Third Annual Irish Week Challenge raises more than $11,500 to benefit Notre Dame students.
The 3rd Annual Irish Week Challenge finished up last week as another big success for NDPMA! The Challenge raised more than $11,500 in support of Notre Dame and its annual appeal, The Notre Dame Fund, which directly benefits students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade.
Similar to last year’s Challenge, which honored four of the school’s staffers—Fr. James Strasz, Mrs. Ellen Tessada, Mr. Norman Kotarski, and Ms. Kathy Bembas—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, more than 115 faculty and staff members were honored last week as part of the challenge. Among those called out during the week were Diana Atkins, Fr. Ron DesRosiers, Gretchen Glick, Fr. John Kiselica, Br. Louis Plourde and Conrad Vachon. A complete list of "champions" is available below.
“Based on the enthusiastic response to the previous two efforts, we decided to expand the challenge,” said Gregory Simon, Notre Dame’s director of advancement. “The ‘Who's Your Champion’ theme gave donors a chance to honor anyone who works (or worked) to make our Notre Dame schools special. We are thrilled, grateful, and humbled by the generous response. It goes to show how much our community of alumni, parents and friends appreciate the work being done on behalf of our students.”
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, 2017. More information on the fund is at ndpma.org/ndfund.
List of “Who’s your champion” honorees (as of March 19, 2017)
Dr. Laurie Alkidas
Kim Rose Anderson
Father Ron DesRosiers
Bart “Buzz” Famularo
Dr. Claudia Heinbuck
Father Joseph Hindelang
Fr. John Kiselica
Mary Jo Leseman
Fr. Ron Nikodem
Fr. Leon Olszamowski
Mary Jane Pasko
Brother Louis Plourde
Fr. Ron Saunders
John Smith III
Fr. James Strasz
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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division 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 divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, 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.