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  • No Ordinary Evening

    by Mike Coffey

    As you may remember, Declan is the Notre Dame student tragically killed in an accident last year while filming the football team. Declan’s family created the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund to honor Declan’s life and allow his spirit to thrive. On Saturday, April 28th they are holding an inaugural benefit at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom. The Notre Dame community can show their support by attending and promoting the event to family, friends and colleagues.

    The primary beneficiary of the fund is Horizons for Youth.  Their mission, to help Chicago children from low-resource areas reach their full potential, resonated with the Sullivan family. The Sullivans quickly discovered that their connection to the organization went far deeper than just the mission. Horizons for Youth was founded by three Notre Dame alumni, several Notre Dame alumni serve on the Board of Directors, and the Executive Director, Audrey George, graduated from Notre Dame in 1990. Another staff member is also a young alumnus, just a few classes ahead of Declan. In addition, the Horizons for Youth office is located in an Old St. Patrick’s Church building, the church where Declan’s parents were married and where he was baptized.

    We invite you to join Declan’s family for an evening of celebration at No Ordinary Evening. The event is a black tie optional, sit-down dinner and will include a live and silent auction, live music, dancing, and remarks by Father Jenkins, as well as Declan’s parents, Alison Drumm and Barry Sullivan. Please visit the foundation website for more event and ticket information.

    6 Responses to “No Ordinary Evening”

    1. Is there a way to donate to the fund for those who cannot attend?

      • El Kabong says:

        Good question, we’ll check that out. There might be something on the website to indicate how.

      • bandfather says:

        The foundation website, linked in the article, has a link to the memorial fund. You can donate through that.

    2. Timothy Dearborn says:

      You can donate by clicking on the Memorial Fund button on the Website.

    3. Tom Gabriel '65 says:

      I was visiting campus the day Declan died. I will never forget that day and the devastation that the ND community felt. I can’t make the dinner, but I will be happy to contribute to the fund. The Sullivan family has shown nothing but class throughout their ordeal.

    4. michael vanelli says:

      All Domers need to rally around this cause and make a contribution. The Sullivans deserve support from the entire ND Nation.