Event of the Week: Lucky ’13: A Labor of Love Alumni Revival


Alumni Revival and Raffle for High School Drama Department and Scholarship

Lovers of Riordan drama gave their support during September 2nd’s Lucky ’13: A Labor of Love Alumni Revival, held at the school’s Lindland Theatre. The raffle raised awareness and funds for the drama performances and culture of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, CA, and the school’s Guardian Angel Scholarship. The Revival gave the audience exciting entertainment, and there were also a raffle and other fun activities on hand.

Archbishop Riordan High School was also the lucky recipient of Eventgroove’s $500 birthday giveaway earlier this year.

Lucky ’13: A Labor of Love Alumni Revival was a revue type of entertainment to raise money for our theatre program and a scholarship,” said Valerie O’Riordan, the drama director at Archbishop Riordan High School and the revival’s producer. “ preshow nosh buffet, silent auction, raffle, photo booth, and marketplace.” One of the prizes awarded was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt, signed by Nick Palma, an alumnus of the school who did stuntwork for Michelangelo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Other raffle items included a SFFD Fireboat Cruise in the San Francisco Bay, tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon, tickets to San Francisco Performances, tickets to the American Conservatory Theatre, and more.

Making people aware of the event wasn’t hard at all. “We are a Catholic school so we sent invites to our community parishes, schools, neighborhood newspapers, etc.,” said O’Riordan.

O’Riordan said the event, which included a lot of fun and playful energy, was great. “Although we didn’t sell out the energy was electric and the theatre was full of love and alumni,” she said.

For O’Riordan, the best part of the event was sitting with her family during the first act of the performance. “ hadn’t seen them in days and I’ve been working on this for three years,” she said. “They were very patient and supporting and it was nice to watch the show through their eyes.”

If you’re planning on creating a similar fundraising performance like “Lucky ’13,” then you had better make sure you have enough time for planning. “Start long ahead and make sure you have enough volunteers in place to cover the jobs,” said O’Riordan.

You can learn more about Archbishop Riordan High School from their website. You can also learn more about the school’s drama department on its website and Facebook page. To see the full list of prizes that were auctioned off, as well as pictures and information on the school’s drama productions, click here to visit the Lucky ’13 website.

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