The Notre Dame community participated in force during the 2018 Irish Week Challenge, smashing last year's marks. NDPMA students to benefit.
The 4th Annual Irish Week Challenge finished up last week as another big success for NDPMA students! This year's Challenge raised more than $11,000 in support of Notre Dame and its annual appeal, The Notre Dame Fund, which directly benefits students at the school from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Similar to last year’s Challenge, this year’s fundraising effort was focused on everyone who’s served at any of the Notre Dame schools as well as Pontiac Catholic or Oakland Catholic. As a result, 160 faculty and staff members were honored last week, a big increase over 2017's 115. Among those called out for honor during the week were Tony Borton, Fr. John Bryson, Betty Wroubel, Fr. John Kiselica, Br. Louis Plourde, Conrad Vachon and Sandy LewAllen. A complete list of the 2018 "champions" is available below.
"One hundred eighty gifts were made by 124 donors," said Notre Dame Fund director Atif Lodhi. "More than 60 members of the Notre Dame community contributed $100 or more to the Irish Week Challenge, which earned them a special limited-edition t-shirt."
Lodhi said that each "champion" also was recognized on social media and on the NDPMA website. In additon, Irish Week Champions will receive a personalized letter and be recognized in the school's annual report.
"A big thank you to all in the community for taking part in the Irish Week Challenge and making it a week to remember," Lodhi said. "We appreciate the recognition and support for such a vital institution. Go Irish!"
The overall goal for The Notre Dame Fund is $600,000, which school officials hope to reach or surpass by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2018. More information on the fund is at ndpma.org/ndfund.
Fr. John Bryson, s.m.
Fr. Ron DesRosiers, s.m.
Dolores Connors Elbode
Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m.
Virginia "Gini" Kelly
Fr. John Kiselica
Anthony “TJ” Kulick
Mary Jo Leseman
Rachel Alexander Miller
Fr. Ron Nikodem, s.m.
Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m.
Mary Jane Pasko
Br. Louis Plourde, s.m.
Fr. James Strasz, s.m.
Susan “Toz” Toczylowski
Mary Jane Williams
NDPMA Faculty & Staff
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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.