Photo by The North Platte Bulletin
From left, Kevin, Tim and Jeff O'Connor
Nearly 200 people gathered Friday to honor Catholic education in North Platte and enjoy the speaking talents of three St. Patrick’s alumni -- the O'Connor brothers.
The North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment-Trust, Inc. held its testimonial dinner at the St. Patrick’s Church parish hall. Guests enjoyed a wine tasting provided by Feather River Vineyard and Kwik Stop Stores, as well as dinner and a program featuring brothers Kevin (’74), Tim (’76), and Dr. Jeff (’77) O’Connor.
The O’Connors shared stories and memories from their time at the North Platte Catholic Schools, and also spoke of the benefits they received from Catholic education.
Kevin is the head men’s basketball coach and athletic director at North Platte Community College. Tim owns and operates The Sports Shoppe/Big Red, Etc. in North Platte.
Jeff is an optometrist at Complete Eye Care Associates in North Platte. All three have children who graduated from St. Pat’s High School.
A fourth O’Connor brother, Daniel (’81), lives in Arizona.
The dinner also served as a fundraiser. Endowment Director Wendy Dodson asked guests to partner with the school system to continue in its mission of quality, Catholic education in North Platte. Dodson said the endowment is in its 36th year of service, providing essential funding for general operations, special projects, facility improvements, tuition assistance, and scholarships.
The event Friday was supported by 36 sponsors, and Dodson said that with donations, pledges and matching gifts from NebraskaLand National Bank and Union Pacific Railroad, the proceeds would be around $40,000 for the North Platte Catholic Schools.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support of our community,” she said.