On September 25, 2015 the Orchard Lake Schools Alumni Association held an honor ceremony and gathering for the first Championship Football Team, the 1955 Eaglets. Eight members from the team made an appearance along with family and friends. They were presented with plaques for their accomplishments at a half-time ceremony.
This night was also dedicated to Vinnie Campisi, a member of the Class of 2002, who passed away in 2007. Vinnie was a beloved athlete of the St. Mary’s Prep family. His family and friends started a scholarship in Vinnie’s name to go to an incoming freshman faced with adversity. The applicant is asked to submit a paper about how he overcame a tough time. The scholarship committee votes on the winner. The night consisted of a fundraiser that raised the scholarship over $6,000.
Hockey Alumni Night/Fundraiser
December 19, 2015
The Alumni Association of the Orchard Lake Schools invites you to the Saturday, December 19, 2015 Alumni Appreciation Night for the Fasan Family. It will be held at 9 PM in the St. Mary’s Athletic Complex (SMAC). On this night, following the varsity hockey game, we will be hosting a fundraiser with a Chinese raffle and a live auction to raise money for an Eaglet family in need.
Alex Fasan (P’12) lost his mother, Nancy, on December 9, 2015 to cancer. For those who don’t know Alex, he also lost his father as a child. He is enrolled at Michigan State and is on track to graduate very soon. Alex and his sister, Toni, are now left with a huge hole in their hearts but also the financial burden of taking care of expenses not faced by most 20-year-olds. The Alumni Association would like to collect as many donations as possible to help Alex and Toni out.
There will be complimentary adult beverages and food at the event but donations are highly encouraged. Please let us reflect on this holiday season and give back to one of our own in need.
Class of 1995 Gives Back to a Brother in Need
The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Class of 1995’s graduation. Every class tries to leave an imprint on campus whether it is statue, a building update, names carved in the brick of the old gym or a gift to future alumni. The Class of 1995 wanted to do something much more meaningful and show all other classes what a St. Mary’s man is all about.
In the months following the accident that left Shane Dwyer (P ’06) paralyzed from the chest down, many different fundraisers were held at St. Mary’s to help support him and his medical needs. Then Alumni Director, Dominic Knight, received a phone call from a member of the Class of 1995 stating that the class was making a donation of $10,000 into the “Shane Will” fund.
As Knight reached out to the St. Mary’s Preparatory Class of 1995 representative, this person made it clear that this donation wasn’t just a one-man driven operation, and that they wished to keep names anonymous when giving their class gift to a fellow Eaglet (of another graduating year) who was in need.
Not one of the members of the Class of ‘95 has ever met Shane Dwyer before this act of kindness but this generosity speaks volumes about the brotherhood that the Class of 1995 has embraced and the character that they hold. The only request that the Eaglets of 1995 asked of Dominic Knight was that he give a message to the rest of the alumni of Orchard Lake; “What will your class do to continue the brotherhood?”
Thank you to the Class of 1995 for raising the bar and giving back to the Orchard Lake Schools!
Alumni Nights Recognize Accolades & Adversity
On February 6, 2015 the Alumni Association honored two alumni, Josh Bourke (P ’00) and Fr. John Grabowski
(P ’31), for their athletic and stewardship excellence. Bourke, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and is now in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, has been a key contributor to St. Mary’s since graduating in 2000. Grabowski (departed), who played in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization and came back to St. Mary’s to help coach the Preparatory and College before becoming a priest, was represented by his nephew, Larry Nadrowski (P ’61). The game was followed by a celebration for the honorees and a fundraiser for alumnus, Shane Dwyer (P ’06), who was paralyzed in late December 2014.
The first state championship hockey team of St. Mary’s Preparatory was honored at the December 5, 2014 Alumni Night. The evening was filled with high energy as our hockey team took on Catholic Central. At the second intermission, 11 team members and three coaches from the 2004-05 championship team came back for an award ceremony. Four parents who were catalysts for the hockey program were also honored, including Dane Fortney, Tony Nagorsen, Amy Anstett and Nicole Schneider. The night was followed by a whiskey tasting, black jack and a live musical performance by Cooper Anstett.