Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
November 2012 
In This Issue
Alumni Theatre Night
Grand Rapids Event
Alumni Hockey
Red Wings
St. Peter Chanel
Chicago Irish Event
Bishop Gallagher Society
Anna Mott '07
Elias Khalil '88
Matt Fountain '07
Christmas Tree Fundraiser
Prep Bowl/MHSAA
2012 Super Raffle Winners
Annual Fund
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear  ,  


Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office! 
October was a busy and exciting month that included our Oktoberfest Celebration, Super Raffle Drawings, St. Peter Chanel Dinner and Irish Traveling Dinner in Chicago. Thank you to all who came out and participated!
With November coming we all have so much to be thankful for!  Wishing all of our alumni and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Irish blessings,
Karen Guest, filling in for Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations








Alumni Theatre Night -- Thoroughly Modern Millie     

November 17, 2012


Calling all Notre Dame alumni theatre performers, musicians, stage crew, designers and student directors...


All theatre alumni are invited on Saturday, November 17, for the 7:00 p.m. show at Avondale High School. 


Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy your discounted $10 tickets for alumni and their families.  Also, be sure to stop by the theatre booth where you will be able to visit with other theatre alumni.


To get more details of the play, dates, prices, times and location, click here. 


Please RSVP and reserve your seats by contacting Meredith Gifford '02 (NDP) at 

Traveling Irish - GRAND RAPIDS!   

November 26, 2012


Join the alumni association for its second-annual gathering in Grand Rapids! Alumni from all class years welcome, along with your guests.


Monday, November 26, 2012

6:00 p.m.

Bobarinos Restaurant @ The B.O.B.

20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids


Appetizers will be provided. Beverages can be purchased on a pay-your-own-way basis. Must be 21 years old to be served alcohol.


Please RSVP for this event by November 25 at


Contact Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) at with questions. 

Alumni Hockey Tournament    

December 26, 2012


Want to play hockey with some of your old high school friends? This is just for you!


7th Annual Alumni Hockey Tournament

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

3:15 p.m. ice time

Troy Sports Center

1819 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy

** Please arrive between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.


Bring your hockey gear, including two jerseys - one light and one dark. Teams and the number of matches will be based upon the number of players who sign up.


Cost is $20.00 per player. All members of the ND alumni association are invited to particpate in this event.  Guests are invited to attend and watch the game at no charge.


Please RSVP at


Questions? Contact Mike Lesnau '06 (NDP) at (586) 381-1082 or, or Scott Lockhart '98 (NDP) at  

Red Wings Outing  

January 22, 2013



Join the alumni association for its first-ever Red Wings outing. Through an alumni connection, we've been able to secure discounted tickets.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Joe Louis Arena, 7:00 p.m.

Detroit Red Wings vs. the Calgary Flames

Tickets $35.00 per person.



Questions? Contact Scott Lockhart '98 (NDP) at


Purchase Tickets Online

St. Peter Chanel Donor Appreciation Dinner
Nearly 130 attend dinner; largest group of SPC donors in school history.


Sixteen alumni were honored on Wednesday, October 24, at the St. Peter Chanel donor appreciation dinner, which was held at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Mich. These alumni, along with more than one hundred other friends of the school, are members of the exclusive St. Peter Chanel Society, which honors individuals whose support of NDPMA and enthusiasm for its role in private, Catholic education is exceptional. Through their contributions of leadership gifts to the 2011-2012 Notre Dame Annual Fund, these alumni demonstrate a deep and genuine concern for the school and contribute substantially to support its continued excellence and fiscal soundness. St. Peter Chanel Society members' gifts to the 2011-2012 Annual Fund ranged from $1,000 to $25,000.


The following alumni were especially recognized for their contributions:

Travis Bronik '00 (NDP), Frank Castronova '89 (NDHS), Paul Gaynor '84 (NDHS), Andy Guest '84 (NDHS), Pat Haddad '81 (NDHS), John Henke '58 (NDHS), Gerard Housey '77 (NDHS), Phil Jeszke '76 (NDHS), Joe Kotzan '70 (NDHS), Peter McCanna '79 (PC), Frank Migliazzo '69 (NDHS), Gerry Nosotti '62 (NDHS), Kris Powell '75 (NDHS), Joseph Sobota '95 (NDHS), Pete Sullivan '82 (NDHS) and Lee Vaughn '84 (NDHS).

 Traveling Irish - CHICAGO a success!  

On Saturday, October 27, Notre Dame alumni gathered in the Windy City for the  Chicago Traveling Irish Dinner. More then 15 alumni from the area met up at Lizzie McNeil's Irish Pub.  The food, beverages and staff were awesome! Everyone had a great time sharing NDP memories and catching up. A big "thank you" goes out to Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) from the Notre Dame Alumni Board who traveled to Chicago to be our alumni representative and to make sure the evening went off without a hitch!  

Notre Dame High School to be honored by Bishop Gallagher Society
November 8 awards dinner at Academy of the Sacred Heart

The Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society is a group dedicated to the collection and preservation of Detroit Catholic school history. The Society will host its second-annual awards dinner on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.


The event will begin with Mass in the school chapel followed by dinner and the awards program. Notre Dame High School is one of three schools that will be honored at the event. Frank Castronova '89 (NDHS) will accept the award on behalf of the Marist Fathers and will give a short history of Marist education in metro Detroit. Keynote speakers will be US District Court Judge Gershwin Drain, a graduate of St. Gregory High School, and Mike Duggan, a Detroit Catholic Central graduate and currently CEO of the Detroit Medical Center. There will be presentations recognizing contributions to Catholic education and historic preservation in the Detroit area. 


All are invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Additional details and registration information can be found at or by calling Mike Butler (CC'71) at 734-776-0231.

Anna Mott  '07 (NDP)-Peace Corps volunteer! 
Anna is providing English instruction to students of Costa Rica.

Anna Mott is one busy person! And if you need English instruction, she is the one to contact!  Since May of this year, she has been in Costa Rica with the Peace Corps working with two Costa Rican English teachers to improve their levels of English and their teaching techniques.  She also organizes activities and English camps for the children in her town.


In Costa Rica, learning English can change a person's life, opening a door to new opportunities for work or study, a higher salary and a brighter future.  Many students at small elementary schools, however, do not receive adequate English instruction. 


In January, Anna will be running a camp called JumpStart Costa Rica for 20 students in her town.   


JumpStart Costa Rica, funded entirely through donations, offers intensive instruction to incoming seventh-graders. In addition to providing students the support they need to enter high school English classes for the first time, JumpStart seeks to boost confidence and teach life skills. 


JumpStart is funded strictly through donations.  Anna mentioned that her community has expressed more interest in JumpStart than the program is presently able to accommodate.  The students and their parents are very grateful to be able to participate in this program. 


If you would like to see the full story or make a donation to JumpStart, click here for the details. 



Anna Mott ('07 NDP center) with some of her Costa Rican English students.


Elias Khalil  '88 (NDHS) wins $50,000 to open restaurant
Winner of the 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest
 LaFeria  co-owners   Elias  '88 (NDHS) (3rd from  left)  and  Naomi  Khalil  (2nd from left) receive  their  award  from  Hatch Detroit  Co-Founders.


With 250 retail business plans submitted, Elias '88 (NDHS) and Naomi Khalil were thrilled to hear their restaurant, La Feria, was chosen as the winner of $50,000. They won the 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest. Hatch Detroit is a non-profit organization that helps support retail businesses in Detroit.


The Khalils, along with their head chef Pilar Baron Hidalgo, plan on opening La Feria in 2013.  La Feria will be a Spanish restaurant located on Cass Avenue in Detroit's Cass Corridor. The Khalils want to introduce Detroiters to authentic Spanish dining!  


Click here for the complete story.

NDPMA receives donation from Matt Fountain '07 (NDP) 


NDPMA would like to give Matt Fountain '07 (NDP) a great big "THANK YOU" for donating biotech equipment and glassware to our Science department. Matt works in a research lab at Michigan State University.  When the MSU lab was being renovated and there was equipment they didn't need any longer, Matt thought of NDP. Thanks again, Matt, for thinking of your alma mater! We have put the equipment to great use! 

Christmas Tree Fundraiser
Addison Oaks Christmas Tree Farm - Frank Rimi '71 (NDHS)

It's that time of the year when we will be putting up our Christmas trees! Here's your

chance to support Notre Dame and a Notre Dame High alumnus!


For each tree sold, Addison Oaks Tree Farm will donate $5 back to Notre Dame. 


Addison Oaks Christmas Tree Farm is owned and operated by Frank '71 (NDHS) and Cathy Rimi and their three sons. The 20-acre site was first planted as a tree farm in 1988 and features rolling, scenic topography.  The farm is nestled between two parks in northern Oakland Townshop.  Click here for more details on Addison Oaks Christmas Tree Farm.


Opens: November 17, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. (Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9 - 5, weekdays 12 -5)


Be sure to print out the donation voucher.  It must be presented at the time of purchase.  To download the donation voucher, click here.


For directions to the tree farm, click here.  



Christmas tree shoppers line up with their purchases at Addison Oaks

Christmas Tree Farm, November 2011. 

Irish Prep Bowl  Recap and MHSAA results 

On Saturday, October 20, at

Ford Field, the Fighting Irish lost to Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 17-12, in the 2012 CHSL Prep Bowl. The Irish had won 21 games consecutively and played in the Prep Bowl two years in a row.


NDP won the opening round of the MHSAA playoffs at home on Saturday, October 27, defeating Clarenceville, 41-20. The team advanced to play Detroit Country Day in the MHSAA district final on Saturday, November 3, at NDP. With a close game at hand, NDP fell to Country Day 14-12.   


Congratulations to the Fighting Irish on their awesome football season!



NDPMA's 2012 Super Raffle winners announced!
Super Raffle Winners 2012
The Holloway family, from left, Douglas Holloway, Kelly Holloway and ND Prep  sophomore  Paige Holloway along with Br. Louis Plourde, s.m., from NDPMA pose with a check representing the $50,000 grand prize .


On Saturday, October 6, at the Oktoberfest Celebration, the four winning tickets were called and the winners were notified!


1st place - $50,000 (ticket no. 015660) Holloway Family 

2nd place - $10,000 (ticket no. 001677) Sue Teerlink

3rd place - $5,000 (ticket no. 002473) Brian Berry

4th place - $1,000 (ticket no. 021530) Nino LoChirco


The Oktoberfest Celebration was a hit with more than 600 people coming out to the party! We would like to thank all the alumni who attended and who volunteered to bartend. A big "thank you" also goes out to all the Notre Dame alumni who purchased raffle tickets.  Over $11,000 in ticket sales came from alumni. 

Notre Dame Prep  recognized for Excellence in Academics 



In October, Notre Dame Prep received special recognition from The Cardinal Newman Society, which administers the Catholic High School Honor Roll.  NDP earned the recognition for "Excellence in Academics and Civic Education" and shared the award with only one other school in the United States. We, as the Notre Dame community, should all be very proud!  It's the hard work of all the teachers, staff and students that got us this recognition. Keep up the great work! 

Notre Dame Annual Fund kicks off


It's a new school year and with it comes a new annual fund campaign. In early October, you should have received a letter in the mail describing the Notre Dame Annual Fund and asking for your support. Later in the year, you may receive a phone call or an e-mail asking for a gift.


We thank former NDHS faculty members Fr. Robert Champagne, s.m., Hal Rice and Ken Parent, and NDP student Francesco Munaco '13, for lending their names to our NDHS and NDP alumni solicitations this year.


Each year we see increased alumni support and we hope this year is no exception. The 2011-12 annual fund saw a 25% increase in alumni donors and a 30% increase in alumni dollars over 2010-11. Please prayerfully consider a gift to the 2012-13 Notre Dame Annual Fund. If you've contributed in the past, consider matching or increasing your most recent gift. If you've not yet supported the annual fund, consider making your first gift to Notre Dame.


If you have any questions about the Notre Dame Annual Fund, please contact Annual Fund Director Frank Castronova '89 (NDHS) at 248-373-2171 x 5 or

List of upcoming class reunions:


If your graduation year ends in a 3 or 8, your class should be celebrating a reunion in 2013!


Considering planning a reunion for your class?  The alumni office can help you get started.

Call (248) 373-2171 ext. 3 or email for details.


NDHS Class of 1963, 50-year

Date TBA, September 2013. Tentative plans for a reunion weekend include a Tigers game, dinner at a Detroit casino, and a Sunday morning Mass downtown. Contacts: John McCabe, (586) 822-5153; Don Herman, (586) 781-0220.


NDHS Class of 1965, 50-year

Contacts: Dennis Berger,, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski,


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1973, 40-year

Event is in the early planning stage. Contact Nancy Mazza '73 (PC) at


NDP Class of 2002, 10-year

Saturday, November 24, 2012. The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. For more info and to RSVP, visit Reunion contacts: Steve Skok,; Bill Higgins,; Teresa Elliott,; Jane Dika,, Gerry Mattei,   


NDP Class of 2008, 5-year

Reunion is in the early planning stages. Reunion contacts: Shannon Bartlett,; Katie Berlin,

For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit 

We pray for those who have died:    

Robert T. Belletini, brother of Mark Belletini '67 (NDHS). 10-24-12


Lyla Byland, grandmother of NDP secretary Carrie Lytle and great-grandmother of Marist Academy student Benjamin Lytle. 10-22-12


Steven J. Trupiano '60 (NDHS). 10-19-12


Jacqueline Rose (LaFrate) VanCoppenolle, mother of Kevin VanCoppenolle '96 (NDHS).   10-19-12


LeVerne Raymond Coleman '50 (SM). 10-14-12


Russell Malone '42 (SF). 10-14-12


David Sikorski D.O., uncle of Alexander Scales '08 (NDP) and Andrew Scales '11 (NDP). 10-13-12


Peter Francis Spellman, father of Peter Spellman '72 (PC) and Michael Spellman '73 (PC), father-in-law of Theresa (Cassabon) Spellman '73 (PC). 10-12-12


Rena P. Bourgeois, mother of David Bourgeois '89 (NDHS).   10-12-12


Fioravante "Fiori" Mangone, father of Fioravante Mangone '75 (NDHS). 10-11-12


Robert C. Eineichner, brother of David Eineichner '70 (NDHS). 10-7-12


Henry Komasara, father of Joseph Komasara '75 (NDHS). 10-5-12


Lorenzo J. Schulz, son of Lorian Scarchilli '86 (NDHS) and nephew of Sylvan Scarchilli '88 (NDHS). 10-4-12


Beatrice Kallen, grandmother of Mitchell Kallen '09 (NDP). 9-29-12


Edward Goralewski '59 (NDHS). 9-18-12


Margaret Miller, grandmother of Katherine Staniszewski '99 (NDP) and Daniel Staniszewski '02 (NDP).   9-12-12


Yvonne Patricia "Bonnie" Hypnar grandmother of Rebeca Hypnar '01 (NDP), Cristyn Hypnar '04 (NDP), and Jonathan Hypnar '08 (NDP). 8-30-12



We pray for the sick: 


Joey Caretti, the twelve-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa Caretti (Regina HS). The family asks for prayers as he continues to recuperate from various side effects related to his cancer treatment.


Email your prayers and petitions to 

You are invited!      



13- Alumni ISACS meeting 2pm at NDPMA. To RSVP, please email

13 - Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm at Hoops Bar, Auburn Hills

17- Alumni Theatre Night

26 -Traveling Irish, Grand Rapids 



26 - Alumni Hockey Tournament