Gonzaga Fathers Club

Welcome to the Gonzaga Fathers Club!

Throughout the year, we help organize and volunteer at various events, assisting Gonzaga in its fundraising efforts and creating an environment to advance the school’s Jesuit mission of forming Men for Others.

Membership in the Gonzaga Fathers Club is open to all dads, step dads, and guardians of current and former Gonzaga students. We invite you to explore our volunteer opportunities and get involved!

Richard Donohoe

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Freshman Welcome Picnic

    The Fathers Club helps the Mothers Club set up and serve our incoming freshman families in the courtyard. The event is a great way to meet new incoming families and introduce the GFC to new dads. For more information, please contact Ed Dolson.
  • Gonzaga/Visitation Family Mass and Picnic

    A great day for the whole family, this event takes place in early September every year and includes Mass, a cookout, and a few competitive games between the boys and girls. The Gonzaga dads are responsible for procuring, delivering, and setting up the drinks for the cookout.  We also help with setting up chairs, tables, and A/V alongside the Visitation Fathers Club. For more information, please contact Tom Hammond.
  • Open House

    This event is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about Gonzaga and tour our campus. The Gonzaga dads guide prospective families from the parking lots to the Carmody Center and man posts throughout the school to answer questions. For more information, please contact Tim Feighery or Sean Todd.
  • DC Classic

    Our biggest fundraising event each year, this basketball tournament takes place every December and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Gonzaga’s community service programs. We begin planning for the tournament in the summer—plan on attending the planning meetings to learn more, or for more information, please contact Jonathan Love, Jim Hanagan, Al Jackson, John Lynch, or Lance Ford.
  • Freshman Father/Son Service Project

    A great way to introduce new fathers and sons to service at Gonzaga. The chair of this event lines up a different project for the group every year. For more information, please contact Bob Johnson at
  • Freshman Retreat

    A formative experience for Gonzaga freshmen, this weekend-long retreat happens every year in January. We provide water and soda for the Friday evening session and serve as overnight chaperones during the sleepover at school on Saturday night. For more information, please contact John Gossart.
  • Bull and Oyster Roast

    A fun event organized by the Advancement Office, the Bull and Oyster Roast takes place every spring. We help the night of the event, manning the check-in table and running the 50-50 raffle. Plan on attending even if you don’t volunteer! For more information, please contact David Buckley.
  • Father/Son Service Project

    This day-long service project draws about 200 fathers and their sons every year to volunteer at a local provider of community services, helping with facility maintenance and making improvements such as painting and cleaning up the grounds. In years past, we have volunteered at the St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Southeast Washington, and the Perry School Community Services Center. Volunteers can sign up to work in the morning, afternoon, or all day. For more information, please contact Patrick Rafferty, Mike Winters, Richard Donohoe, Bob Johnson, or Brigen Winter.
  • Mother/Son Mass and Celebration

    Dads help set up tables and chairs in the Carmody Center the day before this annual event. On the day of, we come together for Mass in the chapel and then prepare breakfast, set tables, and serve the mothers and sons when they arrive from church. For more information, please contact Brian Edwards, Tim Egan, or Joe Young.
  • Father/Son Communion Breakfast

    The biggest GFC event of the year, the Father/Son Communion Breakfast begins with Mass in St. Al’s and is followed by brunch at the Hyatt Regency; a different keynote speaker comes each year. Volunteers—who do not have to miss Mass or breakfast—serve as ushers in the church, help guide people to the hotel ballroom, and man the ticket table. For more information, please contact Tom Scherer, Patrick Cooney, or Brian Knapp.
  • Commencement

    We serve as ushers during the graduation ceremony and provide logistical support throughout the day. For more information, please contact Brian Cashmere.

GFC Leadership

Richard Donohoe, President  
Michael Timothy, Treasurer 
Mark Johannessen, Vice President, Membership 
Charles Huisentruit and Frank P. Donnelly, Vice President, Meetings/Events 
John Nalls, Vice President, Communications
Jack Ballestero, Vice President, Web Services 
Jonathan Love, Vice President, DC Classic 
Terrence Caulfield, Past President

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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