Special Events

Major Gift Donor Mass
Since 2014, the Office of Advancement has been hosting a Major Gift Donor Appreciation Mass and Recognition Reception in September.

2020 Donor Appreciation Mass of Thanksgiving

Golden Knights
The Office of Advancement has been hosting a Golden Knight Recognition in conjunction with the Homecoming Game since 2008.  This recognition and reception is meant to honor our alumni who have reached the 50th year of anniversary of their graduation from Mater Dei. At the 2015 Homecoming Game, 35 alumni were recognized from the Classes of ’55 through ’66.

Memorial Mass
The Office of Advancement has held a Memorial Mass since 2009 in November (around the third or fourth Monday) to remember all those for whom a donation was made to the Foundation the previous school year.

Grandparent Mass
The Office of Advancement has been planning and hosting a Grandparent’s Day Mass since 2011 in conjunction with Campus Ministry and the Religion Department also in November (around All Saint’s Day) at 9:35am.

Calendar Drive
For thirty years the Mater Dei Calendar Drive has been an annual campaign drive under the direction of the Advancement Office and has become a very important part of the total fundraising effort of the school.  The calendar is a 365-day raffle that highlights all the activities that occur during the school year.  The calendar drive attempts to raise $85,000.00 a year to the operating cash flow of Mater Dei High School.

The key component to this successful campaign is the support and efforts of the Mater Dei community.  The student body is the main group responsible for the success of the drive.  Each student is expected to sell at least eight calendars.  Mater Dei depends on the student body to carry the load during the campaign.  Parents, friends, teachers (especially homeroom teachers, as this is where the calendar money is collected each day during the drive) and administrators are all involved in this campaign.  Generally, Mater Dei sells over 4,400 calendars annually.  The cost of the calendar is $25.00 with a total payout of $21,150.00 in prize money.

Calendars are available from Mater Dei students or by calling the Mater Dei Office (618-526-7216).  Calendars can be sent to anyone wishing to purchase one.

Mater Dei Christmas Tournament Ad Booklet
The Christmas Tournament Book is a 80 page booklet with sold advertising, rosters, facts and information for the Annual Mater Dei Christmas Tournament.  It is for sale at the tournament and revenue raised is added to the general fund of the school.  Businesses and individuals are invited to submit copy for the Ad booklet, various size and pricing is available upon request by calling the Mater Dei Office (618-526-7216).

MEGA Raffle
The newest fund raiser called the MEGA Raffle (which replaced the Pot-of-Gold Raffle) is a joint effort between the Fathers & Friends Organization and members of the Mater Dei School Board.  Held in conjunction with the Annual Golf Scramble, raffle tickets sell for $100.0 with a total pay out of $20,000.00, with the top prize of $10,000.00, (2) $2,500.00, (3) $3,000.00, (20) $100.00.

Raffle tickets are available beginning the end of March and can be obtained from your parish representatives or by calling the Mater Dei Office (618-526-7216).

Golf Tournament  
The Mater Dei Golf Classic is an opportunity for the Mater Dei community – alumni, parents, friends, administration, faculty, and staff – to enjoy a day of fellowship in support of Mater Dei Catholic High School.  (Proceeds benefit the operational fund.)

The six-person scramble tournament includes three divisions (men, ladies, mixed).  The fee ($100 per golfer) includes green fees (18 holes), cart rental, refreshments and food during play, and a dinner and awards presentation in the evening.

The annual Mega raffle is held in conjunction with the golf tournament each year.