Alumnae Newsletter
January 2017

MERCY GRAS FIESTA 2017 

                
BUY YOUR FIESTA TICKETS NOW!  
FIESTA tickets are on sale now!  Grab your friends and buy a table!  Alumnae may purchase two tickets at $75 each.  Let's make this a record breaking year for attendance and money raised.
 
WINDOW SHOP NOW
Can't wait to see what items are up for bid?  You don't have to!  Visit https://portal11.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe301999/main/home.html
and click on the shop items section.  View all the gift certificates, baskets and silent auction items up for bid.  Bidding will start one week before FIESTA.  Live auction items coming soon!
 
LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW
We are still gathering live auction items but wanted to give you a little preview of what we have up for grabs this year!

  • Big East Basketball Tournament Package- Follow the red hot Bluejays to New York for the Big East Tournament.  The Big East boasts one of the toughest conference in the country with 4 teams in the top 25.  This package includes four all-tournament passes and four nights in two suites from March 8-11, 2017 at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel across the street from Madison Square Garden. This is the same hotel the players will be staying!
  • An Evening with Coldplay- "A Head Full of Dreams Tour" is coming Omaha and you do not want to miss this must see show!  You and three friends can sing along to Coldplay's best hits and newest number ones on August 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  Seats are in Section 106, Row 1, Seats 13-16.  Enjoy dinner at the Old Mattress Factory with a $150 gift certificate before the show. 
  • Prairie Club Package-Love golf?  Then this is the package for you.  Two days of unlimited golf with carts at The Prairie Club in Valentine, NE.  The Dunes Course at Prairie Club was just named one of America's Second 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest!  Also includes one night of lodging in double rooms for four people (Sunday-Wednesday arrival).  Don't feel like driving? No problem.  Extreme Limousine will pick you up and drive you to and from The Prairie Club in either one of their limos or their beautiful Mercedes van!  Details for transportation to be arranged directly with Chuck at Extreme Limousine.  To be used in 2017. 

BOWLING PARTY AT ICC BUY IN
Always wanted to hang out with your favorite high school teachers?  Here is your chance.  This year's ICC Bowling Party will be a buy in item.  So grab a couple of friends and reserve your spot for bowling, pizza and drinks (2) on us!  This party will be hosted by none other than Ms. Newville, Mrs. Vankat, Mrs. Wessling, Mrs. Kessler and Ms. Marcuccio! 
 
ROOMS AVAILABLE AT EMBASSY!
Embassy has offered a block of rooms at a discounted rate for FIESTA goers.  Rooms will be only $119 that evening.  Rooms must be booked by February 20.  Call the Embassy at 402.331.7400 and ask for the FIESTA rate.
 
CAN'T ATTEND FIESTA?
We know that not everyone will be able to attend FIESTA but we hope that you will still consider getting involved.  We are still accepting donations including gift certificates, baskets and bottles of wine.  We also know a reliable nun who would be happy to bid as your proxy if there is a live auction item you are really interested in!  Or just spread the word!  Tell your friends, neighbors, family, people at the grocery store about Mercy and FIESTA!  Your support is vital to our success and the continued education of young Women of Mercy. 
 

TRIVIA NIGHT
Teams of alumnae, parents, family and friends participated in the annual Trivia Night on January 14.

Trivia Competition top 5 finishers:
Hoofhearted
Team Don Rickles
Rogue One
Brainiacs
Calendar Challengers

Table Theme Winners:
2016 #theyeareveryonedied
Social Butterflies

NHS/HOLY CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
You can give the gift of life!  Donate blood in 2017. The NHS/Holy Cross Blood Red Cross Blood Drive is Saturday, January 28 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Holy Cross School Cafeteria. For an appointment, go to  www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code HolyCrossOmaha. 

ALUMNAE FEATURES
Our alumnae are sharing their stories with us at   http://mercyhigh.org/alumnae-features/.  New stories are added periodically.  Read about recent graduates who are finding success at college or an educator teaching pharmacy students. 

If you would know of an alumnae who should be featured, contact Deborah Daley, Communications Director at  daleyd@mercyhigh.org. 

SAVE-THE-DATE

MacBeth: Winter Play
Saturday, January 28
Sunday, January 29 

NHS/ Holy Cross Blood Drive
Saturday, January 28

One Sweet Concert
Friday, February 3

FIESTA
Saturday, February 25, 2017

All-School Reunion
Sunday, June 4, 2017

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