Due to the generosity of the Loyola Blakefield community, we are very proud to report over $347,000 in net proceeds via our Blue & Gold Gala.

We invite you to view this special tribute video in honor of Fr. Watters.

Winner's Choice Raffle
Brian ’93 and Kristine Cuomo, P ’21, ’23, were the winners of the 2020 Winner's Choice Raffle.
They have generously donated a portion of the prize in support of the Class of 1993 Christopher O’Neil Scholarship Fund.
Please join us in thanking them for their support. We are grateful for all those who purchased and sold raffle tickets. The top three sellers were:

1st place - Logan Hamel who received a $500 Visa card
2nd place - Christopher Fleschner who received a $250 Visa card
3rd place - Tucker Kuhn who received a $100 Visa card

Special thanks to our 2020 Gala Chairs, Aileen & Chad Eskildsen P '21, '23, and
all sponsors, volunteers, auction contributors, and participants.

Loyola Honors Fr. William Watters, S.J.

Loyola Blakefield proudly honors Father William “Bill” Watters, S.J. and his legacy as an ideal Ignatian educator: innovative, charitable, and committed to justice.

A member of the Loyola faculty in the early 1970’s, Fr. Watters’ work inspires us to continue the proud tradition of Jesuit education and dedicate ourselves to the service of those diminished by poverty and social injustice.

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    A member of the Loyola Blakefield staff in the early 1970s, Fr. Watters played an instrumental role in the racial integration of the high school. His work at Loyola inspired his lifelong commitment to expanding educational access to the marginalized. As founder and former President of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, and founder of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Fr. Watters has cemented a legacy of providing affordable Jesuit education to Baltimore’s most underserved populations.

    His most recent effort, the Loyola Early Learning Center, opened its doors in September 2017 and serves boys and girls from two to five years of age.

    “I am inspired to be sharing in our collective Jesuit mission to serve young people and their families who come from our city’s impoverished neighbor­hoods,” said Fr. Watters. “We offer them a chal­lenging and quality education that transforms their lives.”

    The schools that comprise his tremendous legacy in Baltimore are “services of faith,” that serve as beacons of hope for Maryland’s largest city. “We are trying to provide a quality education that prepares young people from the earliest age through middle and high school and encourages them through college so they can become productive citizens – men and women who give their time and talent to their city, which needs it desperately,” said Fr. Watters.

    In the face of closing schools and dwindling options for those living well below the poverty line, Fr. Watters rose to the challenge by creating thriving, faith-based communities that have inspired the lives of Baltimore’s youth and contributed to the city at large.

    A talented and determined fundraiser, Fr. Watters possesses a commitment and vision to inspire those in the most challenging of circumstances. His approach to being active in issues of education and social justice is simple: “Rather than curse the dark, light a candle.”

    Fr. Watters currently serves as President of the Loyola Early Learning Center and as Assisting Priest at the Saint Ignatius Catholic Community. Most recently, he held a leadership role on the Campaign Executive Committee for Ignite: The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield —the most successful fundraising effort in school history.


Presenting Sponsors ($20,000)
Mid-Atlantic Properties, Inc. / The Gioioso Family
The Sullivan Family

1852 Sponsors ($10,000)
Chad and Aileen Eskildsen P ’21, ’23
First National Bank
Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland
Carmine and Susanna Mistichelli P ’26
The Moag Family
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
AMDG Sponsors ($5,000)
Carroll Bodie ’63
The DeSantis Family
Patrick and Jennifer Herwig P ’23
Joe and Phyllis Johnson P ’79
Joe ’86 and Catherine Liberatore P ’22
Loyola University of Maryland
V&S Foundation
Magis Sponsors ($3,000)
Matt and Christy Bleach P ’20, ’24
Tim and Fran Cashman P ’10
CCS Fundraising
Andrew and Emily Davis P ’24
Edward A. St. John Foundation
Ellin & Tucker
Giant Foods
JMT Architecture
David and Julie Lynn P ’18
Still Water Labs
Target Marketing Group
Rob and Cheryl Troska P ’12
United Building Services
Ignatian Sponsors ($1,500)
Mark ’82 and Linda Altemus P ’23, ’23
Archdiocese of Baltimore
The Barrueto Family
Blandy Becker Realtor
Louis ’61 and Shawn Becker
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Joe and Kirsten Bradley P ’23, ’26 
Victor ‘78 and Karen DeSantis
Ron and Laura Erdman P ’21
Fulton Bank
HDC, Inc - John Harmon
Brian ’83 and Susan Hartman P ’09, ’10, ’14
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Ben and Anna Hermoso P ’21
J.K. Meek Group
Paul and Amanda Karpers P ’19
John ’75 and Mary Kelly P ’05, ’06
Mike ’86 and Melissa Leonard P ’19, ’23
Lewis Contractors
Jeffrey and Donna Lukish P ’14, ’21, ’25
Bill ’79 and Maria McCarthy 
John and Justin McLoughlin P ’17
Meehan & Roby, LLP
O’Conor, Mooney & Fitzgerald Realtors
Prime Lending
Mark ’72 and Cindy Rohde 
Mark and Julia Rineman P ’21
Saratoga Heyl Insurance Services
SC&H Group
Dave ’89 and Kristin Schiminger P ’21, ’24
J.P. ’89 and Mary Warren Scholtes P ’21, ’23
John and Victoria Sessler P ’17, ’21
Roger and Xandy Waesche P ’07, ’08, ’09, ’14
Michael ’82 and Courtney Wyatt P ’16, ’19
Bernardine Wyatt P ’82, ’85, ’87, GP ’16, ’19, ’22

Sponsorship Committee

John Kelly ’75, Chair
Mark ’82 and Linda Altemus P ’23, ’23 
Josh ’90 and Blandy Becker P ’23 
Matt Bollinger ’89, P ’23 
Edward Eby ’76 
Chad and Aileen Eskildsen P ’21, ’23 
Mark Gambo ’89, P ’22 
David McDonnell ’95
E.J. McNulty P ’22
Thomas Mooney ’76
John and Jennifer Sippel P ’25, ’26
Nick Valencia ’81, P ’23
Auction Committee
Jennifer Sippel P ’25, ’26, Chair
Tenea Allen P ’23
Tina Bognet P ’23
Aileen Eskildsen P ’21, ’23
Donna Kelly P ’20
Katie Kuhn P ’14, ’16, ’18, ’24
Isa Mills P ’18, ’21

Abbey Burger Bistro
Advanced Dermatology
Alpha Landscape Contractors
Atlantic Caterers
Baltimore Ravens
Skip Baker
Matt and Christy Bleach
Megan and John Brune
Jennie and Michael Burke
Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
Jason La Canfora
Cameron Commodari
CBS Sports
Flying Dog Brewery
Giant Foods
Jeff and Laurie Dahlka
Anthony and Laura Day
J.T. Dean
East Coast Dyes
Joe Enoch
Fick Bros. Roofing
Dr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
Arent Fox
Joe Franz
Game Truck of Howard Co.
Grillo Jewelers
GT Pizza
Hightopps Backstage Grille
Neil and Carolyn Hrdlick
Hunt Valley Country Club
Jim Kuhlman
John Wilson Lumber Company
Knott Mechanical, Inc.
Kona Ice
Joe Lacy
Phil Lazatti
Liz Hathaway Matthews Art
Loyola Blakefield Alumni Association
Loyola Blakefield Fathers’ Club
Loyola Blakefield Mothers’ Club
Loyola University
Mancini’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
John Marinacci
Maxalea, Inc.
Meritage Jewelers
Mike Messina
Michael’s Café
Millon Lacrosse
Isa Mills
Steve Morrill
Oakmont Green Golf Club
Pizza John
Prigel Family Creamery
Pro Nails & Spa
Prospect Bay Country Club
Putting on the Ritz Catering
Mark and Julia Rineman
Mark Rohde
Roland Park Driving School
Gayle Smith
Stanley Black & Decker
Stanwick Lacrosse, LLC
Stephen Jones Photography
Randy Valle
Roseda Farms
Julie and Joe Zuramski

Special thanks to all of our families for their contributions to the class baskets.
Special Volunteer Efforts
A special thank you to the many volunteers who donated their valuable time to assist in preparations for the 2020 Blue & Gold Gala including: Angela Barrueto, Blandy Becker, Molly Bell, Levelle Blanchard, Nancy Bollinger, Kirsten Bradley, Kate Bramhall, Jane Burka, Nina Carr, Autumn Clifton, Sina Cook, Alicia Cooper, Susan Cotter, Tara DeCapite, Lisa Doherty, Janet Easter, Aileen Eskildsen, Janet Green, Carolyn Hrdlick, Ellen Janson, Tracey Keeney, Cara Klaers, Melissa Leonard, Donna Lukish, Carina Malabayabas, Stephanie McClure, Mary Ellen McLaughlin, Erica Meadows, Isa Mills, Janice Moore, Ru Perera, Lisa Rapisarda, Kristen Rudolph, Michelle Sauter, Kim Schleiff, Lauri Shropshire, Jennifer Sippel, Mary Snyder, Suzanne Stromberg, Tara Verch, and Stacy Verner. 

Many thanks to the Loyola Blakefield alumni, faculty, friends, parents, and staff for their time, talent, and support in preparation for the 2020 Blue & Gold Gala.


Erin Adams-Ports
Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
410-823-0601 Ext. 662
500 Chestnut Ave. Towson, MD 21204
Ph: 410-823-0601