The Laker Legends Virtual Scholarship Gala: March 27, 2021 7:00 p.m. EST

Gala Was Virtually Wonderful

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Laker Legends Virtual Scholarship Gala. Because of you, vitally needed assistance can better be provided to the more than 65% of Mercyhurst Prep students who attend MPS with the help of scholarships and financial aid

Thank you to everyone who virtually “Raised the Paddle” before, during, and after the Gala.

It’s not too late!! You can still donate at

We are grateful to all those who bid on silent auction items and bought raffle tickets and to each person and business that donated a prize and wished us well.

To those who joined us for the live stream program, we hope you enjoyed hearing from fellow alumni, family members, and friends, and we hope you enjoyed a peek into Laker Life in 2021! We are grateful to honorary chairpersons Julie Craig, Nick Adams, and Kathy and Jim Dammeyer, as well as our host, MPS President Ed Curtin. You can view the program, livestreamed on March 27.

A special thank you goes out to our wonderful sponsors. Thank you for helping pass mercy on!

President’s Circle ($5,000)

Laker Legacy ($2,500)

AHN/St. Vincent/Highmark
Mercyhurst University
UPMC Health Plan
Kathy and Jim Dammeyer, Honorary ’15
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas New York Pennsylvania West

Green and White ($1,000)

Luck of the Irish ($500)

Mary Ann Baldauf
Hagan Business Machines
Martha Wurst Hilbert ’55
Kim Kelly Hill ’76
Julia ’70 and Joe Persinger
Dan ‘78 and Annette Vacanti Cullen ‘80
Hoffman United
Dr. Stephen and Kelly Kovacs
Dr. David and Lori Kruszewski

Host ($250)

Atty. Jay and Ruth Alberstadt
Barbara Brairton, Honorary ’19
Ed and Patty Curtin
Mary Ellen Dahlkemper ’69 and Ed Lesser
DiFranco Family Foot Care
Bill and Sheila Dwyer Grove ’75
Alice Edwards, PhD and Jamie Borowicz, PhD
Lindsay Cox Frank ‘08 and Thomas Frank
Tom Guelcher, Honorary ’17
Expert Computers Inc.
Ronald J. Kunco and Jessica Horan-Kunco ’89
Brian and Ann Marie Lang
Atty. Jack and Meghan Mehler
Atty. Gery and Lisa Nietupski
Jon ‘86 and Susan Niland Reddinger ‘89
Marilyn Agresti Renkes ’59
Judy Zimmerman Rosatti ’80 and Carmen Rosatti
Lisa ’80 and Rob ’78 Rosenthal
Jim and Maureen Rovegno
Mary Hembrow Snyder
Dave and Kelly Stolar
Greg ’05 and Dana Stolar
Smith Provision Company
Emily ’99 and David Wachter
Nels and Karen White
Daniel A. Zimmer ’03 Harvest Home Interiors

Honor Roll ($100)

Laker Friend ($25)

Nicholas and Rachel White Allburn ’04
Stephen Bagnoni ’93
Diehl Family
Joe and Lisa Dobrich
Erie Day School
Susanne Fitch ’87
Gary and Mary Pat Froehlich
Brenda Karlinchak
Tom Kaspick
Keating Family
Alma Kort
Jerry and Susan Matteson
Catherine Norcott ’07
Chuck Stachera, Honorary ’20
Alicia and Ronald Bryant
Kim and Greg Ferrick
Marcia Gensheimer ’73
Michael and Carol Perry
Beth Pruchnicki ’90
Forrest Stuckey ’12
Sarah White ’20
Paul and Nicole Wojcik

Previous Honorees

Read more about our previous honorees:

2020 Awards
Marcia Izbicki Gensheimer ’71
Julia DeMarco Persinger ’70
Charles Stachera, Hon. ’20
Kathleen and James Dammeyer, Hon. ’15

2019 Awards
Sheila Dwyer-Grove ‘75
Barbara Brairton. ’19
Conrad Kubaney ’10
Marquette Savings Bank

2018 Awards
Dr. Joseph Michael Boesch ‘78
Sr. Joan McCabe, RSM ’51
Ken Regenor ’81
Bill Bengel
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP

2017 Awards
Major David Matteson, M.D., M.S. ‘01
Judy Zimmerman Rosatti ’80
Dr. Jamie Borowicz
Louise Hufstader Courtelis ’50 and Kiki Courtelis
Thomas C. Guelcher, Hon. ’17