Soaring to New Heights at the PMA Fun Fest

September 29. 2017


by Sue Krzeminski

The 12th Annual PMA Fun Fest truly rose to new heights this year.  Especially Presentation of Mary Academy Principal Sister Maria Rosa.

When it comes to supporting her PMA students, Sister Maria would, quite simply, climb a mountain if it meant helping just one of her brood.  This year she flew through the air to raise more funds for her cherished youngsters.  Despite her fear of heights, Sister, dressed in a full nun’s habit, took a three-story-high trip on a zip line that was set up on the PMA grounds on Saturday.  Her ‘Flying Nun’ feat was to fulfill a challenge she had posed if at least $2,000 was raised.  When PMA parents, alumni, and supporters reached the $2K benchmark, Sister took to the air during a very hot and humid Fun Fest to make good on her promise.

In all, thousands of PMA students, friends, family, alumni, and community members stopped by the Fun Fest amid soaring temperatures and, to their delight, a soaring principal.  In all, PMA Fun Fest goers raised more than $32,000 during a family-bonding day of carnival booths, games, face painting, fresh baked goods, a penny sale, and even an enormous saber tooth tiger bouncy house.  The Hudson Fire Department was on hand to invite the kids inside the engine, ambulance, or command car.

For a dozen years now the Hudson community has filled the grounds of PMA each fall for the Fun Fest.  Yet, according to event organizer Chris Thompson, a fall fundraising event has taken place at the school for the last 22 years.  Previously, it was dubbed Octoberfest, but then the focus turned to the children and so Fun Fest was born.  Chris loves seeing all the former students come back to partake in the activities and reminisce with their former teachers and classmates.  Even though her children have already graduated from PMA, Chris continues to coordinate the event because it is so close to her heart.  Last year she was recognized with a Spirit of New Hampshire award for her exemplary volunteer work at PMA.

Wonder what obstacle Sister Maria plans to tackle for next year’s Fun Fest?  In previous years she’s taken on the dunk tank and this year the zip line.  Thompson calls her “a good sport with a heart of gold” who will do anything if it benefits the kids.  Maybe mountain climbing isn’t out of the picture.