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FIESTA 2018 lived up to its name—Mercy-The Gold Standard. The event, which took place on Saturday, February 17, raised funds for the school’s Negotiated Tuition Program, hit several major milestones and brought 460 alumnae, parents, faculty, staff, donors and friends to the La Vista Conference Center to celebrate Mercy High School.  The theme was a bold, sophisticated and elegant statement of Mercy’s outcomes--- empowering young women to achieve their full potential.

Some of the highlights included: 

· Close to $360,000 was raised---one of the highest totals in recent years 

· Pat O’Neill Sauerman ’65 was named the winner of the Distinguished Woman of Mercy Alumna Award. 

· A video of the student body singing the Suscipe overlaid with photos of Mercy Girls past and present.  It is available at

· An overview of Mercy’s new branding given by Leanne Prewitt ’97, Board Member and Creative Director, Ervin & Smith. 

· Participants showed their support during a special fundraising segment at the event to renovate Mercy’s science labs incentivized by a $75,000 matching grant from the Dr. C. C. and Mabel Criss Memorial Foundation.  More than $153,000 was raised ---the most ever in ‘a raise the paddle segment.’ 

· New this year, the ability to purchase a Golden Ticket for $100.  FiftyGolden Tickets were sold in less than 15 minutes, giving the lucky winner the opportunity to pick a live auction item of their choice.  This year’s  lucky winner, Patricia Cavanaugh, selected a week-long trip to Marina Fiesta Resort Los Cabos.  


Serving as FIESTA 2018 Chairs were Mercy parents, Lynn and Brad Muse. They were assisted by hundreds of volunteers who did everything from setting up the event to soliciting auction items , registering attendees, selling and organizing wine sales, Golden Tickets and raffle tickets, and more. They were joined by close to 100 students who greeted guests, helped attendees bid with personal devices, sold gift boxes, promoted live auction items, and supported pick-up. 

In a ballroom of high energy, guests mingled with each other, decked out in glitter and gold, viewing hundreds of baskets, collectibles, art objects and more. When the program began, Mistress of Ceremony Molly Cavanaugh ’90 kept the evening on schedule as attendees gathered at tablesadorned with centerpieces of large blue and gold “M” monograms, gold beads and “feathers in our cap,” along with golden lit-up branches adorned with our signature monarchs. 

Attendees received instant updates on personal devices for bids they made on items in Bidpal throughout the night.  During the live and super silent auction, bidders could purchase vacation trips, Nebraska Cornhusker, College World Series and Cubs tickets, a half side of beef, concert tickets, golf packages, a vase with cash, and more.

In addition to monies raised that evening, many businesses and individuals provided sponsorship and underwriting support, and purchased advertising in the event’s catalog. 

Student Council President, Hannah Fenton ’18, spoke and reminded the audience that “Mercy challenges me to extend my knowledge further than the classroom and into the world where I know I am capable of being a positive, contributing member of society.  I am proud to be part of a school that stands for something greater, where I have come to know myself, to know my morals, and be confident that I will achieve the life that God has planned for me.”

The students, faculty and staff of Mercy High School are grateful for the generosity  shown to the school by its alumnae, parents and friends.  This event and the mission of Mercy cannot succeed without that support. Thank you for helping to make FIESTA 2018-The Gold Standard.