SMA Gala- Our Light, Our Legacy, Celebrating SMA’s 130 Years

To celebrate St. Mary's Academy 130 years of educating young women of the Los Angeles area, a fun and festive affair was held Saturday evening, April 13, 2019 at the historic Millennium Biltmore. The sold out event highlighted the talents of current Belle students and several alumnae. Dale Breidenthal, Green Tie '77 and Juliana Rodriguez, Blue Tie '16, played as part of a string quartet during cocktail hour while guests visited, placed mobile bids on silent auction items and selected "wine pull " bottles of wine cleverly disguised as "nuns"! As guests entered the Gold Ballroom for dinner, student ambassadors assisted guests with locating their seats, and after prayer, both spoken and sung, the students performed a scene from the recent student play, "Sister Act". The singing and dancing performed by the "sisters" both delighted and entertained all present. During dinner, the audience heard from guest speaker, Rene Nourse, Blue Tie '72, who shared her success story in the world of finance and how her education at SMA made a huge impact on who she is today. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Red Tie, Pamela Black, '79 introduced the student speaker, Retha Little, Red Tie '19. Retha shared what it has meant to attend the all girls Catholic school and how she has thrived. As she discussed her life challenges and her hopes for the future, the attendees were moved. Five honorees were appreciated and acknowledged for all they have contributed to the students and the school, in so many ways - Bernita and Robert King, Sr. Kathleen Kelly, Blue Tie '52, Theresa Gartland and Kim Thomas- Barrios, Red Tie '79. We are grateful for the positive impacts they have and continue to make on the young women of the school. A live auction and "fund a need" component created a lively and competitive atmosphere, while raising funds to assist students to continue their education at SMA. The evening ended as it began on a musical note, with the Pullum Center Youth Jazz Ensemble. A good time was had by all, and here's to another 130 years!