Blue Jay Bazaar Drive-Thru Food Fest Huge Success

Posted March 24, 2021 / Last updated March 29, 2021

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Blue Jay Spirit was on display at John Ryan Stadium on March 20 as hundreds of Jesuit parents, alumni, students, volunteers, supporters, and friends showed up for the Blue Jay Bazaar Drive-Thru Food Fest. With an unprecedented 857 meals given out over the course of the day, the special COVID-compliant format for the event was a resounding success.

Presented by Reliant Recycling and made possible especially by local restaurants Acme Oyster House, Central City BBQ, and Drago’s Seafood, the Drive-Thru Food Fest was supported by a dedicated team of 130 volunteers under the leadership of this year’s Bazaar chairpersons, Jesuit parents Amy Burke, Jaime Falcon and Michelle Ellzey.

Upon arriving at the event, drivers were enthusiastically greeted by two microphone-wielding Blue Jays, seniors Jackson Cheramie and Hunter Hoffmann. As community members drove through John Ryan Stadium—newly adorned with updated Jesuit-blue banners—they were treated to performances by the Jesuit Jazz Band, the J-Troupe, the Jesuit Cheerleaders, the Jayettes, and Jesuit’s MCJROTC.

Photos with Jayson were taken by student photographers from Jesuit’s yearbook staff. After receiving a freshly-prepared meal, drivers were able to donate canned goods to Second Harvest by handing them off to representatives from the sophomore Sodality.

Alongside the in-person component of the Bazaar, Cindy Wooderson and Alison James headed up efforts to put on a top-notch virtual auction that drew thousands of bids from around the country. The day’s two raffles made the weekend even better for two lucky Blue Jay parents: the $16,350 50/50 raffle was won by Sharon Sarrat, and the tuition raffle was won by Robin Torrance, who had the lucky winning ticket out of the 319 that were purchased.