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28th Annual Gala Honors P. Kelly Tompkins and Megan Engle McNamara '87
28th Annual Gala Honors P. Kelly Tompkins and Megan Engle McNamara '87
Magnificat High School

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 Terminal Tower was illuminated in blue and white in celebration of Magnificat High School's 28th Annual Gala. This year's Blue and White Ball, chaired by Ann Litzler Coyne '88 and Terry Coyne, honored P. Kelly Tompkins and Megan Engle McNamara '87 for their service to the Magnificat community and the community-at-large.


Kelly is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a leading mining company with operations in the United States and Western Australia. He currently provides executive leadership of the company's operations and business development functions as well as its government relations, environmental, public affairs and communications functions. Kelly served on the Magnificat Board of Directors for over ten years, six of which he led as Board Chair. Along with his late wife, Cathy, he served as chair of the 2014 Magnificat Gala, and has often acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.


In 2006, Megan's 6-year-old daughter, Maria, was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor with no hope for treatment or cure. Maria was given 10 months to live and succumbed to the disease a year later. Inspired by her daughter's courage and the tremendous love Maria had for her friends also suffering from cancer, Megan and her husband Ed founded the Prayers from Maria Foundation. With a mission to put childhood cancer at the forefront of the battle against cancer, the foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars – awarding grants for desperately needed research and bringing attention to an otherwise silent tragedy.

Cleveland residents will recognize the more than two million sunflowers planted along I-90 in Avon each summer by their foundation – a visible way of calling attention to this worthy cause.

Visit our Magnificat Gala page to view photos from the event and The Blue and White Ball video.