were awarded to Ed and Kathy Simoncelli of West Seneca. Fred and Lisa Kirisits took home a large flat-screen TV and other electronics. An adorable golden retriever “Daisy” was won by senior Haley Sullivan and her family.

Frontier Catering donated two prizes of eight dinners. The auction winners were Michele Renzoni and Carl Paladino. Paladino then donated his dinners to the Sisters of Mercy for their enjoyment.

Mount Mercy Academy has been a mainstay in the South Buffalo educational community since 1904. For more than 100 years the more than 12,000 graduates of Mount Mercy Academy have continued to contribute to the mission of the community for well after their time in the hallowed halls of the all-girls high-school.

“I truly appreciate the values that I was taught at Mount Mercy Academy,” stated Mary Waters-McDonald, an ’81 graduate of MMA, as she attended the gala event, “Looking back the value of commitment to family, community, and God stayed with me. Mount Mercy did a great job preparing us for college.”

While the McCauley Gala may be over for another year, there are still great events to participate in at MMA in the coming months.

Mount Mercy will again be holding their Camp Mercy event from July 21 – 25. Girls between the ages of 8-13 yrs. old are invited for this week long session designed to instill creativity and confidence into the participants while they explore fine arts, technology, creative writing and world cultures in a fun, inspirational atmosphere.

Monday, August 4 MMA will host their annual “Fore” Golf Tournament. Men and women are invited to join in the fun at the Diamond Hawk Golf Course. Proceeds from the golf tournament help fund the athletics division of Mount Mercy. Interested golfers can watch the MMA website to sign up on line or contact Athletic Director Doug Webster at 825-8796.

The next public MMA event is the annual MMA 5k run, scheduled for Friday, June 13. Join the runners or walkers in this beginning of summer tradition which is topped off by a post-race party in the MMA grotto behind the school, with live music. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alumnae Scholarship Fund for MMA students.

Mount Mercy students contribute tens of thousands of community service hours to area events and businesses each school year. The students are engaged in area college curriculum and graduates continually exceed the requirement standards set by New York State Education Department. Continued support of the school helps to ensure that this local academic asset will remain a vibrant part of our local community.

You can register for the run and other events at www.mtmercy.org or by calling Leanne Maloney at 825-8796 ext. 306.

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