2020 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala


March 7, 2020
Bayfront Convention Center

Distinguished Alumni Award for Career and Service
Marcia Izbicki Gensheimer ’71
Marcia was often heard saying she had the best position at MPS because there was always something new and exciting to share regarding public relations and/or alumni accomplishments. She felt lucky to be the one assigned to publicize the activities of “the best high school in the area.” [read more]

Mercy Award
Julia DeMarco Persinger ’70
The Mercy Award winner should be an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the Mercyhurst Prep School mission “to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world.” Julia DeMarco Persinger embodies that mission. She received the MPS Mercy Award her freshman year at Mercyhurst Prep and has since spent her life caring for her family and her community. [read more]

Honorary Alumni
Charles Stachera
There are some very important years in the history of Mercyhurst Prep, years that stand out as being pivotal to its growth. 1926, the school began as Mercyhurst Seminary; 1963, the new building was constructed and open to any female student; and 1973, we enrolled young men into the Mercyhurst Preparatory School. Then there was 1975, the year Charles Stachera began teaching mathematics at Mercyhurst Prep. [read more]

Philanthropy Award
Kathleen and James Dammeyer, Hon. ’15
To say that honorary MPS Alumni Kathy and Jim Dammeyer have hearts for Mercyhurst Prep is an understatement. They make a positive impact on student lives in so many ways and are always willing to support student programs, offer ideas, and recommend Mercyhurst Prep to those they meet.[read more

Sponsorship and Auction Opportunities

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Be a part of the Virtual Raise the Paddle” auction for scholarships at mpslakers.com/virtual.


Contact: Lisa Nietupski
email: lznietupski@mpslakers.com
phone: 814.824.2408

Previous Honorees

Read more about our previous honorees:

2019 Awards [Sheila Dwyer-Grove ‘75, Barbara Brairton, 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]

2016 Awards [Dr. Ellen Dailey, M.D. ’71, Sister Mary Felice Duska, RSM ’52, Andrew A. Dulin, Major, USF ’00, Nancy Zimmerman & Team, Marco & Betsy Monsalve, Angie Potthoff ’92]

Photo Galleries

Browse more photos from our past galas and other fundraising events.

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Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

There’s still room for you! Contact Lisa Nietupski at lznietupski@mpslakers.com for more information.



Mary Ann Baldauf
Kathy & Jim Dammeyer, Hon. 15
Sisters of Mercy


Kim Kelly Hill ’76
Kirk Kneidinger ’87
Metz Culinary Management
Julia DeMarco Persinger ’70 &  Joseph Persinger
Pennsylvania International Academy


Annette and Michael Ahrens
Erie Bank
Erie Day School & Karen Tyler


Jay & Ruth Alberstadt
John & Julia Bongiovanni
Carl & Nicole Brugger
Dan ’78 & Annette ’81 Cullen
Alyson Amendola ’89 & Matthew Cummings
Ed & Patty Curtin
Mary Ellen Dahlkemper ’69 & Ed Lesser
Joe & Lisa Dobrich
Sheila Dwyer Grove ’75 & Bill Grove
Alice Edwards & Jamie Borowicz
Lindsey Cox Frank ’08 & Thomas Frank
Diehl & Keating Families
David & Lori Kruszewski
Jessica Horan-Kunco ’89 & Ronald J. Kunco
Jack & Meghan Mehler
Mark & Laura Miklinski
Gery & Lisa Nietupski
Jon ’86 & Susan Niland Reddinger ’89
Carmen & Judy Zimmerman Rosatti ’80
Jim & Maureen Rovegno
Chris & Mary Ellen Sorce
Dave & Kelly Stolar
Greg ’05 & Dana Stolar
David & Emily Hartwig Wachter ’99
Nels & Karen White
Dan & Susan Zimmerman

2019 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala

The 2019 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala was held on March 16!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Laker Legends Scholarship Gala!  With your help, the gala raised more scholarship money than ever before for deserving students.

The evening was filled with the true spirit of Mercy as well as plenty of laughs with old friends and new.  We are grateful to our Laker Legends and for everyone who played a part in a wonderful evening.