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Have Fun Giving Back.
Spring Celebration: May 16, 2015
Our annual fun and fundraising event highlights the strength and endurance of Monarch pride.
We broke all records by netting
$23,000 for give back to MHS!
Alumni across generations came together to reconnect with old friends, meet MHS faculty and students, pay tribute to our college scholarship recipients, swing to the beat of the MHS Marching Band and enjoy great food
on a beautiful, sunny day at the Lakes.
A sincere thank you to alumni present and those unable to attend for your generosity.
The day began with a welcome by Beverly Worthington Silsbee ’65, President. She proudly announced that MHMAA gave back nearly $85,000 during the past six years! Everyone then enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner while being entertained by the returning Karaoke Kings and the MHS Marching Band, led by Music Teacher Bryan Lackey.
MHS teachers, administrators and students joined our celebration, including Mr. Otis Lockett, Senior Counselor, Ms. Eno Attah Meekins, STEM Coordinator and Librarian, Donald Meekins, Social Studies teacher, and Ms. Reyna Haro, Spanish teacher.
David Bustamante ’72, our talented emcee, opened the program. He and Sonia Maldonado, '11, (a previous recipient and senior at UCLA), had the honor of presenting 5 - $500 Continuing College Awards. The five recipients who were present included :
Adrian Araujo ’12 (junior at UCSB);
Miriam Ramirez ’12 (junior at UCLA),
Cristina Beccara (sophomore at UCI) and
Adam Villalpando, ’13 (sophomore at UCLA).
Mishelle Estrada '14 (freshman at Cal State Fullerton)
These fantastic students make us all very proud!
This year marked our first Puzzle Challenge!
Linda Thompson '60, organized a puzzle contest challenging Monarchs to identify Beatle songs. The first table to finish the puzzle was to win a prize. But these alums were so talented, four tables tied and prizes were awared to all! Very fun!
Thank you Linda for a terrific game!
The Silent Auction was spectacular! Among the 21 creative items up for bid were "Eat. Walk. Enjoy" - a Farmers Market Walking Tour, "Abra Kadabra" - 8 VIP tickets to the Magic Castle, and a beautiful porcelain doll. Many thanks to the donors and the buyers.
This year’s auction netted $1,475.
Each year a few alums offer a challenge for others to match. Our four generous challengers were Nancy Bennett
Larr ’65 and Larry Fox '65 ($1,000 for Academics); Mike (’57) and Linda (’59) Jacobs ($1000 for the Arts) and Carol Gilbert ’65 ($1,000 for the Scholarships).
Their challenges were exceeded. WOW!
The event’s finale was the announcement of the lucky drawing winner of the iPad Air. Valerie O'Donnell Records was the winner. But since she had won two years ago, she decided to give it to Charlene Brax Ospital, her good friend since 5th grade who really wanted an iPad!
Lucky Charlene having a friend like Valerie!
Thanks to our dedicated Spring Celebration Committee: Charlene Brax Ospital ’65 and Beverly Worthington Silsbee ’65 (Co-Chairs), Patsy McMullin Brierley ’60, Carrie Anthony Colby ’65, David Bustamante '72, Nancy Bennett Larr ’65, Valerie O'Donnell Records '65, and Linda Jeffe Thompson '60.
Lots of work, but even more fun!
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MHMAA: 6 Years
Having Fun...Giving Back.
Spring Celebration Nets
$23,000 for MHS!
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Local “Lodians” welcomed the ’58 graduates with food and friendship. Visitors stayed in a variety of venues – primarily hotels and B&B’s. Red and white was the theme of the day complete with treasured memorabilia: photos, programs, yearbooks, vintage music, etc.
Members of the Class of ’58 continue to support Morningside High and its students with generous donations of time, dollars and materials. The Monarch spirit is still very much alive with these grads who look forward to their 60th reunion in 2018.
Many thanks to Hedy Davis Kirsh ('58) for sharing! Sounds like a wonderful event.
General Meeting: October 13, 2016
Our annual General Meeting was both fun and informative. Members and friends who gathered in the library were welcomed by President Beverly Worthington Silsbee. Mr. Isaac Burgess, MHS principal, thanked attendees for their generous support. Dr. Reginald Sirls, past principal and Executive Director of Secondary Support, provided an update on IUSD. The program included three reports by faculty and two updates from Class Presidents. The business part of the meeting included a review of the past year, the proposed budget and program plans, and the election of new Board members. The highlight of the meeting was having lunch with 20 deserving students who were selected to receive ASB Activity cards (allowing free access to sports and cultural events) because of their outstanding citizenship at MHS. These cards were all sponsored by MHMAA active members.