Magic Making at The Mount

Magic Making at The Mount

Magic Making at The Mount

content written by Megan Thele ‘16

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School’s annual gala, Magic at The Mount, celebrated its 25th year by raising a record-breaking $214,242.

Every element of the evening was leveled up for the occasion, namely with the gala moving to the new Omni Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Returning and first time guests alike were treated to a first class experience from cocktail hour to late night dancing.

“Magic at The Mount 2022 was one of the best I’ve experienced and I’ve been in attendance since the very first one,” said Janis Streets ‘76 Mollman. “The food was delicious, the service was above average and the auction items were desirable.”

The event has grown from the first Magic in 1997, where students helped serve food in the auditorium to raise money for new auditorium chairs.

Magic’s live portion was kickstarted by an emotive video that instilled in the crowd that we are all The Mount. Director of Advancement Chris Stiles followed this with a reflection on our paths and staying true to the path God has placed before us.

“When you go through uncertain times, the solution is simple - go back to what is certain,” Stiles said. “Get on the path God has placed before us because Mount St. Mary is about God, it is about faith, it is about love, it is about learning and it is about forgiveness.”

The evening’s fun then continued with a heads or tails game to determine the winner of the 50/50 raffle. Sides were chosen and beads were tossed until Jay Mauldin of El Reno was declared the winner. His half of the $7,850 jackpot barely made it back to the table before Mauldin decided to donate it back to the MSM Rockets for Life project.

“This was our first Gala and it was great to see the support from so many people,” Mauldin said. “While our children aren’t old enough for high school yet, we were inspired by the faith in action displayed by the students like Meah [Allison ‘23] in the Rockets for Life Ultrasound Project. These works of mercy are precisely what makes The Mount so special to us.”

Each year the Fund-A-Need portion of the live program helps fund improvement projects for the school and campus. The first need was an addition to a previous Fund-A-Need project, the fence around campus, which will see security gates added to the student parking lot. Guests raised $25,040 to match a standing gift to reach the $40,000 needed for the project.

Last year’s Fund-A-Need supported Chapel renovations and this year’s effort funded the smaller, but necessary celebratory elements of the Chapel, such as altar linens, a chalice, an ambo and vestments.

“I am so grateful to all those who donated to furnish our beautiful Chapel,” said Fr. Alex Kroll, chaplain to The Mount. “Students for years to come will be drawn into the beauty of the liturgy because of your generosity.”

The fun continued to flow as the live auction bubbled with prospects of extravagant trips, unique experiences and a bidding war for dinner with Fr. Kroll. A main attraction proved to be a South African photo safari trip for four as bidders kept wagering higher stakes until Wyll and Lori Yabut, parents to Christian Yabut ‘19 and Isaiah Yabut ‘22, were victorious.

“[The Gala] offered a venue to support The Mount financially and be around our Mount family,” said Wyll Yabut. “It was our first time attending the Gala and wish we would’ve attended more in the past. It was a good venue to get us all back together as a community and a good reminder for us to stick to our Mount path together.”

Throughout the evening, familiar faces mingled with new company in the halls, around auction items, over dinner and on the dance floor while SuperFreak played the night away. Old classmates reunited, parents of current students reconnected and supporting partners became family as every corner of the Mount community was intermixed.

“[I was] so proud to see our community come together to support the mission of Mount St. Mary,” said Jamie Ersteniuk, Gala volunteer and parent to Jaxon Ersteniuk ‘25. “It reinforced our decision to join the MSM family.”

After 25 years, Magic at The Mount has continued to grow to best serve the needs of Mount students, families and community through fundraising and generous gifts. Aside from allocated gifts like Fund-A-Need, the money raised at Magic goes straight back into the school to support current and future generations of Mount students.

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