Irish Week Challenge reaches new heights

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

Kim Anderson
Melissa Archer
Diana Atkins
Joanne Beauchamp
John Barbee
Carol Belkowski
Kathy Bembas
Kelly Bicknell
Maria Billings
Margie Bond
Jason Borngesser
Tony Borton
Kathy Bowers
Fr. John Bryson, s.m.
Anthony Butorac
Beth Campbell
Molly Campbell
Russ Cannon
Michael Carman
Daniel Chun
Joan Cross
Ed Davis
John Deibel
Allison Dery
Fr. Ron DesRosiers, s.m.
Ned Devine
Kathy Downs
James Doyle
Kathy Dugan
Dolores Connors Elbode
David Fazzini
Julie Frakes
Pat Fox
Rachel Fruchey
Michelle Garcia
Bev Gifford
Jenny Gillis
Gretchen Glick
Stacy Goliff
Jim Grossi
John Grossman
Andrew Guest
Bobbie Hall
Patricia Hall
Laura Hand
Claudia Heinbuck
Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m.
Duane Holmes
Larry Jack
Brandon Jezdimir
Greg Kaiser
Mike Kelly
Tom Kelly
Virginia "Gini" Kelly
Denise Kelly-Kirk
Fr. John Kiselica
Eden Konja
Steven Konopacki
Joan Kopytek
Norm Kotarski
Donna Kotzan
Lin Krankel
Kim Kriesel
Anthony “TJ” Kulick
Bob LaPointe
Marty Lappe
Della Lawrence
Mary Jo Leseman
Sandy LewAllen
Kyle Lilek
Brian Little
Atif Lodhi
Carrie Lytle
Denise Mahoney
Alayna Manos
Joe Martin
Clare McCaffrey
Kathleen McCaffrey
Eleanor McCaskey
Mark McCaskey
Jerry McGhee
Sue McGinnis
Mark McGreevy
Tina McLaughlin
Amy McLeod
Stephanie Medina
Greg Milewski
Rachel Alexander Miller
Cathy Moras
Sylvia Mulrenin
Mark Murphy
Stephanie Nester
Heidi Newby
Fr. Ron Nikodem, s.m.
Kathleen Offer
Eric Olson
Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m.
Dave Osiecki
Jennifer Pakkala
Katrina Palushaj
Ken Parent
Kala Parker
Mary Jane Pasko
Kelly Patterson
Robert Patterson
Virginia Pauwels
Shari Phillips
Michelle Pittel
Marie Place
Br. Louis Plourde, s.m.
Chris Polsinelli
Amy Priess
Lauren Raleigh
Elaine Reimann
Hal Rice
Pete Riley
Whitney Robinson
Megan Rochon
Jamie Rodda
Katrina Sagert
Patricia Salazar
Vlado Salic
Justine Sciriha
Jim Sesi
Larry Sigel
Marty Simmonds
Gregory Simon
John Smith
Dan Staniszewski
Fr. James Strasz, s.m.
Bob Strong
Donna Stuk
Mychal Thom
Katherine Thomas
Ellen Tessada
Susan “Toz” Toczylowski
Jim Travis
Vince Trzcinski
Conrad Vachon
Barb Wade
Mary Watson
Jason Whalen
Mary Jane Williams
Rick Winiarski
Betty Wroubel
Sue Wylie
Patricia Wyza
Sheri Yanik
Tyler Yanik
Jocelynn Yaroch
Melissa York
Lauren Zajdel
Michelle Zimmerman
Cathy Zuccaro
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