Annual Madonna event a success

To the editor:

The annual Friends of Madonna Picnic was held Aug. 2. Although the weather did not cooperate with our outdoor event, the picnic was a success nonetheless. As director of advancement at Madonna High School, I want to express my sincerest appreciation to all of those who contributed to make this event a success.

The Friends of Madonna picnic has been a Madonna tradition for decades, providing food, entertainment, fun and games to the local community. This year’s event was once again held at the Madonna School Grounds. The event was moved a day earlier than normal and shortened to a half-day event. The picnic kicked off with Mass in the gymnasium led by the Rev. Manny Gelido. The evening included the popular Fiesta Ware Quarter Toss, inflatables provided by Movin’ and Groovin’ Productions and music by the State of Mind band. Food was prepared courtesy of the Madonna families; the classes provided root beer floats, hot fudge sundaes and baked goods; and drawings and games were available.

The success of the day hinged on the numerous volunteers who dedicated their time and talents to the picnic and to Madonna High School. I would like to thank the students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff and friends of Madonna High School for their support in making this event a success, including: Homer Laughlin China Co., Pepsi-Cola, Waldorf Distributing, Wine and Beverage Merchants, Kroger, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Paul’s Parish, Sacred Heart of Mary Parish, the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, Movin’ and Groovin’ Productions, Blaise Hogan, the Pulice Family, the Basil Family, the Clements Family, Jerry Woodland, Becky Biodillo and the entire kitchen staff, Beth DiGregorio and Jeanne Duffy, Rocky Bragg and the Over-Under Team, the Catholic school advisory council, Principal Jamie Lesho, Ashley Ruttencutter, the advancement advisory committee and all of the alumni and parent volunteers.

The dedication of these people and so many others made the entire day a success despite the rain.

Madonna High School seeks to prepare its students for a successful future, spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially in an environment of a caring community in the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The high school has been an important resource in our community since 1955.

If you were unable to attend the picnic and are interested in Madonna High School, please check out our website at www.weirtonmadonna.org or contact the Madonna High School Office to schedule a visit.

Jennifer M. Parker

Director of advancement

Madonna High School