St. Mary's School in Bellevue is proud to announce Ryan and Christina (Hascall) Legner as recipients of its 2016 Heart of Mary Award which is presented to an outstanding individual or couple who have made significant contributions to St. Mary's School. The award will be presented at St. Mary's annual benefit auction scheduled Saturday, April 9 at the Livestock Exchange Building in south Omaha.
The Legner's have given tirelessly to both the school and parish. The duo co-chaired the annual "Spring for the Children" benefit auction in 2012 and 2013 when the event achieved a heightened level of fundraising. Both are still active with the fundraiser as committee chairs. The Legner's also co-chaired the Ignite the Faith Capital Campaign at St. Mary's in 2013.
Christina has been involved with the Catholic Daughters of America and MOMS group through the parish. At the school she served as secretary of the Home and School Association (2013-14) chairing that group's school Talent Show (2014-16), Spirit Wear program (2013-14) and Alumni Scholarship program (2014-2016). She has served as a school room parent (2011-2016) and coordinated games at Youth Ministry's August Rush (2015). As a member of the School Development Committee since 2010 Christina has served on the Grants Committee (2010-2014), Adopt- A-Student Committee and Alumni Relations Committee (2014-2016) which she currently chairs.
Ryan is a member of the Knights of Columbus Columban Council #6192, and has been active in St. Mary's That Man is You program for the last five years. He's been a head basketball coach at St. Mary's since 2013 and served the local Cub Scouts program as Assistant Cub Master and Den Leader.
Christina was born and raised in the St. Mary's community. Her paternal grandparents became parishioners in the 1960's. Her father, his siblings, Christina (1991), her siblings, and several cousins attended St. Mary's School. Christina and Ryan were married at St. Mary's in 2001 before moving to Illinois. They returned in 2006 and became parishioners of St. Mary's in 2009 at which time they enrolled their four children there. Daughter Jamie graduated in 2015 and is a freshman at Gross Catholic. They have three sons at St. Mary's including Owen (6th grade), Jacob (5th grade) and Logan (2nd grade).
"We are both humbled and honored to be recognized in this way. We do our best to understand our strengths and weaknesses, what the needs of the community are and how we can help, and when to lead and when to get out of the way. We have been blessed and with open hearts, deep passion, and tireless motivation we are honored to share our blessings with St. Mary's," said the Legner's.