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Evening of Excellence

Thank you to all that attended the 2017 Evening of Excellence.  The Catholic Central community really came together to help honor Paul and Patty Korte, Sr. Katrina Hartman, OP, and Lew Clingman.

The night would not have been successful without the help of our very generous donors.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to make Catholic Central the best it can be.

Title Sponsor
Dan and Sherry Bowen

Jandernoa Foundation
Steve and Holly Jandernoa
Jim and Linda Payne

Audio Visual
Rockford Construction

Alliance Beverage

Mike and Kiki Lown

Applause Catering
Aquinas College
Beene Garter
The Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education
The Children of Paul and Patty Korte
Lou and Nancy Moran
Mark and Kathy Morrow
Mark and Barb Scott

Rich and Mary Panek
Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

Thank You 
Thank you to our Evening of Excellence Co-Chairs, Eva Blackford (’61) and Arnette Kraus, for all your time, ideas, and love of Catholic Central.

Pay Tribute:

If you would like to pay tribute to one of the honorees, there is still time! Just click the box below.  We will be sure the honoree(s) get your message or know about your gift in their honor.


Congratulations to the 2017 Evening of Excellence Honorees!

Sr. Katrina Hartman, OP, PhD
Dominican Spirit Award
Sr. Katrina Hartman dedicated her life to teaching science. She was a valued chemistry teacher here for over 10 years before becoming a professor at Aquinas College. She is the embodiment of Dominican Spirit.

Dr. Paul (’64) and Patty Korte
Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul and Patty Korte’s passions lie in Catholic education and protecting the rights of the unborn. Through their humility, constant love and service, Paul and Patty continue to give to this community. They are lifetime achievers.

Lew Clingman (‘65)
Distinguished Alumni Award
Lew has been involved in Catholic Central athletics for over 40 years, always going above and beyond. He is our main events manager for all sporting events. He is also the organizer of MHSAA championship track and field events, garnering thousands of athletes around the state. We are blessed to call him a distinguished alumnus.


If you need further assistance or if you have additional questions, please reach out to Tressa Brondyke at tressabrondyke@grcatholiccentral.org or at 616-233-5851. We look forward to celebrating with you!