Approximately 200 people were in attendance. It was a pleasure to listen to Bishop David Ricken give a few thoughts about Catholic education in general and St. Mary's School in particular. His sister, Carol Ricken, former principal of St. Mary's School, also shared some beautiful memories of her time at the school. Many people were happy to see the Rickens again and were appreciative of their effort to make the trip to Cheyenne from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Numerous priests were on hand for the gathering including former Cathedral Rector, Rev. Gary Ruzicka. Several deacons from the city of Cheyenne were also present, including yours truly. We were also blessed to have Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen, Secretary of State Ed Murray, and County Commissioner Troy Thompson in attendance. Bishop Etienne was on hand to welcome and introduce Bishop Ricken to the crowd.
Catholic schools play a prominent role in our communities. It was wonderful to see so many people giving up their early morning hours to be present for this fundraising endeavor. They obviously recognize the value of Catholic education. I give a tip of my hat this morning to everyone connected with St. Mary's School in any fashion. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.