Notre Dame College receives largest gift in its 90-year history

Notre Dame College (NDC) announced today that it has received the largest donation in its 90-year history. Normandy Catering has made a commitment of $2.075 million over 10 years, with $1.75 million in cash earmarked for the College’s annual fund, student financial aid, and support of the College’s general building and construction initiatives. There is an additional $325,000 in-kind component to the gift. The College has received three gifts of half a million dollars or more in the past eight months.

Addressing a Christmas celebration of faculty and staff of the College, Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., said “We are celebrating Christmas a bit early this year through the generosity of Normandy Catering. Their two-plus million dollar gift surpasses any the College has received since its founding 90 years ago.”

Normandy Catering Vice President James Carmigiano added, “We are proud to be a growing Northeast Ohio success story as is Notre Dame College, and we are grateful to be able to collaborate with them in serving their students. We believe that our growth and that of the College are the direct result of our shared commitment to providing our customers with personal attention, the highest quality products and treating all with respect. We believe strongly in the work that is being done at Notre Dame College and the impact their students are making on the community and the world. We look forward to teaming with the College in many mutual future successes, and we hope our leadership gift will encourage others to follow our lead and support the College financially.”

In making the announcement, President Andrew P. Roth called the gift transformational.

 “A gift of this magnitude is nothing short of transformational. It will directly benefit the College's students by providing financial aid support and enhanced facilities; also, it will inspire other benefactors to assist the College in meeting the challenge of funding a values-based education to which many of our students would not otherwise have access. The Normandy team reminds us that it is all about the students. We are grateful that our passion for quality higher education is being recognized by generous people who respect the impact of values-based, smaller, private schools such as ours on the lives of students,” said Dr. Roth.

“It was in recognition of their hands-on, personal attention to the needs of their clients that we switched our campus food service operations in 1999 from a large national concern to Normandy, a local company with a reputation for quality, service and attention to detail,” added Roth. “Their focus on personal attention and customer satisfaction parallels our 90-year commitment to academic excellence and personal attention to all students in a warm, familial, and nurturing environment. We sincerely thank them for their generosity and their confidence in Notre Dame College.”

“The working relationship we have with the College goes much deeper than that of service provider and client,” said Ryan Baker, Normandy Catering’s General Manager. “While we take great pride in meeting the food service needs of the College, we have come to know the students in a special way. While we tend to their nutritional needs, we also understand they are people in their most formative years and feel a responsibility to help them in any ways we can. It is gratifying to be a part of their overall development, and we know all too well how many of them would not be here at Notre Dame without financial assistance and scholarships. We are proud to do all we can to provide them with opportunities that are too often taken for granted.

Last spring, the College received two anonymous $500,000 gifts, one in support of its nursing program and one in support of campus buildings and construction.


Founded in 1922 by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the College today educates a diverse population of students for personal, professional, and global responsibility in a variety of fields. 

Notre Dame College has sustained record enrollment in each of the last eight years and is one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation in its Carnegie classification. From 878 students in 2001 to 2,250 today, the College has grown by 240% over the decade.Students come from 20 different states and a dozen different countries, and one-fourth are minority students, making Notre Dame one of the most diverse colleges in Ohio.

Notre Dame is an opportunity college that provides a private, values-based, Catholic education in the liberal arts to students who might otherwise not have access to such an experience. More than half of the students are the first in their families to go to college and nearly half are not Catholic.

Notre Dame has been a significant incubator of new jobs at a time when other businesses have been compelled to reduce staff and now has more than 250 employees.


Established in 1978, Normandy Catering is a leader in the food service industry, serving over one million meals annually. Started in the Carmigiano family kitchen as a home-based catering business, Normandy Catering, like Notre Dame College, is a local success story. The company serves colleges, charter schools, public schools, academies and local corporations; it also specializes in corporate, social and special events, weddings and food service management at both public and private organizations throughout the Greater Cleveland community.

The Wickliffe catering and food service company was selected as one of the 2011 Weatherhead 100, a listing of Northeast Ohio's Fastest Growing Companies. The Weatherhead 100 designation is a source of pride for this 33-year-old company which has built a strong reputation with its careful attention to detail, customer satisfaction, and community involvement.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.