Athletic Booster Club Celebrates President Jill Moriarty’s 20 Years of GSB Service

When the Moriarty family first arrived at Gill St. Bernard’s School in 1998, they knew they wanted to make an impact. While Ed assisted the school by serving as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees, Jill utilized her time and talent in a new venture that had recently arrived at GSB – The Athletic Booster Club.

That fateful decision led to twenty years of incredible dedication, longevity, and enthusiasm.

As an early member of the Athletic Booster Club, Jill has been instrumental in the promotion of school spirit and athletic excellence at GSB. With each of her children (Meaghan ’11, Cole ’14, Kaitlyn ’16, and Shane ’22) finding success as student athletes, Jill began working behind the scenes in 2003 to support everything from concessions and fundraising to event planning. As a former Buyer for Bloomingdales, Jill used her expertise in marketing and merchandising to grow GSB Spirit Wear Sales in a way that was not only profitable, but that allowed for students and families to enthusiastically show off their GSB Pride.

Jill transitioned to an executive committee leadership role in 2013, serving as Vice President for club founder Dick Emmitt. She was later elected President in 2017 and has served at the helm for the past five years. During her twenty-year tenure, Jill has helped launch a variety of school spirit initiatives, including the creation of Knights Café (later changed to First Knight), an annual Boys and Girls’ Basketball Doubleheader that featured pizza and food trucks for fans as they cheered on the Knights. In her final year as club president, Jill continued her distinct leadership excellence by guiding fundraising efforts to support our student athletes, including facility upgrades, equipment purchases, team trips, and much more.

Perhaps the best measure of Moriarty’s impact is in the thousands of athletes, families, and volunteers she touched as an advocate for school spirit and athletic excellence. Her enthusiasm is not only contagious, but a direct reason why so many booster club board members have gravitated to her side on behalf of the betterment of Gill St. Bernard’s.

As Moriarty prepares to leave her leadership post at the end of the 2022 school year, several GSB community members reflected on the lasting impression that she's built.

"Jill has been an incredibly positive mainstay of the Athletic Booster Club for over a decade. Her tireless work on behalf of our student-athletes has made a significant impact on the athletic culture at GSB. She's been an absolute pleasure to work with and I can't thank her enough for all that she's done for our school."

Dave Pasquale, Upper School Dean of Student Life
 

“As Jill said today at the last PA meeting of the year, ‘get involved, volunteer, help out’. She’s been involved with the Booster Club for over 15 years and President for the past five. Her message is simple - ‘let’s do all we can to help bring spirit to the school and provide support for athletics at every level at GSB’. For Jill, there is great joy in seeing the excitement of our students and their families taking pride in their school. She passes that on to the rest of us on the Board and, ultimately, throughout the GSB community. It’s a pretty amazing legacy she leaves behind.”

Kristin Licata, Incoming GSB Booster Club President
 

Jill Moriarty is one of the "unsung heroes" of Gill St. Bernard's. School. As an essential part of the Booster Club for 15 years, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of our student athletes. Her leadership, vision and commitment to our school is truly remarkable.

Sid Rowell, Head of School

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