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The Ursuline gala History

For eleven years, the Ursuline gala was celebrated as the "Brescia Ball." We gratefully acknowledge the past Brescia Ball Honorees for their dedication to the motto of Serviam and Ursuline Academy’s mission, and remember the success of our past events.

Brescia Ball 2018: Denim and Diamonds


2018 Brescia Ball
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Denim and Diamonds
Celebrating Strong Young Women
with Hearts that Shine!

Honorees: Ursuline's students - the diamonds in our midst!

For the first time in its twelve-year history, the Brescia Ball was held on the Ursuline campus in the Reynolds Family Athletic & Convocation Center.  The theme of Denim and Diamonds lent itself to a more casual yet elegant atmosphere than past Brescia Balls, and placed the spotlight squarely on Ursuline students, who sparkled as they provided vocal entertainment for the guests, and whose educational experience benefited from the proceeds earned.

Guests enjoyed cocktails on the track overlooking the gym floor, which had been transformed into a western-style cafe with a bluegrass band and casual seating including high tops and couches to relax on.  A variety of food stations provided dinner choices to please everyone.  From parents of current students to recent and not-so-recent alumnae, guests agreed that the set-up lent to a more fun and festive atmosphere than a traditional sit-down dinner.

A special thank you to the hard work of the committee members - Julie Steinkrauss, Kitty McDonald, Elizabeth King, Tracey Finch, and Sandra Giordano - as well as all of our sponsors, auction item donors, and volunteers.  Without them, this event would not happen!

Brescia Ball 2017: See What Magic Makes Possible



10th Annual Brescia Ball
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Lantana, Randolph MA

2017 Honorees:
Suzanne & Robert Lawler P'11 '15 
Sue and William Lawler P'13 '15 '16

Thank you to all of the parents, students, faculty, staff and community partners who helped make the 10th Annual Brescia Ball such a success. With a full house at the Lantana in Randolph, guests were treated to a reception, silent auction, dinner, and a magic show by the amazing Matt Roberts. The Ursuline Choral Group charmed the crowd and our many other student volunteers represented UA with grace and cheer. Shannon Lawler '15, as guest speaker, proudly recognized the night's honorees, her parents, Bob and Suzanne Lawler, and her aunt and uncle, Bill and Sue Lawler.

A special note of gratitude goes to our parent committee leaders Tracey Finch, Sandra Giordano, Kate Gormley, Elizabeth King, Kathleen McDonald, Julie Steinkrauss and Stephanie Waldeck.

Your contributions, combined with funds raised from sponsorships, ticket sales and item purchases helped us to raise over $125,000.

See what a little magic can make possible!

Brescia Ball 2016: Light Up the Night



Chairperson: Mary Keough P'16 '19
Event Coordinator: Tracey Finch P'19

Brescia Ball 2016, held at The Lantana in Randolph, honored Patricia Leary Dowling '52 and Mary Jo Gorman Keaney '82.

Patricia Leary Dowling '52 attended Ursuline when the school was still on Arlington Street in Boston, overlooking the Public Garden, and was in one of the first graduating classes of the Academy. She grew up in Milton, where her parents ran a dress shop, which may help explain why, to this day, Pat is always impeccably dressed. While at Ursuline, Pat received a blue ribbon at the end of every year for living and breathing Serviam. She graduated from Boston College, where she earned her teaching certificate. All these many years

later, Pat remains a loyal annual donor and supporter, serving on the campaign planning committee and the campaign cabinet. Then as now, she is the very model of Serviam.

Mary Jo Gorman Keaney '82 has devoted her life to education, and has the unique distinction of having served as the first lay principal of Ursuline Academy, from 2009 to 2015. Mary Jo received her degrees from Bowdoin College and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught and served in administrative roles at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Harvard University, and St. Peter School in Cambridge, where she served as principal for four years. Mary Jo recalls that it was Sr. Ursula who introduced her to Latin at Ursuline, and also credits Sr. Dorothy Doyle (Latin) and Sr. Mercedes (Spanish) for nurturing her love of language. Her devotion to and support of Ursuline Academy has been unwavering in all her years as student, alumna, and administrator, and remains strong today.

Brescia Ball 2016

Brescia Ball 2015: Be Smart. Be Strong. Be Spirited.

Be Smart. Be Strong. Be Spirited.

Brescia Ball Logo

Honoree David Putnam P'89
Honoree Richard Osterberg

Saturday, November 15 - Blue Hill Country Club, Canton, MA

The 2015 Brescia Ball was once again a great success thanks to our dedicated and generous Ursuline community. The event hosted 310 people, including parents, alumnae, trustees, Ursuline Sisters, past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and students who gathered to celebrate the legacy of St. Angela Merici, founder of the Order of St. Ursula. It was record-breaking event, realizing over $134,000 for the students of the Academy.

The 2015 Brescia Ball honorees were David Putnam P ‘89 and Richard Osterberg, two former Trustees who have supported the mission of the Academy for many years. Mr. Putnam is the former President of F.L. Putnam Investments and the parent of two daughters from the Class of 1989. He is the past Chair of the Board of Trustees and served on the Board for 14 years. Mr. Osterberg is an attorney and member of Weston Patrick, P.A. He is the former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and former Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee. As friends and Trustees, Mr. Putnam and Mr. Osterberg are credited with leading Ursuline through expansive growth and dynamic change. They embody the core tenets of the Ursuline community; scholarship, leadership, and service.

Ann-Marie Martin P'18 and Meg Kaster P'16, '18

Comittee and Sub-committee Members:
Eileen Bacon, Jennifer Birch, Angela Canale, Janet Chandler, Midge Correia, Mary Beth Cox, Libby Donahue, Janice Fahy, Tracey Finch, Michelle Freeman, Mary-Ellen Gioioso, Sandra Giordano, Maria Giordano, Carolyn Glass, Kate Gormley, Linda Hayes, Jean Hoffman, , Mary Keough, Christine Kern, Elizabeth King, Jacqueline Lambros, Sue Lawler, Julie Lynch, Julie Lynch, Deidre Manning, Angela Marcheski, , Paula McDonald, Lisa McDonough, Frances McMann, Pam Noonan, Liz O'Connell, Julie O'Neill, Beth Orup, Liz Papile, Michelle Sanders, Barbara Stranberg, Lee Vaughan, Patti Vhay, Catherine Wyse

Thank You to the
2015 Brescia Ball Sponsors

Meg Reynolds '82 and Skip McKee

Regina Sullivan

Sean and Wendy Lynch
P '14, '16, '19

Michael and Karen Gormley ’18, ‘21

Boston Private Bank and Trust

Eric and Angela Marcheski ‘20

Fulfillment America
In-Kind Donation

Brescia Ball 2014: Eat. Pray. Love. Shine.

Eat. Pray. Love. Shine.

Brescia Ball InvitationSaturday, November 15 - Blue Hill Country Club, Canton, MA

The 2014 Brescia Ball was a great success as 360 people gathered together to celebrate the legacy of St. Angela Merici and recognize our honorees. The event also raised $130,000 for the school. Thanks to all who participated in making the Brescia Ball a success, especially the planning committee led by Co-chairs Angela Canale P '17, '19 and Nancy McAdams P '15.

The 2014 Brescia Ball honorees were both alumnae, Eve Kelley '86 and Cara Gould '89, who have demonstrated Serviam in different ways. Eve has done so through her years of service to students through Campus Ministry retreats, and Cara as the Director of Camp Harbor View, a partnership with the City of Boston and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

Eve Kelley '86, President Rosann Whiting and Cara Gould '89
(l-r) Honoree Eve Kelley '86, President Rosann
Whiting and Honoree Cara Gould '89
Thank You to the
2014 Brescia Ball Sponsors
Meg Reynolds '82 and Skip McKee
Gary and Millie Borodic P '13
Boston Private Bank and Trust
Paul and Rachel Higgins P '16
and Highland Capital Group
Judy Habib '71
Sean and Wendy Lynch
P '14, '16, '19
Fulfillment America
In-Kind Donation

Angela Canale P'17, '19 and Nancy McAdams P'15

Comittee Members:
Mary Ambrefe, Claire Anderson, Eileen Bacon, Jennifer Birch, Millie Borodic, Anna Caruso, Mary Cavanaugh, Kim Chipman, Carolyn Ciaccia, Cathy Conti, Stacey Cornforth, Midge Correia, Karen Cronin, Fran Coughlin, Jennifer Cowell, Annamarie Coyne, Christine DiCenso, Erin Donahoe, Melissa Driscoll, Kelly Judge Faggiano, Janice Fahy, Colette Fearnley, Tracey Finch, Eileen Fox, Patricia Francescon, Michelle Freeman, Mary-Ellen Gioioso, Sandra Giordano, Kate Gormley, Linda Grela, Terri Hamel, Tara Hartley, Karen Healy, Eileen Heffernan, Rachel Higgins, Jean Hoffman, Annette Hynes, Connie Martin Kearins, Christine Kern, Hthaiwon Layne, Anne Lord, Amy Lynch, Julie Lynch, Wendy Lynch, Deirdre Manning, Anne-Marie Martin, June Martin, Mary McCourt, Chris McCusker, Amy McDermott, Lisa McDonough, Paula Noonan Mehler, Janet Mullert, Pam Noonan, Sheila Patterson, Stephanie Popkin, Kathy Reilly, Jennifer Rhodes, Kathy Riordan, Colleen Royal, Peggy Rusnock, Mary Anne Rull, Michelle Sanders, Alexis Schneider, Bill Skerry, Barbara Stranberg, Mary Stefanidakis, Robin Stone, Pam Sullivan, Sarah Susi, Kristina Thomas, Linda Thompson, Julia Tracy, Jennifer Treseler, Lee Vaughan, Sheela Venkatesh, Patti Vhay, Megan Walsh, Stephanie Waldeck, Liz Weber, Lisa Whalen, Xiaoli Zhang

Brescia Ball 2013: The Ursuline Academy Awards

"The Ursuline Academy Awards"

Saturday, November 23 - Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham, MA

Dear Ursuline Community,

It is with deepest gratitude that I share this very good news with you: the 6th annual Brescia Ball, The Academy Awards, raised $110,000 for Ursuline Academy! By surpassing our goal as well as setting a new record, this year's event will allow us to make improvements to update and refresh our beloved Tea Room.

The success would not have been realized without the dedicated leadership demonstrated by our two Co-chairs, Angela Canale P '17 & '19 and Nancy McAdams P '15. I thank them along with the many other volunteers and supporters who worked tirelessly to make the night a spectacular celebration of the mission of Ursuline Academy. The sense of community was demonstrated in so many ways: the students who assisted, the parents whose presence made the evening so special and the bidding so much fun, those who purchased raffle tickets but could not attend, the faculty and staff, as well as the Ursuline Sisters whose footsteps we follow as we continue the mission of St. Angela. We are blessed indeed to have so many who understand, embrace and live the motto Serviam each and every day.

Thank you so much for all that you do for this vibrant community. Without your continuous support, none of this would have been possible.


Rosann Whiting


(l-r) Co-chair Angela Canale P '17 & '19, Honoree Peter McManus P'00, Honoree Beth Howard '76, Co-chair Nancy McAdams P '15 and President Rosann Whiting
Thank You to the
2013 Brescia Ball Sponsors
F.L. Putnam
Paul and Rachel Higgins P '16
and Highland Capital Group
Sean and Wendy Lynch P '14, '16, '19
Rojo/Dean St. Car Wash
  • Elizabeth McManus Howard '76, P'04, '08, '12
  • Peter McManus P'00
Thank You to the Brescia Ball Planning Committee!

Any event of this magnitude requires the commitment and effort of many people. The 2013 Brescia Ball Committee includes the following volunteers.

Co-chairs: Angela & John Canale P'17, 19 and Nancy & James McAdams P'15
Auction Acquisitions: Mary Beth Cox P ’16

Committeee Members: Eileen Bacon P ’09, ’17, ‘19, Sharon Baryluk P’14, Jennifer Birch P’19, Millie Borodic P’13, Laurie Boyd P’15, Barbara Brandt, Jan Brecht P’15, Anna Caruso P’15, Elaine Charbonnier P’14, Kim Chipman P’15, ’17, Cathy Conti P’15, Fran Coughlin P’11, ’16, Karen Cronin P’15, Jane DiMartino P’18, Peggy Driscoll P’17, Joy Enos P’18, Janice Fahy P’17, ’19, Colette Fearnley P’11, ‘13’, ’17, Trish Francescon P’16, Mary-Ellen Gioioso P’14, ’16, Sandra Giordano P’19, Kate Gormley P’17, ’19, Terri Hamel P’16, Karen Harn P’13, Michelle Hettinger P’16, Karen Hickey P’13, Rachel Higgins P’16, Jean Hoffman GP’14, Annette Hynes P’15, Meg Kaster P’16, ’18, Eileen Lake GP’14, Jacqueline Lambros P’16, Sue Lawler P’13, ’15, ’16, Suzanne Lawler P’11, ’15, Sheila Leonard, Dee Lewis P’13,’15, Amy Lynch P’15,’17, Julie Lynch P’14, Wendy Lynch P’14,’16,’19, Cari Maguire P’15, Staci McDonnell P’17, Lisa McDonough P’17, Kelly McIntyre P’18, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Burke-O'Brien '99, Carolyn Powell P’08, P’13, Kathy Riordan P’16, ’19, Maura Ronan ’79, P’17, Colleen Royal P’19, Peggy Rusnock P’16, Roxanne Shute P’16, Mary Anne Squillace P’13, Robin Stone P’18, Kristina Thomas P’17, Linda Thompson P’15, P’19, Jennifer Treseler P’18, ’19, Sheela Venkatesh P’15, Patti Vhay P’15, Mary Walsh P’12, Lisa Whalen P’15, ’16, Lisa Wolfe P’14

Brescia Ball 2012: Miracle on Lowder Street

"Miracle on Lowder Street"

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham, MA

The 5th annual Brescia Ball on Saturday, Nov. 17 was a great success. The event was a wonderful evening in celebration of the Academy and recognized members of the community for their contributions to the school.

The 2012 honorees were:

  • Sr. Bridget Haase, o.s.u.
  • Barbara (Gaquin) Brandt '65, P '97, '07
  • Kevin Hines, P '93

The Brescia Ball raised $85,000 for Ursuline. Many thanks to all who joined us in making the evening a success!

Co-chairs: Kim & Peter Chipman P '15, '17 and Rachel & Paul Higgins P '16

(l-r) Honoree Sr. Bridget Haase, o.s.u., President Rosann Whiting, Honoree Kevin Hines, P '93, Principal Mary Jo Keaney and Honoree Barbara (Gaquin) Brandt '65, P '97, '07.
Thank You to the
2012 Brescia Ball Sponsors

Wishes Granted!
Thanks to the Brescia Ball, wishes are being granted across the Ursuline campus for the dedicated faculty and staff of Ursuline. Members of each department on campus compiled a "wish list" of items they could use to better serve our students and community. Several of these wishes have already been granted:

The Wish List:

  1. A new Mac all-in-one desktop computer for the library
  2. A new HP all-in-one desktop computer for the library
  3. A projector and screen for the Guidance Department.
  4. Four TI-Nspire calculators and Smart tools software for the Math Department
  5. New desks for students
  6. Eight round tables for use at events
  7. New trophy case in the lobby to display awards won by our athletic teams and student groups
  8. A second Mini- Bus (purchased with assistance from the Flatley Foundation)
  9. Two sets of hymn books and the accompaniment books to go with them, a mixer and three new microphones for the Music Department
  10. Golf cart for the Facilities and Athletic Departments

Thank You to the Brescia Ball Planning Committee!
Any event of this magnitude requires the commitment and effort of many people. The 2012 Brescia Ball Committee includes the following volunteers.

Co-Chairs: Rachel Higgins P ’16 & Kim Chipman P ’15 ’17
Auction Acquisitions: Mary Beth Cox P ’16

Sharon Baryluk P ’14, Liz Birrer P ’12, Millie Borodic P ’13,Laurie Boyd P ’15, Jan Brecht P ’15, Anna Caruso P ’15, Elaine Charbonnier P ’14, Cathy Conti P ’15, Fran Coughlin P '11 '16, Karen Cronin P ’15, Jane DiMartino P ’18, Libby Donahue P ’16, Peggy Driscoll P ’17, Terri Duffy P ’11 ’16, Joy Enos P ’18, Janice Fahy P ’17, Colette Fearnley P ’11 ’13, ’17, Trish Francescon P ’16, Mary-Ellen Gioioso P ’14 ’16, Kate Gormley P ’17, Terri Hamel P ’16, Karen Harn P ’13, Karen Hickey P ’13, Jean Hoffman GP ’14, Kim Jones P ’13, Theresa Lake P ’15, Eileen Lake GP ’14, Jacqueline Lambros P ’16, Suzanne Lawler P ’11 ’15, Sue Lawler P ’13 ’16 ’17, Stan Luniewicz P ’15 ’17, Amy Lynch P ’15 ’17, Julie Lynch P ’14, Wendy Lynch P ’14 ’16, Cari Maguire P ’15, Nancy McAdams P ’15, Lisa McDonough P ’17, John McDonough P ’12, Suzanne McDonough P ’12, Lisa McFetridge P ’13, Jonelle McGrath ’86 P ’16, Michael Ricard P ’15, Kathy Riordan P ’16, Peggy Rusnock P ’16, Kelly Scuderi ’91, P ’18, Roxanne Shute P ’16, Mary Anne Squillace P ’12, Robin Stone P ’18, Sarah Susi P ’17, Jennifer Treseler P ’18, Sheela Venkatesh P ’15, Patti Vhay P ’15, Mary Walsh P ’12 Lisa Whalen P ’15 ’16, Lisa Wolfe P ’14 and Molly Wolfe P ’13

Brescia Ball 2011: Its a Wonderful Life

Honorees: Mrs. Mary Anderson, Sister Angela Krippendorf o.s.u '59 and Lisa Rubini '79

Held at Lake Peral Luciano's in Wrentham, the 2011 Brescia Ball was attended by 300 people who enjoyed a wonderful evening in celebration of the Academy and all the honorees have done for the school. Enjoy this photo slideshow from the 2011 Brescia Ball.

All proceeds from the event helped to improve the technology infrastructure at Ursuline Academy. We completed the installation of interactive whiteboards in all classrooms in December of 2011 and the entire computer network on campus was updated during the summer of 2012.

Co-chairs: Mary Beth & Bob Grey P '12 and Rachel & Paul Higgins P '16

Brescia Ball 2011 Honorees

(l-r) Principal Mary Jo Keaney '82, Mrs. Mary Anderson, Lisa Rubini '79,
Sister Angela Krippendorf o.s.u. '59, and President Rosann Whiting

Brescia Ball 2010: Unmask Their Potential

Honorees: Sister Nesta Beaudoin, o.s.u., Mrs. Marguerite Costa P ‘79, ‘86, GP ‘12 and John and Celia Fisher P ‘07

In 2010, proceeds from the Brescia Ball were used to renovate and update the Ursuline Academy library. The library technology is up-to-date, with eight brand-new computers--four Macs and four PCs--in addition to a Smartboard©. There are also new tables and chairs throughout the room, and separate study spaces for small group work.

Co-chairs: Lisa & Scott McFetridge P '13 and Molly & Tim Wolfe P '13

Brescia Ball 2010 Honorees

Back Row: President Rosann Whiting, Principal Mary Jo Keaney '82
Front Row: Mrs. Marguerite Costa P'79, P'86, GP'12, Sister Nesta Beaudoin O.S.U., and John and Celia Fisher P'07

Brescia Ball 2009: Imagine the Possibilities

Honorees: Marianne LeBlanc ‘86, Michael and Donna O'Connor P ‘03, ‘08 and Past Principals of the Academy: Sister Rita Bourassa, o.s.u., Sister Dorothy Doyle, o.s.u., Sister Laurianne Michaud, o.s.u., Sister Mercedes Videira, o.s.u.

In 2009, proceeds from the Brescia Ball were used to renovate and refurbish the locker room. New lockers were installed in the locker room and the lower hallway. Funds were also used to create the Bear Cave Wellness Center in 2011.

Co-chairs: Mary & Greg Walsh P '12 and Teresa & Robert Wilber P '10, '12

Brescia Ball 2009 Honorees

Marianne LeBlanc '86 (center) with her family.

Michael and Donna O'Connor P'03, P'08, with their family.

The Ursuline Principals. Present with us that evening were (From Left) Sister Mercedes Videira o.s.u., Sister Laurianne Michaud o.s.u., Sister Rita Bourassa o.s.u.

Brescia Ball 2008: One Brilliant Night

Honorees: Carol Tomase P ‘89, Rosemary Morteo P ‘08, Katherine Nolan Levesque ‘77 and Sister Martha Gleason o.s.u. ‘54

In 2008, proceeds from the Brescia Ball were used to purchase Smartboards© for several classrooms.

Chairperson: Mr. Stephen Danckert P '09

Brescia Ball 2008 Honorees

Honoree Sister Martha Gleason '54 O.S.U. with her sister, Babe Gleason and President Rosann Whiting.

Honoree Mrs. Carol Tomase P'89 with her husband, daughter Holly Tomase '89 and President Rosann Whiting.

Honoree Kate Levesque '77 (2nd from Right) with her family and President Rosann Whiting.

Honoree Rosemary Morteo P'08 with her daughter Alessandra Morteo '08 and President Rosann Whiting.