Gonzaga Fathers Club

Welcome to the Gonzaga Fathers Club!

Welcome to the bicentennial year at Gonzaga and to the Gonzaga Father’s Club.

The GFC has a long history of support, service and celebration throughout our boys’ four years on Eye Street. For me personally and for many of the fathers who join, participation enriches our and our sons’ experience at Gonzaga. GFC volunteers support Gonzaga’s mission to form Men for Others by serving alongside our boys in our community and in school, sport and outreach events throughout the year.

Though the campus and the GFC will look different for most of us this year, we plan to engage with you in many new ways. Our monthly meetings will be virtual and you can easily join from your home or office. We invite all fathers, stepfathers and guardians of both current and former students to join us in support of the Gonzaga community through membership in the GFC.

I know you will find being a member of the GFC to be rewarding and I hope that you will join me in taking an active role in your son’s special school community at Gonzaga.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have.  


Grant Palmer

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • New Families 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 Michael Passey. 
  • Football Ticket Sales

    The Fathers Club sells tickets at all home football games. This is a great way to meet fellow dads and enjoy Gonzaga football. For details, please contact Grant Palmer.
  • 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 Tim Feighery or Mark Pirone.
  • 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 Mike Kirvan or John Cajayon.
  • DC Classic

    The annual Gonzaga DC Classic brings top high school teams from across the country to Eye Street. The DC Classic is the GFC’s primary annual fundraiser and directly supports Gonzaga’s summer service projects. Join the team to be part of great basketball supporting good works! For more information please contact Brian Coll or Mike Williams.
  • 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 Craig Maloney.
  • 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 Thomas Pablo.
  • 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 Paul Mavris.
  • 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 Dave LesStrang or Brian Miller.
  • 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 Luke O'Boyle or Andres Lavarte.
  • Father-Son Communion Breakfast

    The biggest GFC event of the year, the Father-Son Communion Breakfast begins with Mass 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 Mark Shaheen.
  • Commencement

    We serve as ushers during the graduation ceremony and provide logistical support throughout the day. For more information, please contact Bob Tompkins or Bobby Thomson.

GFC Leadership

Grant Palmer, President
Steve Staton, Treasurer
Paul Mavris, Vice President, Membership
Frank P. Donnelly and Charles Huisentruit, Vice Presidents, Meetings
Patrick Cooney, Vice President, Events
Stephen McPhail, Vice President, Communications
Brian Coll, Vice President, DC Classic
Brigen Winters, Past President
Rev. Stephen W. Planning, SJ, Moderator

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Celebrating 200 Years of Jesuit Education in the Nation's Capital