Gonzaga Fathers Club

Welcome to the Gonzaga Fathers Club!

Welcome to the Gonzaga Fathers Club (GFC)! The GFC has a long history of support, service, and celebration throughout our boys’ four years on Eye Street. I hope you find, as I have, that involvement in the GFC enriches your experience at Gonzaga. The GFC leadership team is eager to have you engage with us to support our boys during this school year.

Whether it is selling tickets for Gonzaga football games, participating in the 2nd Annual Gonzaga Day of Service, attending the annual Father-Son Mass & Breakfast, helping with the annual DC Classic, or any number of other events the GFC hosts or supports with the GMC, I encourage you to find something to get involved in. The GFC also hosts monthly meetings during the year to build fellowship and share important insights and information about the school. A schedule of these events and meetings can be found in the calendar of events below. 

Throughout the 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. 


Patrick Cooney
GFC President
‘19 ‘22

Volunteer Opportunities

List of 12 items.

  • 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 Brian Miller and AJ Wojciak. Event Date: August 23-24, 2021

  • 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

    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. This year Visi will host both the Freshmen and Sophomore classes for this event. 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 Mark Pirone. Event Date: September 19, 2021

  • 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 Cajayo. Event Date: November 21, 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: December 10-12, 2021

  • 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 Erik Linn. Event Date: December 23, 2021
  • 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. Event Dates: January 14-16, 2022
  • 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: February 12, 2022
  • 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. Event Date: March 6, 2022
  • National Day of Service

    This year will be the 2nd 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: March 19, 2022
  • 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. 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 or Patrick Cooney. Event Date: April 24, 2022
  • 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. Event Date: June 6, 2022

GFC Leadership

Patrick Cooney, President
Steve Staton, Treasurer
Paul Mavris, Vice President, Membership
Charles Huisentruit & Brian Miller, Vice Presidents, Meetings
Mike Dunn, Vice President, Communications
Brian Coll, Vice President, DC Classic
Tom Scherer, Vice President, Father-Son Mass & Breakfast
Mike Kirvan, Vice President, National Day of Service
Grant Palmer, Past President
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