By Mark Holan, Special to the Sun News March 03, 2014 at 8:39 AM
PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Holy Name High School’s “Rising Tide” 100th anniversary gala March 1 at the Embassy Suites was a huge success on several levels. First, it raised funds for the storied high school, and second, it brought together many alumni who hadn’t seen each other in a long time.
The high school that began at the Holy Name parish at the intersection of Harvard and Broadway in Cleveland has grown at its present location in the former Nazareth Academy building.
Over the years, Holy Name has been synonymous with academic and athletic excellence.
Present at the Rising Tide gala were four members of the 1975 Division II State Championship football team. Pat Powers, Neil Gehring, Tom Amato and Dave Kotowski looked in great shape and signed a football that was part of the silent auction. Amato has been inducted into the Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame.
Co-chairs of the Rising Tide Committee Colleen Corrigan-Day (Class of 1988) and Kim Novak-Szczepinski did a fine job of organizing the live and silent auctions, which raised money for the school’s capital funds.
Ben Farmer, the former principal, will become president of the school after this year. Farmer welcomed the guests and talked about the bright future for the co-ed school.
Ivan Sevel (Class of 1947) was the oldest alumnus at the gala. He and his wife, Sharon, were joined by their son, Robert, and his wife. The Sevels have been married for 54 years
Roseann Busciglio Burgan (Class of 1963) was joined by her friend, Rose Zatezalo.
Burgan reminisced about her class’ 50th reunion this past summer, also at the Embassy Suites, and hanging out at Mama Ray’s at the corner of Harvard and Broadway during her high school days.
“We were all friends with each other,” she said. “It was a great time to be in high school.”
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