The Fathers Club is a very active and present organization at Holy Child, open to all past and present Holy Child dads. The Club’s focus is on service projects, also sponsors dad-daughter outings, assists with school event logistics, and helps the school administration in providing Holy Child students with the finest facilities, equipment, professional help and coaching.
The biggest service project undertaking involves the Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center in Rockville, Maryland; the Fathers Club in conjunction with the Parents Association, provides all lunches and dinner to the residents for one full week in December.
The Fathers Club also participates at the Gonzaga Business Network Career Fair by volunteering at Gonzaga the night of the event, the first Wednesday in January from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm to assist with resume review, mock interviews, greet exhibitors and young alum attendees. More than 80 businesses, government agencies and non-profits who are interested in providing internships or full-time paid positions to young alums participate. Alums from Gonzaga, Stone Ridge, Holy Cross, and Visitation are also invited. Approximately 400 alums attend each year.
The highlight of the year is the annual Father-Daughter Communion Breakfast, a long-standing school tradition that will be held at school, in the Chapel, Sunday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a hearty breakfast in the Gym. The Fathers Club recognizes students for their service – all fathers and daughters are encouraged to attend. During the breakfast, a short, inspiring talk given by a Holy Child alumna whose career has encompassed community service, is featured. The event will end by 12:00 noon.
Dads also support the school’s largest fundraising event, the Gala, by sponsoring or underwriting some portion of the Gala, purchasing an ad in the program, and/or donating items for the silent or live auction, and, of course, attending the casual Hawaiian-themed event this year on Saturday, March 11 at the school.
The end of the year “Steak Out” occurs in May, with invitations extended to all new fathers for the upcoming school year.
All Holy Child fathers are invited to attend the Fathers Club meetings. Often we have speakers, and always we enjoy dinner, social networking, discuss fun outings and community service activities for fathers and their daughters and receive updates from Dr. Shannon Gomez on the goings on at school and areas where the school might need our help.
Meetings are held five times during the school year and include a light dinner and adult refreshments. Elections are held in the spring for the offices of President, Treasurer and two Members-at-Large.
Join us at 6:30 p.m. in McShain Library in Connelly Hall on the following dates. Our meetings adjourn at 8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. George Aguiar, Orthopedic Surgeon, former Redskins team physician and father of Sophia ’18 and Lucia ’19.
Speaker: Fr. Raymond Kemp, a DC native and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, Rev. Kemp serves as a Special Assistant to the President of Georgetown University. He is an active member of the Georgetown and DC communities and engages with students on issues of biblical and social justice. He is an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s Department of Theology. Father Kemp’s areas of interest include pastoral theology, liturgy, preaching, faith development, spirituality, Christian initiation, community organizing, urban development and urban politics.
(Meeting date has been rescheduled due to speakers planned for this evening – more information to follow.)
“Steak Out” Dinner
Consider a gift at the Leadership level of $1,500 and above, and be honored at a dinner in the spring.
There are three areas we're focused on. We invite you to read more about each one and see where you'd like to support Holy Child this year.
Your recurring gift may be changed or canceled at any time by contacting the Development office at (301) 365-0955.
Please consider joining our Head of School Society with a gift of $1,500 or more. Each year, we observe the generosity of our Head of School, Scholars, Cornelia Connelly and Holy Child Societies’ donors with a celebration in the spring. Please consider joining one of these societies. All gifts will be listed in the Annual Report according to the following gift categories:
Holy Child Society • $25,000 and above
Cornelia Connelly Society • $10,000-24,999
Scholars’ Society • $5,000-9,999
Willow Society •2,500-4,999
Head of School Society • $1,500-4,999
Blue and Gold Society • $500-1,499
Patrons’ Society • $100-499
Friends of Holy Child • $1-99
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