Notre Dame Club of Staten Island Wins 2019 Outstanding Club Award
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association has announced its 2019 cohort of Outstanding Clubs, honoring the local Notre Dame clubs that distinguish themselves in their ability to engage the community and advance the mission of the University. This year, that group includes the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island, recognized as the Outstanding Club in its size classification (F).
Club Awards are typically announced during the annual Alumni Association Leadership Conference. In lieu of that gathering, the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island was recognized in a video message from Glenn & Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey.
Each year, the club of Staten Island strives to exceed the requirements for Outstanding Club consideration, most notably through its extensive service efforts. In 2019, the club held its 28th annual Bread of Life Food Drive in partnership with Lou Holtz and Lou’s Lads, collecting over 71,000 food items on Staten Island and half a million in 270 cities across 31 states. The club was also awarded a $5,000 grant from the Lennon Life Prize to help Crossroad Foundation establish a “Mommy Lab” to train single mothers in infant care.
Additionally, Staten Island was one of three Notre Dame clubs in the Archdiocese of New York to be honored with the Dorothy Day Award for its “broad spectrum of social, religious, and community service activities that engage club members and their families.”
Across the country, 223 Notre Dame Clubs serve the mission of the University within their local communities and engage alumni, parents, and friends. The Notre Dame Clubs achieve Program of Excellence due to outstanding overall programming and a demonstrated commitment to each of the Six C’s — Camaraderie, Catholic/Christian Spirituality, Communications, Community Service, Continuing Education, and Current Students — and, in doing so, they are eligible for the Outstanding Club award.