No Show Ball returns for annual fundraising effort

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH – Most parents whose children attend St. Joseph schools may be too busy to attend a fundraising event.

With a different spin on extravagant galas to raise money, parents were sent invitations to this year’s No Show Ball, which asks donors to send money without attending an actual event.

Sue Riemland, St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation administrator, said the No Show Ball is its yearly spring fundraiser.

“It’s a little play on traditional galas and balls,” Riemland said. “Our students’ parents are so busy this time of year and this is a way of giving them the chance to donate without having to dress up and attend an event.”

Riemland said formal invitations were sent out weeks in advance.

Having run since 2009, this year’s proceeds will go toward technology at schools.

“Last couple of years we have put the fund toward technology,” Riemland said. “The foundation supports the One to One Computing Initiative, which gives all sixth graders at Upton Middle School a computer for school use.”

Each year the fundraiser accumulates more than $10,000. Riemland said there is no required amount, but she has seen donations from $25 to $1,000.

Those interested in donating can go online at or mail in a check to 3275 Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph.

All checks can be made to SJPS Foundation.

Donations will be accepted for the remainder of the month, as the ball runs until the end of June.

Riemland said the ball seems to resonate well with parents.

“It’s not another event they have to attend,” she said. “We are just pleased to have any kind of support. Any level of support is greatly appreciated.”

St. Joseph resident Carol Michaels has made donations to the No Show Ball for the last four years and said she likes to make donations without having to dress up.

Michaels has one child that attends St. Joseph High School and one who graduated last year. She cited its unique idea for her reason for donating.

“You get so many letters in the mail from organizations asking for money and this was a clever way of asking for it,” she said. “I felt more comfortable giving a donation since they put more thought into it.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 5, 2015)

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