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Successful SMASH Fundraiser Honors Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C.

Successful SMASH Fundraiser Honors Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C.

Our 31st SMASH Gala & Auction was held on May 11 and honored the president-elect of the University of Notre Dame, Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C. "Father Bob" received the Heart of Monica Award for his lifetime in Catholic education from Mary and Jay Flaherty. Over 20 years ago, when Fr. Bob was priest-in-residence here at St. Monica, he helped launch our ministry with Holy Cross Parish in Africa. Next month, a contingent of about 10 rising seniors and faculty members from SMPREP will travel to Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya to continue our service.

SMASH featured Grammy Award-winning entertainment from the married duo Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, as well as performances by SMPREP student dancers and singers. Plus, guests enjoyed a culinary showcase from leading local restaurants Augie's on Main by Chef Josiah Citrin, Carbon Beach Club Restaurant | Malibu Beach Inn, Divino Brentwood, Lunetta, The MV Grab & Go and Pizzana. SMASH, co-chaired by SMPREP parents Darcy Cobb and Annie Belanger Wehrle, reached new heights in supporting the financial aid program for our Mariners. This annual event ensures the power of Catholic education is felt throughout our community, especially for families who otherwise could not be here.

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Ed Stokx with SMPREP students

Saint Monica Preparatory School Board President Ed Stokx has completed his six year term. We are grateful for his strong leadership, particularly during the transition to our successful new chapter as one unified TK-12 school.

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commencement speaker and graduates

Saint Monica Preparatory welcomed back one of our own esteemed alumni, Blake Van Putten '12 as the speaker at the 86th Annual Commencement. St. Monica, pray for our Class of 2024 during this exciting next chapter in their lives. SMPREP also celebrated three more of its athletes continuing their athletic careers at the college level in a spring signing ceremony. Athletic highlights also include Boys and Girls Track & Field breaking four all-time school records this season, and Mariner Boys Golf shooting a personal best 192.

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