Three people known for their generosity, hard work and dedication to St. Mary School in German Village will be recognized for their efforts Jan. 28.

Three people known for their generosity, hard work and dedication to St. Mary School in German Village will be recognized for their efforts Jan. 28.

Former principal Kathy McClernon and parishioners Jim and Roseanne Hanson will be honored at the seventh annual St. Mary gala and silent auction, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the downtown Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. Fourth St.

Julie Graham-Price, chairwoman of the gala, said the event honors the "best of the best" and celebrates the school's legacy of learning.

"Every year we honor those who have made a difference at St. Mary, and we're thrilled to recognize the Hansons and Kathy McClernon for improving the lives of generations of children at St. Mary School," Graham-Price said.

The evening will begin with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $750 for a table of 10. They can be purchased by calling the St. Mary Catholic Church parish office at (614) 444-9668.

So far, the galas have raised more than $175,000 for the tuition assistance and school operations, Graham-Price said.

McClernon, 66, began her career at St. Mary in 1965 as a teacher while she was studying for her degree at Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University. She left briefly to pursue her studies full-time and returned to the school in 1968. She then served as principal from 1996 to 2005. She is credited with pioneering the multi-age classroom and ensured that students with certain learning disabilities would be able to attend the school.

McClernon, a Worthington resident, has been recognized for many achievements, such as being the recipient of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus' Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2004, she received the Bishop's Award for outstanding principal in the local diocese.

The Hansons, who live in German Village, became active in the church in 1999 after the closing of St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church. They have been part of numerous activities and school functions over the years.

Mr. Hanson, 68, retired as a custodian from St. Mary School. Mrs. Hanson, 58, is the current cafeteria manager at the school.

"Our honorees and their families have a long history at St. Mary, and together, they have had an extraordinary impact," Graham-Price said. "Kathy has taught hundreds of children and Roseanne's family was among the school's first graduates."