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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

List of “Who’s your champion” honorees (as of March 19, 2017)

Dr. Laurie Alkidas
Kim Rose Anderson
Melissa Archer
Diana Atkins
Carol Belkowski
Kathy Bembas
Kelly Bicknell
Anthony Borton
Kathy Bowers
Suzanne Braverman
Jeff Bullard
Anthony Butorac
Beth Campbell
Russell Cannon
Michael Carman
Danny Chun
Madame Connors-Elbode
Joan Cross
Aaron Crouse
Allison Dery
Father Ron DesRosiers
Ned Devine
Kathy Downs
Jim Doyle
Kathy Dugan
Larry Egan
Bart “Buzz” Famularo
Dave Fazzini
Julie Frakes
Paul Frank
Rachel Fruchey
Meredith Gifford
Gretchen Glick
Andrew Guest
Barbara Hall
Dr. Claudia Heinbuck
Father Joseph Hindelang
Larry Jack
Jocelynn Yaroch
Brandon Jezdimir
Roy Johnson
Greg Kaiser
Nick Kator
Mike Kelly
Fr. John Kiselica
Joan Kopytek
Norm Kotarski
Donna Kotzan
Lin Krankel
Kim Kreisel
Mary Jo Leseman
Sandra LewAllen
Kyle Lilek
Brian Little
Carrie Lytle
Joe Martin
Kathleen McCaffrey
Mark McCaskey
Jerry McGhee
Susan McGinnis
Amy McLeod
John Mills
Jill Mistretta
Cathy Moras
Michael Morrison
Sylvia Mulrenin
Mark Murphy
Marna Nemon
Heidi Newby
Fr. Ron Nikodem
Kathleen Offer
Fr. Leon Olszamowski
David Osiecki
Ken Parent
Kala Parker
Mary Jane Pasko
Kelly Patterson
Robert Patterson
Julie Pfaff
Shari Phillips
Michelle Pittel
Marie Place
Brother Louis Plourde
Chris Polsinelli
Amy Priess
Maureen Radulski
Lauren Raleigh
William Raymond
Elaine Reimann
Harold Rice
Jamie Rodda
Katrina Sagert
Vlado Salic
Fr. Ron Saunders
LeAnne Schmidt
Jim Sesi
Mary Simmonds
Gregory Simon
Bev Smith
Kirby Smith
John Smith III
Dan Staniszewski
Fr. James Strasz
Bob Strong
Donna Stuk
Ellen Tessada
Katherine Thomas
Susan Toczylowski
Jim Travis
Conrad Vachon
Barbara Ward
Mary Watson
Jason Whalen
Beverly Williams
Betty Wroubel
Sheri Yanik
Cathy Zuccaro

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