Friends of Gehlen Catholic Ball exceeds $250,000

LE MARS – More than 760 guests were treated to “A Class Act” at the 2016 Friends of Gehlen Catholic Ball on April 16 at the Le Mars Convention Center.

The evening began with a sit-down, three course meal prepared by Timmy’s Catering, served by Gehlen Catholic’s 7th through 12th graders, with the assistance of several Gehlen Catholic parents.

The auction featured five clusters on two flights including Gehlen, Spalding, and Religious; Spirit; Trips and Travel; Wine and Dining; and Treat Yourself. The top bidders of the night included: Name the Gym in memory of Jason Puetz (’96); The Pieta’ woodcarving from a 2016 Holy Land Pilgrimage couple procured by Jack and LaVon Holton; Gehlen Catholic scoreboards by Paul Gengler and Steve Schuster; a grandfather’s clock from Dick Ahlers Clock purchased by Jason and Jessica Wendt; a Black Hills Cabin retreat also donated by Dick Ahlers, which was won by Lexi from Hugo’s; and a $2,500 tuition voucher by Dr. Juan Uribe.

This year’s spring raffle winners were Tim and Linda Grady of Le Mars, $5,000; Rick and Gina Kellen of Alton, $3,000 and Chuck and Tina Reuter of Le Mars, $2,000.

Gehlen Catholic President Father Kevin Richter presented the Spirit of Peter Gehlen Award to Mike and Joan Driscoll. In his presentation, Father Richter elaborated on the many ways in which the Driscolls’ servant leadership, like Peter Gehlen, has impacted the community, school, and Catholic Church. Mike is a 1968 Gehlen graduate and Joan is a 1969 Algona Garrigan alum. In 1998, the Driscolls established Drico Products in Le Mars.

Following the Driscolls’ presentation, seniors, Megan Kellen of Alton and Krayton Schnepf of Granville, shared how their Catholic education has provided them a foundation of “Faith, Values, Service, Academic Excellence, and Leadership.”  The two young women met in first grade playing on the same YMCA basketball team.  Nine short years later, through unification of Gehlen and Spalding Catholic High School, the two young women’s lives have been united again.

The level of support was not only evident at the end of the program and prior to the dance, but continues to grow over the weekend and into the next week. As of press time, the 2016 Friends of Gehlen Catholic Ball raised more than $250,000.

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