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Gonzaga Fathers Club

Welcome to the Gonzaga Fathers Club!

Welcome to the Gonzaga Fathers Club (GFC)! The GFC exists to foster fellowship among the fathers and male guardians of Gonzaga students and to support the school’s mission through volunteerism and social activities. Just as the Gonzaga student is invited to become part of the Eye Street community for a lifetime, so too are their families. It is always a good time (and never too late) to get involved in supporting both the activities and the individuals that make our boys’ experience on Eye Street enriching and fulfilling. 
 
Whether it is selling tickets for Gonzaga football games, participating in the 3rd Annual Gonzaga Day of Service, attending the 75th annual Father-Son Mass & Breakfast, helping with the 33rd edition of the DC Classic basketball tournament, or any number of other events the GFC hosts or supports with the Gonzaga Mothers Club, I encourage you to get involved. The GFC also hosts monthly meetings during the year, during which we socialize and hear valuable insights from invited teachers, coaches, and administrators. Occasionally, we also hear from guest speakers on topics of interest to the community. A schedule of these events and meetings can be found in the calendar of events below.
 
Throughout the school year, we will be reaching out to share updates on GFC activities and enlist your support as Men for Others by volunteering for various GFC and GMC events. I look forward to seeing you all on Eye Street this year!
 
AMDG,
 
Mike Dunn ’84 (P ’24)
GFC President

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • New Families Welcome Picnic

    The Fathers Club helps the Mothers Club set up and serve our incoming freshman and transfer families out on Eye Street following a welcome presentation in the Sheehy Theater. The event is a great way to meet new incoming families and introduce the GFC to new dads. For more information, please contact  Brian Miller. Event Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022


  • 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  Stephen McPhail. See football schedule for dates.
  • Gonzaga/Visitation Family Mass and Picnic

    This event includes Mass, a cookout, and a few competitive games between the boys and girls. Gonzaga dads support includes 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 George Sifakis. Event Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022


  • 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 Billy Cannon or John Cajayon. Event Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022
  • 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. Event Dates: Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11, 2022


  • 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. This event usually takes place in late December. Event Coordinators are Randy Stone '90 (randy.w.stone@gmail.com) and George Sifakis (george@ideagenglobal.com).
  • 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. Event Coordinators are Randy Stone '90 (randy.w.stone@gmail.com) and George Sifakis (george@ideagenglobal.com). Event Dates: Friday, January 13 – Sunday January 15, 2023
  • Bull and Oyster Roast

    A fun event organized by the Advancement Office, the Bull and Oyster Roast will occur in the spring. We help the night of the event, manning the check-in table and running the 50-50 raffle. Plan on attending! For more information, please contact Paul Mavris. Event Date: TBA (usually mid-February) 
  • 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. The volunteer Coordinator is Kyle Cruley, please contact him for more information at kylecruley@gmail.com. Event Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • National Day of Service

    This year will be the 3rd Annual Gonzaga National Day of Service (NDS). The event brings Gonzaga students and alumni from across the country together to organize service projects in the community. For more information, please contact Mike Kirvan. Event Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • Father-Son Mass & Breakfast

    One of the biggest GFC events of the year, the Father-Son Communion Breakfast begins with a morning mass at St. Al’s and is followed by brunch at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. A longstanding tradition, this year marks the 75th Father-Son Communion Breakfast. A special keynote speaker comes each year. Volunteers 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 Doug Harlor or Jay Bunag. Event Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
  • Commencement

    We serve as ushers during the graduation ceremony and provide logistical support throughout the day. For more information, please contact Bobby Thomson. Event Dates: Baccalaureate Mass and reception: Saturday, June 3, 2023; Commencement: Sunday, June 4, 2023
  • Dates for GFC Monthly Meetings at Gonzaga - 6:30 pm

    • Wednesday 9/21
    • Joint meeting with GMC - Wednesday 10/12
    • Wednesday 11/16
    • Wednesday 1/18
    • Wednesday 2/15
    • Tuesday 3/14
    • Tuesday 4/18 
    • Joint meeting with GMC - Wednesday, 5/10

GFC Leadership

Mike Dunn ’84, President 
Steve Staton, Treasurer
Ernest Wyatt, VP Communications
Brian Coll, VP, Gonzaga DC Classic
Michael Kirvan, VP, National Day of Service
Tom Scherer, VP, Father-Son Mass & Breakfast
Paul Mavris, VP, Membership & Development
Steve McPhail, VP, Event Ticket Sales
Charles Huisentruit, VP, Meetings
Brian Miller, VP, Meetings & Special Events
George Sifakis, VP, Meetings & Outreach
 
Pat Cooney, Past President

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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