Notre Dame College Honors Labre Ministry Volunteer with 2018 InnerCitySaints Award

Notre Dame College will recognize a volunteer who for more than 15 years has served every Sunday helping the homeless in Northeast Ohio with its 2018 InnerCitySaints Award.

Edward Plaspohl will receive the honor during the College’s third annual InnerCitySaints Award ceremony at noon Thursday, November 15, at the Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland in University Circle. The event will feature a keynote address from Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, a 1967 alumna of Notre Dame and a nationally acclaimed author and spiritual director. Tickets and sponsorships are available.

Since 2003, Plaspohl has served more than 800 straight Sundays with the St. Ignatius High School Labre Ministry, which every week dispatches volunteers to Cleveland's inner city to search for the homeless, provide meals and offer other assistance.

Plaspohl also is a volunteer with the Labre Ministry he helped launch 12 years ago at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. That group has ministered nearly 600 straight Mondays to the poor and marginalized in Akron.

A retired global account executive with SAP America, Plaspohl, 62, of Strongsville, Ohio, serves with the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership at St. Ignatius and as a board member of the Ignatian Identity Committee at Walsh Jesuit. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope Northeast Ohio.

The InnerCitySaints Ceremony this year will feature Fr. Donald P. Oleksiak, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Cleveland.  As Vicar General, Oleksiak assists Bishop Nelson J. Perez in the governance of the Diocese. As Moderator of the Curia, he is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the diocese including issues of policy and operations. Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries is scheduled to provide the invocation.

Russ Mitchell, managing editor of evening news and lead anchor of evening newscasts at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, has been tapped to emcee the event again this year. Mitchell is former anchor of the CBS Evening News weekend editions and The Early Show on Saturday, and national correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, the CBS Evening News and The Early Show.

The InnerCitySaints Award luncheon celebrates an unheralded hero for transformational service in the Cleveland metropolitan area and affords an opportunity for leaders from the nonprofit and corporate communities to salute the power of loving care and service to others in Northeast Ohio.

Patrons for the 2018 ceremony include Ray M. Murphy; Joe Musca; Rich and Robbin Garcia; Jeannie Gallagher; Michael Shaughnessy; Maloney+Novotny, LLC; Rich Kramer; The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Jack Myslenski; Michael Catanzarite; Mary and Jim Conway; and Mark McCarthy.

The event committee features John Betchkal; Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND; Sr. Michelle Kelly, SND; Neil McCarthy; Brooke Spectorsky; Bill Leamon; Carrie Kruczek; and Ann Hawkins; as well as Mary Conway, Gallagher, and Myslenski.

Net proceeds from the event benefit the Notre Dame Caring Hearts Fund, which provides emergency support to students who are experiencing unexpected crises. Contact Ann Coakley at 216.373.6532 or

October 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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


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