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InnerCitySaints Award

InnerCitySaints Award


Notre Dame College established the InnerCitySaints Award in 2016 to recognize and shine a light on an individual who through his or her humble service, dedication and presence has made a meaningful difference in Cleveland’s inner city urban communities. All proceeds benefit the Notre Dame College Caring Hearts Fund which provides emergency financial support to students who are experiencing unexpected crises in their lives.

2019 InnerCitySaints Awards Luncheon

Save the date for the 2019 InnerCitySaints Award Luncheon on Thursday, November 21, 2019, with the location to be announced. Contact Ann Coakley, executive director of College advancement, at 216.373.6532 or for more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

Previous Honorees

2018 InnerCitySaints Award

Edward Plaspohl was recognized in November 2018 with the award for his volunteer work 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. He also serves at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, which he helped to establish.

2017 InnerCitySaints Award

The second InnerCitySaints Award was presented to Father Jim O’Donnell in November 2017. O’Donnell helped establish the community of the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist, which for more than 35 years has provided a ministry of presence in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland.

2016 InnerCitySaints Award

The inaugural award was presented in November 2016 to Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, Secretary for Parish Life and Development with the Diocese of Cleveland, who established and has led the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated since 1996.