Mercy parents Eric and Nicole Liebig Lakeman ’92 have accepted the invitation of Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President, Mercy High School, to be the FIESTA Chairs for 2020. In this capacity, they will be responsible for organizing and running the school's largest fundraiser on February 29, 2020, at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. The dinner-auction is managed by hundreds of volunteers and features items to bid on including vacation packages, concert and event tickets, collectibles, gift baskets, gift certificates, and much more.
The Lakemans have been married for 22 years. Their daughter, Macy, is a sophomore, a member of the Dance Team, and a Student Ambassador. Their son, Colin, is a sophomore at Creighton University and is studying Business on a pre-dental track.
Eric is general contractor and owner of L & L Custom Builders, a residential construction and remodeling company. Nicole manages the financial and administrative side of L & L and is also employed at Creighton University in the Department of Mathematics.
Although the family is busy with work and school activities, they enjoy boating and entertaining family and friends.
“As a Mercy alumna, I greatly value the education I received at Mercy and thought being the Chairs of this prestigious event would be a wonderful way to get involved, meet others, and give back so that other young women may receive all that Mercy has to offer,” Nicole said.
Mercy Gras FIESTA 2017, Mercy High School’s largest fundraiser, will be celebrated on February 25 at the La Vista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway. The event begins with Mass at 5:00 p.m. and includes silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner and a $10,000 raffle drawing. Monies raised help fund the Negotiated Tuition Program at Mercy, an individualized tuition plan for each student tailored to her family’s financial ability. Last year Mercy provided $1.6 million in tuition assistance to 82 percent of its families. The school’s highest honor given to individuals or groups who partner in the school’s ministry of the careful instruction of young women, the Cor Misericordiae Award, will also be presented.
School parents Joe and Fay Fisher are FIESTA Chairs and along with several hundred volunteers, coordinate all aspects of the event from acquiring and picking up auction items, to decorating the venue, and setting up for all activities. Using BidPal on their smartphones or other devices, attendees will be able to bid on items such as vacation/travel packages, concert and sporting tickets, art collectibles, baskets, gift certificates, college gear and many other items. New this year, photographs of baskets and other key auction items will also appear on the BidPal site. Local businesses and individual supporters help underwrite costs, sponsor tables, and purchase catalog advertising. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and other Mardi Gras apparel as part of the celebration.
Cor Misericordiae Award
Receiving the Cor Misericordiae Award is Ingrid Kalinowski Borghoff ’65. She led the school’s Alumnae and Advancement activities for more than a quarter of a century before retiring in 2012 as Vice President of Advancement. Ingrid’s achievements include co-founding the annual Golf Fest, establishing an Annual Fund Program, reinvigorating the Alumnae Council and orchestrating several capital campaigns.
Cost to attend is $125 per person with a special price for alumnae-- one alumna and a guest is only $75 per person. Registration for FIESTA 2017 is available online at http://mercyhigh.org/fiesta-2017/ and clicking on the registration link.