The story behind Fairmont Forever, the Congé 2023 theme

On Saturday, January 28, 2023, Duchesne will open its doors and welcome parents, alumnae, and friends into the school's historic home once again for Congé 2023: Fairmont Forver. The community will show off its school spirit, especially students' and alumnae's fondness for Fairmont plaid, during an open-house cocktail party.

Duchesne underwent a fashion revolution in the late 70s with the introduction of pleated skirts made with a bright, bold pattern not seen at any other high school in the city.

“These skirts instantly caught everyone’s eye. Fairmont is such a beautiful, proud pattern that I’m not surprised students have loved them from the start,” said Duchesne Archivist Margo Bieker A’71.

How did his theme come to be? Following Congé 2022, an alumna emailed Special Events Director Meghan Rowen to say how much she appreciated the online auction which allowed her to participate from out-of-state. At the end of her email, she wrote: #FairmontForever.

"How could we pass on that?" said Rowen. 

This year’s event chairs are Kara and Tom Kelley, parents of Kate A’24, and Torey and John Reed, parents of Emily A’24 and Kate A’24. Duchesne appreciates their support and vision for this event which already promises to be one for the books. It is the first time Duchesne has hosted Congé in the building in 30 years. 

Congé 2022 had to be modified into a virtual event and still raised $545,000; we hope to surpass that amount this year. Duchesne, like other private high schools, has a growing need to provide tuition assistance for our students. Currently, three out of five Duchesne students receive financial support in the form of a scholarship or need-based aid. Simply put: Congé makes the dream of attending Duchesne possible for many of our students. In addition to providing financial aid, proceeds from this night support the school’s annual budget and operating expenses.

Please save the date for Congé 2023: Fairmont Forever. We can’t wait to see everyone back in the hallways of Duchesne celebrating our girls and Sacred Heart education in Omaha.

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