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2020 League of St. Maur Dinner
Originally scheduled for September 19th - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

NEW DATE: JANUARY 30, 2021  

 

2021 Fidelis Award Honorees

Steve '68 and Alice '71 (Nolte) Brentano

This is an interesting time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to reschedule our annual League of St. Maur Dinner for January 30, 2021. We apologize for the delay, but the wait will be worth it. This year we will honor people that are near and dear to many of us. Steve '68 and Alice '71 (Nolte) Brentano will receive the Fidelis Award. Their names should sound familiar since all of Steve's siblings and 4 of Alice's siblings all graduated from Mount St. Scholastica or Maur Hill Prep. Steve's mother, Elizabeth (Lyons) Brentano graduated from the Mount in 1937. We want to honor this family for their generosity and commitment to Catholic education over the years. We will also honor Cathy (Schuele) Paolucci '76 with the Alumni of the Year Award. Cathy not only attended the Mount, but she also worked at MH-MA, sent her children there, and now serves on the Board of Directors. She has endlessly given her time and talent to the school over the years. 

Will you join us? It will be a special night. Reserve a table or seats now! Information on the event is below. First, let's share how this annual event and club became the largest fundraiser for Maur Hill-Mount Academy. 

The League of St. Maur was started by Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB, in 1965 but fizzled out in the 90's. In 2010 it was brought back to life by President Phil Baniewicz and has been growing ever since. The League is a private membership that provides ongoing support to further the mission of Maur Hill-Mount Academy. Any individual or married couple is eligible to join the League of St. Maur and can join annually at one of five levels: Platinum ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), or Silver ($1,000), and now two new entry levels: Copper ($500) and Jr. Raven/young professional ($250). The elite annual giving level is the President's Circle at $10,000 and above. New members are being added regularly to these essential groups that set the foundation for the ongoing success of MH-MA. If you haven't joined, there has never been a better time. Learn more. The League also holds an annual event, honoring school supporters with the Fidelis Award. Whether you are a member or not, you are invited to join us for the League of St. Maur dinner while seats are still available. 

Thanks to our generous supporters, last year was extremely successful, raising more than $150,000! We hope with your help to raise even more this year!

 

2021 Event Details

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel
775 Brasilia Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64153


Schedule of Events 
4:00pm - Mass
5:00pm - Sponsored Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction
6:15pm - Dinner and Program



2021 Honorees

Steve '68 and Alice '71 (Nolte) Brentano

Fidelis Award recipients

Cathy (Schuele) Paolucci '76

Alumni of the Year Award recipient

*Cocktail attire requested, Black tie optional

$150 per person
$1,500 per table
$75 for young alumni (2012-2020)

 

If you're planning to stay the night at the Airport Marriott, be sure to mention you're with Maur Hill-Mount Academy to get a special rate!

 

If you would like to reserve a seat or have questions, please contact MHMA by phone at 913-367-5482 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

To be announced prior to the event. 

 


Past Fidelis Award Recipients

2019 - Mick and Geri Harris

2018 - Rich and Dee Andra

2017 - Shannon and Jonathan Mize 

2016 - Roberta Wolters and the late Philip Wolters

2015 - John and Lisa Klebba

2014 - Jerry and Virginia Kuckelman & Jerry and Bernadette Urban

2013 - P.J. and Ramona Cummings & Dan and Joyce Nolan

2012 - John and Mary Van Dyke & Rich and Cindy Dickason

2011 - John and Patty Flynn & Colleen Stork


Mick '62 and Marlys Haverty

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

 

Mick is an Atchison, Kan. native and graduated from Maur Hill in 1962. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (BA) and received a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate (PHD) in Humane Letters from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

After his college career, he began his work in the railroad business and is now the retired CEO of the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS). Prior to working for KCS, Mick worked as an executive for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Mick has accumulated many accolades during his very successful railroad career. In 2001 he was named Railroader of the Year by the leading North American railroad industry publication, Railway Age Magazine.  In 2014 the Freight House Bridge was renamed the "Michael R. Haverty Freight House Bridge" in his honor.

MH-MA is honored to recognize Mick and his wife, Marlys, with this Lifetime Achievement award. Both Mick and Marlys have been significant supporters of the school over the years. Among other substantial contributions, they have an endowed student scholarship in their name and were the lead gift givers for the Flynn Athletics Campaign. Mick and Marlys received MH-MA’s Fr. Edwin Watson Award in 2007 and have been prime examples of a faithful couple who never forgot their roots. Their most recent contribution was the largest in the school's history- $1 million towards the 2020 Vision Campaign. The gym was recently named The Haverty Gymnasium is honor of the their humble generosity. For all of this, MH-MA is forever grateful.

 

Past Alumni of the Year Recipients

2019 - Mick Hundley

2018 - Deran Sarafian
2017 - Maureen Stork-Beckett

2016 - Abbot Barnabas Senecal
2015 - Greg Lutz

2014 - Charlie Carrigan



More on our previous Fidelis honorees!

2019 -  Mick and Geri Harris

Mick and Geri Harris have been instrumental in the revitalization of Maur Hill-Mount Academy. They have been major supporters of nearly every improvement the school has made, and Mick served as chair of the board of directors for two years, a time in which growth and improvement expanded rapidly. Geri was involved in the Parents Club, the President's Circle, and helping coordinate different aspects of the annual League of St. Maur Dinner. All three of their children recently graduated from MH-MA.

2018 -  Richard and Dee Andra

Richard and Dee Andra have a combined 57 years of educating Maur Hill, Mount St. Scholastica Academy, and Maur Hill-Mount Academy students. Rich began at Maur Hill in1962, retiring from Maur Hill Mount Academy in 2006. He also took a year off 1965-1966 to pursue his Master's Degree at Notre Dame. Rich also spent many years with the title, “coach” while at Maur Hill, coaching track, cross country, and assisting in football. Dee began her teaching career in 1994 before retiring in 2008. 

 

皇冠hg0088备用网址Since their retirement, the Andras have continued to support the school and can be found fondly reminiscing with former students and colleagues at school functions.

 

2017 -  Jonathan and Shannon Mize

Jonathan D. Mize is the son of John and Cheryl Mize. He is a 1987 graduate of Maur Hill Prep. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1990 with a degree in Marketing/Communications.

皇冠hg0088备用网址Jonathan has had a long history with his family’s company, Blish-Mize Co., starting as a part-time employee during the summers of his high school days. He began full-time with the company in 1990 as a sales trainee, then sales representative out in Denver, CO 1992-1995. He has held several positions in the last 27 years, including National Accounts Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, VP Marketing, VP Sales, VP Sales & Marketing, Chief Operating Officer, President & COO, and CEO & President, which has been his current position for the last four years. Jonathan has also been President & COO of Hardware House, LLC since 2009, which Blish-Mize is a majority owner of.

 Jonathan’s lengthy list of community and board involvement includes, Board Member for Distribution America Buying Group, Charlotte, NC– 2013 – Present, & Chairman of Distribution America – 2015-2017. Current Board Member of Hardware Group Association (HGA) 2015-Present.  Past Board member of the Atchison Family YMCA - 2000 – 2009.  Past board member of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce 2000 – 2006. Past Chairman of the board of directors for the Atchison Chamber of Commerce 2003 – 2005. Current board member of the Atchison Area Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) - 1999 – present. Current board member of the Atchison Santa Fe Depot Board of Trustees - 2004 – present. Present Chairman of the Board for the Atchison Santa Fe Depot Board of Trustees – 2006 – present. Past board member of Maur Hill - Mount Academy High School  2005 – May 2012.  Past Chairman of the board of directors for Maur Hill - Mount Academy High School - 2009 – 2011. Current Endowment Board Member for Maur Hill – Mount Academy. Current Board Member of UMB Bank, n.a. Kansas City, MO. Current Associate Board Member of UMB Bank - Eastern, KS (Atchison, Manhattan, & Topeka branches). Current Board Member of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Member of Atchison Advisory Committee for the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust 2012 – Present.

Jonathan was nominated by Ingram’s Magazine - 50 Kansans You Should know in June 2015, and Ingram’s Magazine – 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Greater Kansas City in November 2016. He is also a member of the Atchison Rotary Club, and was awarded the Club’s Citizen of the Year Award in 2006. He is also a member of St. Benedict’s Parish.   

Shannon L. "Rawlings" Mize is the daughter of Ken and Joyce Snyder. She is a 1987 graduate of Mount St. Scholastica, where she made honor roll all four years, and lived as a domestic boarder for two years, commuting the other two years from DeKalb, MO. Shannon went on to graduate from the University of Kansas in 1991 with a BA in Child Psychology.

皇冠hg0088备用网址Shannon has held several different roles over the years. Most importantly, as a homemaker during all those “at home” years raising their children.  She was also a sales assistant, and dishware department buyer for Nell Hills, and currently is the human resource coordinator at Blish-Mize Co. where she’s been since 2015. She has also remained active in her community, volunteering on countless committees for the Atchison Catholic schools & Maur Hill – Mount Academy.     

皇冠hg0088备用网址High school sweethearts, Jonathan and Shannon, were married on September 14th, 1991. They are the proud parents of two children, Lauren, a 2013 MH-MA graduate and 2017 University of Kansas graduate with a BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Nathan, a 2014 MH-MA graduate and a current student at the University of Kansas majoring in Strategic Communications.

Jonathan and Shannon are known for their love of the Royals, the Chiefs, the MH-MA Ravens, and especially the University of Kansas Jayhawks

 

 

2016 - Roberta Wolters and the late Philip Wolters '47

 
Philip Wolters was a true Atchisonian, through and through. He was born in Atchison, Kan. on January 20th, 1929 as one of 10 children. He grew up playing sports, shooting marbles and swimming in the Mighty Mo. He attended St. Benedict’s grade school and Maur Hill Prep, graduating in 1947. Phil was known in high school for his athleticism and winning personality. He was a member of one of Maur Hill’s most successful football teams, as well as the school’s basketball team.
 
Phil worked at the Pillsbury Mill the summer after graduation before attending St. Benedict’s College. He was at St. Benedict’s for two and half years before leaving to serve the US Army for two years.  After receiving an honorable discharge in 1952, Phil went on to work at Midwest Solvents as a bookkeeper and was soon promoted to Grain Buyer. Phil gradually worked his way up in the company, eventually becoming the vice president of what is now MGP Ingredients.  Phil retired from MGP after 43 years with the company. Throughout his life, Phil served many organizations, including Maur Hill’s 500 Club, the Atchison YMCA, Bellevue Country Club, The Knights of Columbus, The Elks Club, The VFW, the American Legion, the Atchison Chamber of Commerce, the Fellowship Club, and was president of several grain associations.


Just like her husband, Roberta (Besette) Wolters is a proud and loyal Atchison native. Roberta was born October 2, 1937 in Atchison, Kan.  She graduated from ACCHS in 1955 where she was involved in many activities, including marching band, vocal groups, and was president of the Kayette organization and vice president of the Future Homemakers of America. Roberta began work at Midwest Solvents (MGP) after graduation. She worked as the switchboard operator, receptionist and billing clerk. This is also the place where she met the love of her life, Phil. After meeting Phil, Roberta joined the Catholic Church and was baptized in November 1956. The couple was married October 25, 1958 at St. Benedicts Church in Atchison.
 
Phil and Roberta had six children together, all of whom are alums of Maur Hill and Mount St. Scholastica Academy (Karen Wolters-Schultz ‘77, Katherine Wolters-Kohler ‘77, Kimberly Wolters-Lewman ‘78, Deborah Wolters-Rigden ‘82, Philip "Mark" Wolters ‘84, Denise Wolters-Thomas ’87).
 
The Raven legacy has continued a third generation with four of Phil and Roberta’s 19 grandchildren attending and graduating from Maur Hill - Mount Academy (Andrew Lewman ‘07, Austin Lewman ’12, Avery Lewman ’16, Philip Saragusa '20. Roberta still attends all of her grandchildren’s school activities and can always be found with her family in the MH-MA stands cheering on the Ravens. 

2015 - John '75 and Lisa Klebba

John '75 and Lisa Klebba were honored as this year’s Fidelis Award recipients.  Born in Jefferson City, Mo., John Klebba made the transition to Atchison to attend Maur Hill Prep School as a boarding student, graduating in 1975 as class salutatorian. After graduation, John attended Drake University, where he got his BSBA in Accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then went on to the University of Notre Dame, completing their Joint Degree Program and  Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, and with a Master of Business Administration with high honors in 1983. John is now the current President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Legends Bank and its holding company in Linn, Mo. 

Lisa, an Osawatomie, Kan. native, graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1974 and went on to graduate with a BA in History from Pittsburg State in 1977 and with a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State in 1980. Lisa retired this past May as the Associate Director of Library Services at State Technical College of Missouri. While John grew up Catholic, Lisa came into the church through the RCIA program, and they were married in Roeland Park, Kan. at St. Agnes Church in 1986. The couple is now faithful and active members of St. George Parish in Linn. 

When it was time for their oldest son to attend high school, John’s positive boarding experience at Maur Hill aided in the decision to send him and all four of their children (John ’06, Joe ’07, Megan ’09, Patrick ’11) to Maur Hill-Mount Academy as boarding students. The decision to send their kids out of state for school was not an easy one for John and Lisa, but ultimately, they saw the value a boarding experience could provide in preparing students both for college and life afterwards.  

The Klebbas’ commitment to MH-MA over the years made them an obvious candidate for this prestigious award. The Fidelis Award, meaning “faithful,” was created in 1991 by the Board of Directors of Mount St. Scholastica Academy to recognize selected alumnae, benefactors, and friends who have contributed significantly. The criteria established by the Board requires that the honorees give outstanding personal or financial service to the school in the true spirit of Christ.

 

2014 Jerry & Bernadette Urban, Jerry & Virginia Kuckelman

The 2014 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award was given to Jerry ’59 and Bernadette ’63 (Enzbrenner) Urban. Maur Hill-Mount Academy also honored the late Jerry Kuckelman and his wife Virginia Kuckelman with the Fidelis Award. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think both of the Kuckelman’s and Urban’s is 'sacrifice,'" said MH-MA president Phil Baniewicz. "Both families have given so much to Catholic education, in particular Maur Hill-Mount Academy, for decades. They are outstanding examples of people who are committed to the faith on the deepest levels. It is a joy to honor both couples at the League of St. Maur dinner this year.

Jerry and Bernadette Urban have given significant and lasting contributions to Maur Hill Prep School, Maur Hill-Mount Academy and to their community. The couple has three children - Brenda, Jerry ’89, and Scott ’92. Bernadette has been employed at Maur Hill-Mount Academy for 35 years and is currently serving as the Alumni Director. “Jerry and I are very honored and blessed to be receiving this award. We’re humbled by this experience,” stated Bernadette Urban. The Urbans are the most fitting recipients of the 2014 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award.

Jerry and Virginia (Pickman) Kuckelman have been long time supporters of ACES (now St. Benedict Catholic School) and Maur-Hill-Mount Academy. They put their three daughters through Mount St. Scholastica Academy; Debbie ’76, Theresa ’80, and Liz ’85; while their sons, Jerry ’77, Mike ’82, and John ’90, attended Maur Hill Prep. The Kuckelmans have been parishioners at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church for 47 years and were the first lay Eucharistic ministers in the parish. They were also part of the original League of St. Maur. The Kuckelman’s service to the Atchison Community and Maur Hill-Mount Academy make them the perfect recipient of the 2014 Fidelis Award.

 

  2013 Dan & Joyce Nolan, PJ & Ramona Cummings

Maur Hill-Mount Academy honored two local Irish families at the League of St. Maur Dinner, held on 6p.m. Saturday,  September 21, at the Kansas City Airport Marriott.

The 2013 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award was given to Dan '71 and Joyce '71 Nolan. Maur Hill-Mount Academy also honored P.J. and Ramona Cummings with the Fidelis Award. Both familes have given countless hours of service and support in the spirit of Christ. “In particular, both of these local families have shown tremendous commitment to Catholic education. Plus, they are both great examples of outstanding Atchison hospitality, humble, and of course have that strong Irish spirit,” said MH-MA president Phil Baniewicz.

Dan and Joyce (Minnis) Nolan have given significant and lasting contributions to Maur Hill Prep School, Maur Hill-Mount Academy and to their community. The couple have five sons - Riley ‘95, Spencer ‘97, Garin ‘98, Deke ‘00, and Brady ’02, all of whom graduated from Maur Hill Prep. Joyce currently serves on the St. Benedict School Endowment Board. “We are very simple, but blessed people. Our awards in life are the blessings we have received from God; our parents, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, siblings, and extended family and friends,” stated Joyce Nolan. Their countless efforts and support make them outstanding recipients of the 2013 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award.

P.J. and Ramona Cummings from Atchison, Kansas have been long time supporters of ACES (now St. Benedict), Maur-Hill-Mount Academy and Benedictine College. They put their four daughters through Mount St. Scholastica Academy; Karen Bell '74, Brenda Levinsky '76, Sandy Sampson' 77 and Lisa Hamrick '82. While their sons; Alan Cummings ’79 and Kevin Cummings '89 attended Maur Hill Prep. Throughout the years, they have opened their home to MH-MA boarders, as well as day and ESL (English as a second language) students. Even today, many of those former students remain in contact and hold a very special place in their hearts. The Cummings’ service to the Atchison Community and Maur Hill-Mount Academy make them the perfect recipient of the 2013 Fidelis Award.

The night was a smashing success, raising $87,000 for MH-MA. In particular, the Fund-a-Need event raised enough money to provide new scoreboards for all of the athletic facilities on campus. The night ended with an impromptu performance by Garin Nolan, who appropriately led the crowd in a rousing rendition of "Oh Danny Boy."  A big thanks to everyone who attended and contributed toward making the night such a success.

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