SC Cavalcade…and Bradenton, FL, makes “Six”

The “St. Charles Cavalcade” has added and completed another stop on its slate of annual alumni gatherings held across the state and country.

This past weekend (March 2nd & 3rd), members of the school’s Development Office traveled with St. Charles Principal Jim Lower to Bradenton, FL, to enjoy Carolian Camaraderie at separate events on Friday and Saturday.

Click HERE to view photos of the trip  on the St. Charles Facebook page…

[Photo, below: Gathering at “Pier 22”: Seated, from left — Matt Baehr ’95,  John Mullin ’54 and Jim Grace ’54; Front row, from left — Jim Lower (Principal), Nina Keyes (Development Office Assistant), Michael Welsch (Development Officer), Paul Theado ’63, James Dillard ’87, Dave Dorward ’59,  Joe Rath ’67, Dan Rath ’99, Alex Brown ’11, Press Southworth ’88, Mike Duffy (Development Director), Daniel Tarpy (Development Officer) and Cherri Taynor (Development Officer); Back from left — Roger Lammers ’85, Bill Fannin ’82, Kevin Schockling ’85, Tom Stepanovsky ’63, Adam Ritter ’03 and Kyle Ritter ’05.]

On Friday, the SC group was invited to join alumni and spouses from the Class of 1954 — a mix of snowbirds and year-round state residents — who have been meeting for lunch annually each winter in Florida. This year, lunch was at “Caddy’s on the Point.” All enjoyed great conversation and story-telling; beverages of all flavors, colors and potencies; and a wonderful seafood lunch (it was a Lenten Friday, after all…though what else would you order when you are that close to the ocean?).

It was the school’s turn to host things on Saturday! The SC group welcomed alumni and spouses to “Pier 22” alongside a beautiful marina. Along with an open bar, guests snacked on delicious appetizers (Calamari and Balsamic Chips drizzled with gorgonzola dressing and toppings) and a seafood menu that included a choice of a salmon BLT, shaved tenderloin salad, French Dip or broiled crab cake.

Alumni had the opportunity to meet other Carolians living there in the state and for those in Columbus to catch up with the happening of the Floridians. And just as he did Friday, Principal Lower shared with everyone an update of what is going on at the school and the accomplishments of its student-athletes.

In addition, Mr. Lower shared news (with colorful posters showing artistic renderings) of St. Charles’ future: plans to construct a building to house a new gymnasium, science labs, lecture halls and classrooms; building a new baseball stadium; the purchase of off-campus property for future expansion; and continuing to grow the St. Charles Endowment Fund.

[Photo, above: The Class of 1954 snowbirds held their annual gathering in sunny Florida on March 2nd at Caddy’s On the Point in Bradenton, in the Tampa Bay area on the state’s west coast. From left —  Jim Grace, John “Moon” Mullin, Jerry Welch, Max Miller, Don Adams and Bob Ryan.]

In addition to Bradenton, representatives of the school have hosted alumni gatherings this year in Annapolis, Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati and Charlotte.

If you live in one of these cities, and would like to learn about the next visit there, please contact Alumni Director Louis J. Fabro ’83 ([email protected]) and he’ll share what is set and what is still being developed.