An amazing night was had by all who attended the 2015 Rising Tide Gala Auction this past Saturday! For the first time ever, the Gala Auction was held at Holy Name, with the overall theme being “There’s No Place Like Home.” Our dedicated Decorations Committee, led by the talented Julie Alberty (P ’17) and Laura McNamara Gray ’86 (P ’14 and ’17), transformed the Memorial Gymnasium into a beautiful venue. Putting their own spin on ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ the Decorations Committee created an Emerald City that included a corn field, apple tree, rainbow, poppies and a yellow brick road! A special thanks goes to the following vendors who helped make this amazing setting possible:

Pat Catan’s
Catan Fashions
Catan Events,  especially Events Director Brenda Kucinski
Troy Entertainment
Precision Multimedia (Dave Zarzycki ’86)
ACE Lighting Services/UV Lighting International/Light Bulb Supply (Doug Clarke P ’18)
Olmsted Ice (Tony Dickson P ’15)

We also owe a huge thank you to:

Driftwood Catering, who provided a delicious meal, and La Bakery Boutique, who provided tasty cupcakes for dessert.

Qwestcom Graphics, especially Joanne Porvaznik and Danny Day ’08, who were instrumental in helping us to produce the Auction Booklet.

Auctioneer Brooks Ames, who helped make the Live Auction a huge success.

David Fisher ’94 who photographed the event.

Volunteer Committee Chairs, Tony ’86 and Suzanne Mercuri (P ’17), who coordinated both the adult and student volunteers.

Gift Acquisitions Committee Chairs, Joe ’87 and Sue Paris ’84 Laviano (P ’15 and ’18), Kevin ’84 and Denise McNamara (P ’18) and Mark ’88 and Alison Priebe (P ’16 and ’18), who helped secure amazing gifts for the silent and live auctions.

Every person, business or organization who made a donation or gift to help make the Gala Auction a reality.

George Palko ’83 and Beth Gallagher Powers ’52 (P ’75, ’76, ’77, ’78, ’81, ’83 and ’84), who shared their stories and gave their time to create the Namers in Need Video.

DIGIZOOM MEDIA, who filmed and produced the powerful Namers in Need Video.

Tricia Coyne Schieferstein (P ’17), who offered incredible insight on the entire event and her husband James Schieferstein, who managed the bars and made sure everything ran smoothly throughout the entire evening.

Our dedicated HN alumni, moms and friends, who came up throughout the weeks leading up to the Gala Auction and helped organize every aspect of the event, including Eileen Tivenan Adams ’88 (P ’13, ’14 and ’16) Laura Surella Calaiacovo ’88 (P ’16 and ’18), Joey Canitia (P ’15), Michelle Crowe (P ’16), Sue Canda DiGeronimo ’77 (P ’12 and ’15), Beth Ehrbar (P ’15), Robert Gala ’01, Patricia Gallagher (P ’16), future Namer Molly Gray, Maureen Gannon Hennessey ’75, Therese Powers McCall ’75 (P ’05, ’07 and ’09), Mary Kay McNamara ’84, Kathleen Miluk (P ’14, P ’16 and P ’17), Martha Reid (P ’18), Sharon Regan (P ’16 and P ’18), Lisa Vollman (P ’14 and P ’17) and Michelle Wolf (P ’16), plus countless others who we greatly appreciate!

Our volunteers the evening of the Gala Auction who made sure everything ran smoothly, including Ellen Knight Ashwill ’75, Janice Gray (P ’12, ’17 and ’18), Andrea Montowski (P ’09 and ’17) Jim Powers ’83 and Leigh-Ann Revay (P ’14 and ’17), and our awesome faculty and staff members: Joanie and Joe Ehrbar (P ’06, ’08, ’09, ’13 and ’15), Sr. Paula Greggila, Kim Jones, Joe Langa ’75, Nina Medley, Lillian Paul, Tim Sullivan, Mary Stringer Wallace ’85 (P ’15, ’16 and ’18), and Coach Dan Wondolowski and his wife, Jess.

Business Manager Bernie Kowal, her husband, and her son, Paul ’08, who did a terrific job managing the check out area.

Mrs. Beth Ryan and the HN Art Students, who created all of the poppies that were on display.

The HN Maintenance Staff of Joe Bailey, Dean Bowditch ’83 and Tom Schulte, who were there at every turn to help.

Our more than 80 student volunteers, who spent the night greeting guests, serving dinner and delivering gifts to attendees’ cars.

All those who attended and helped to support Holy Name’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Funds.

The Gala Auction Committee apologizes if anyone was forgotten in this listing; please know that everyone’s support – from volunteers and attendees, to those who donated and were sponsors – is and will always be appreciated by the Holy Name Community. With your generosity, we are able to continue to offer a premier and affordable education to students throughout Northeast Ohio.

Please save the date for next year’s Gala Auction, taking place Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Holy Name High School!

All Hail Holy Name!

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baseballs_pageBy Robert Rozboril, Northeast Ohio Media Group  on April 14, 2015 10:27 PM

Holy Name baseball coach gets 270th win in thriller

With the game tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh, Holy Name freshman Trevor Denning hit an RBI single to give the Green Wave a one-run victory on Tuesday against St. Thomas Aquinas.


Thanks to Randy Maggio ’18, the Holy Name Intramural Basketball Program now has a website to call its own! The site, which is www.leaguelineup.com/holynameintramuralbball, includes team schedules, rosters, standings and results. Game scorers and referees can also check the site for their game assignments, and participants can review intramural rules there as well. In the future, the site will also include team pictures and more in-depth game summaries.

The HN community looks forward to visiting the site to learn more about this year’s Intramural Basketball program, which includes several teams in both the Boys Lower/Coed Division (9th and 10th grade boys, plus 9th-12th grade girls) and the Boys Upper Division (11th and 12th grade boys, along with faculty members and 12th grade girls).

If anyone has questions about the site, please contact Intramural Basketball Moderator Mr. Lou Latona ’70.

The Holy Name High School family is blessed with students who celebrate their faith by giving back to their communities. One of these students, Roberto Santiago ’18, coordinated the creation of handmade sawdust carpets at his parish, La Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Cleveland. The carpets were out throughout Holy Week and depicted various holy images.

Roberto, who earned his Eagle Scout ranking by leading this project and has now made this beautiful display a reality two years in a row at his parish, was interviewed by WOIO Channel 19 this week. You can watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1NJtOH5.

Channel 19 also took several wonderful photos of the beautiful sawdust carpets. The entire gallery can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1NQeTwF.

Additionally, Cleveland.com included images of the carpets on their site, and they can be found here: http://bit.ly/1xOjfAJ.

We congratulate Roberto and are proud of his commitment to his faith and community!

Please remember that all Holy Name High School scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year are due this Thursday, April 2, 2015. They can be turned in either to the Main Office, or to the Advancement Office.

Before turning in the scholarship applications, please make sure all materials (required essays, activity listings, etc.) are completed and included. No late applications and/or materials will be accepted for consideration.

A complete listing of all available Holy Name scholarships, as well as the scholarship applications themselves, can be found at http://www.holynamehs.com/holy-name-high-school-tuition/.

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Kate McCall in the Advancement Office at kmccall@holynamehs.com.


Support Holy Name High School’s 2015 Rising Tide Gala Auction!

Holy Name’s annual Rising Tide Gala Auction will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015. For the first time ever, it will be held in Holy Name’s Memorial Gymnasium. As the largest fundraising event for our school, the Gala Auction directly assists with student financial aid and scholarships, helping us to provide students with an affordable and outstanding education.

To make this year’s Gala Auction a success, we need your support! We are asking you to consider participating in one of the following ways:

Donate. We are in need of items that we can feature in either our silent or live auctions. If you have valuable merchandise, rare collectibles, business or personal services, or access to unique events, we need your contribution today. Please visit http://www.holynamehs.com/auction2015/, then go to the item donation tab to submit a gift.

Or, you can also give us a monetary donation. Please visit http://www.holynamehs.com/auction2015/, then go to the registration tab to make a monetary donation.

Be a Sponsor. Contact Holy Name at cday@holynamehs.com or (440) 886-0300 ext. 136 to take advantage of promotional opportunities for your business or to pledge your individual support.

Purchase Tickets. Attend the event to participate in the bidding and festivities. Please visit http://www.holynamehs.com/auction2015/, then go to the registration tab to purchase tickets.

Tell Your Friends. Do you know someone who would be interested in supporting our cause? Please share the news of the 2015 Rising Tide Gala Auction with your friends so they can be part of the excitement and get involved.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of Holy Name; we appreciate any assistance you can provide to the Gala Auction! If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Holy Name High School Director of Constituent Relations Colleen Corrigan Day ’88 at cday@holynamehs.com or (440) 886-0300 ext. 136.

The 2015 Rising Tide Gala Auction Committee

On Saturday, March 21, Holy Name High School’s Drama Club participated in the Cleveland Theatre Conference’s annual One Act Play Festival. Held at the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts, the One Act Festival featured students from Cleveland Catholic high schools, with Holy Name performing “A Merry Regiment of Women” by Rae Shirley.

Our students did a wonderful job, with the following students receiving awards:

Sarah Durma ’16 (Desdemona) – Sarah received tickets to a performance at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.

Lizzie Groth ’17 (Juliet) – Lizzie received a Best Stage Presence Award.

Nicole Rini ’15 (Cleopatra) – Nicole received a Best Stage Presence Award as well.

Anna Regan ’18 (Kate the Shrew) – Anna won a silver medal.

The entire cast of “A Merry Regiment of Women” is commended for delivering an outstanding performance, which earned praise from other directors, student performers and audience members. The entire cast and crew included:

Director – Mr. Joe Langa ’75
Student Director – Mason Kuhr ’16
Stage Manager – Julie Purich ’16
Crew – Mike Hightower ’15
Juliet’s Nurse – Stephanie Sawicki ’16
Juliet – Lizzie Groth ’17
Desdemona – Sarah Durma ’16
Lady Macbeth – Claire Leff ’17
Cleopatra – Nicole Rini ’15
Kate the Shrew – Anna Regan ’18
King Henry V – Thomas Joyce ’16
Romeo – Ricky Ortega ’16
Petruchio – Kyle Wadley ’17
Female Understudy – Kaitlin Petitt ’17
Male Understudy – Max Logue ’17

Congratulations to everyone involved on a job well done. We’re proud of you!

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All sixth through eighth graders are invited to attend the second annual Holy Name High School Baseball Clinic, taking place Saturday, March 28 in Holy Name’s Auxiliary Gym! The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with sign in beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per player, and checks can be made payable to Holy Name High School. The cost covers the clinic instruction and a camp t-shirt, and all sign-ups can be brought on the day of the clinic.

Participants should wear baseball pants and tennis shoes; no cleats are allowed. They should also bring a helmet, bat and glove, and catcher’s equipment (if applicable). The clinic will feature a variety of hitting, pitching, catching, infield and outfield drills, and skills evaluations will be given at the end of the day.

If you have any questions, please contact HN Varsity Baseball Head Coach Dennis Markiewicz ’71 at (216) 341-1312 or at (440) 886-0300 ext. 103.

Additional details and the registration form can be found below:

HN Baseball Clinic Information and Registration Sheet

Our student artists have been doing an amazing job creating beautiful pieces of artwork this semester! In this week’s HN Art Update, we are featuring work done in Mrs. Beth Ryan’s Intermediate Design class and her Drawing and Painting class.

The student artists featured here are:

Rachel Kucharczyk ’15 – Acrylic on Canvas
Nick Opincar ’17 – Acrylic on Board
Julie Purich ’16 – Acrylic on Board
Lydia Stilla ’15 – Acrylic on Canvas
Rory Strauss ’16 – Acrylic on Board

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Green Wave fans: Remember that today’s boys’ regional final basketball game versus Defiance begins at 4 p.m, with the game taking place at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center. The address for the Stroh Center is 1535 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43403.

Also: Parking will cost $5. BGSU is playing in a CIT Tournament Game at 1 p.m., so you may have to park farther away from the Stroh Center. If you are interested in watching BGSU play Canisius College in the CIT Tournament game, tickets are only $5 for HN fans.

Additionally, there will be $2 concession items on sale, including hot dogs, popcorn, and 16 oz. fountain beverages. Bowling Green has also notified HN that those fans who purchase a BGSU men’s basketball ticket can receive a 10% discount off their bill at El Zarape. El Zarape is right across the street from the Stroh Center. Driving is not necessary to reach this establishment.

We look forward to seeing you in Bowling Green at 4 p.m.! Go Green Wave!