The Bear Facts

April 9, 2016

Good morning! I’m James Quinlin!

I’m Devin Degen!

And I’m Andrew Lallier! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Tonight is Gala 2016. This is the twenty-seventh year for the school’s biggest fundraiser, which over the years has brought in almost six million dollars to help support Garrigan and Seton. This year’s Gala theme is “Rio Revealed”, and the event includes a special dedication to Garrigan staff members Gene Meister and Steve Brosnan, who are no longer with us.

One of the highlights of Gala every year is the meal. This year’s menu begins with appetizers—including roasted rosemary potatoes with shrimp in red sauce, chicken and chipotle nachos with cilantro crema, and misto quente—a special Brazilian ham sandwich. That will be followed up by ancho chili corn chowder with sour cream and green onions.

The salad is a tostada with romaine in avocado dressing with pineapple, papaya, mango, and peppers. Following that is the main course: tenderloin of beef with brandy and tomato cream sauce. On the side will be cilantro lime rice, roasted red peppers, and green beans. Finally for dessert guests will enjoy torta mousse de maracuja—a creamy custard cake. It’s accompanied by brigadeiro—a treat made of condensed milk and powdered chocolate, and strawberries will be served on the side.

There are lots of games to keep people entertained throughout the evening. Some of the new options include a “Mystery Medal Grab” and “Heads or Tails”. There’s also the traditional chest of chance, half chance, and last chance events, as well as key club and a variety of raffles. Also throughout the evening guests can bid on hundreds of silent auction items at tables spread around Friedmann Auditorium.

The evening also includes more than seventy live auction items. Values range from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand, with some that are literally priceless. Furniture and sporting goods will be auctioned off, as well as a wide range of services and premium seats at Golden Bear events.

There are literally hundreds of people who work behind the scenes to make Gala a success every year. John and Meridith Reding, Zeb and Katie Besch, and Andy and Jean Kuper are the overall Gala chairs. They work together with Development Director Mindy Laubenthal and her staff, dozens of adult volunteers, and nearly half of the Garrigan students to turn the old gym into a beautiful ballroom and serve an elegant meal. Thanks to everyone who helps out with Gala!

This past week publications students took group pictures of all the different school activities. This year Mary McCall and Sheena Pease are in charge of publications, and they have four students working on the yearbook. This year’s publications class includes Livia Miller, Chloe Garman, Courtney Kirsch, and Precious Robeson.

Last week we had a professional film crew at Garrigan. They were producing a promotional documentary on the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. The filmmakers chose to shoot at Garrigan because of the way both the school and community got involved to help freshman Bryce Capesius as he fought to overcome cancer. Filmmakers followed Bryce around school and interviewed many of his teachers, friends, and teammates during the day.

Next week we’ll have tryouts for the Golden Bear danz squad. Garrigan has a long tradition of success in dance, including both individual and group state championships this past year. They’re hoping for a large group of girls to keep that tradition going next year.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on McKaila Cink. McKaila comes to Garrigan from the Wesley area. In her years at Garrigan her biggest activity has probably been choir. When asked about school, she said she really enjoyed the family atmosphere we have here. McKaila plans to attend NIACC in Mason City next year, where she’ll major in early childhood education. We wish her all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar, tonight is Gala 2016. Then on Monday the Bears will host a co-ed golf meet with Eagle Grove and Lake Mills.

Tuesday there’s girls track at Algona High. Wednesday sophomores will be taking placement tests for taking college-credit classes. At noon that day the senior girls will have a special luncheon where they’ll learn about the dangers of college life.

We’ll dismiss early for teacher inservice on Wednesday. That night the junior high music students will present the show Godspell.

Thursday there’s another co-ed golf meet, with the Bears hosting West Hancock and Garner Hayfield Ventura. There’s also boys golf at Lake Mills that night. Finally on Friday there’s boys track at Estherville and the girls host the Bishop Garrigan Relays at Algona High.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.