Over 170 Alumnae gathered at the Waynesborough Country Club on Sunday, April 15, for the Alumnae Liturgy and Brunch. The morning festivities began with the alumnae and several past parents celebrating the Eucharist together. After Mass, the guests enjoyed ample time to reconnect with classmates and reminisce about their days at Villa. The event celebrated the anniversary graduation years ending in 3 and 8, with special recognition going out to the Class of 1968, this year’s Golden Girl class.
2018 Award Recipients
The Ars Liberalis Award for Service was presented to Dottie Martin Toomey ’ 77 for her devout service to the church and Villa community for almost four decades. Dottie has served as the Choir Director and organist at St. Bernadette of Lourdes for 35 years and taught elementary education for 37 years. She also has been an active member of the Villa Maria Alumnae board since 1981 and is currently serving as the President.
Rosemary DiRita ’96 is the winner of the Sister Theresa Maxis Award for Leadership. Rosemary has been an advocate and leader in the non-profit community since she graduated college in 2000. Her roles have included Director of Volunteers and Family Services for Habitat for Humanity and Executive Director of Bike and Build. Bike and Build promotes cross-country cycling trips and engages young adults for a year in service while raising money for affordable housing across the country.
The donated raffle baskets helped raise over $2,800 for the Sister Mary Kelly scholarship. A heartfelt congratulations to the award winners honored on Sunday; we are proud and grateful for your dedication to Villa Maria.