Notre Dame Prep celebrates graduates during annual auction

The countdown to graduation has begun, and the senior class at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale will be kicking off the festivities on the runway at the school’s annual auction and fashion show.

The All That Glitters is Purple and Gold Auction and Fashion Show combines the excitement of auction bidding wars with the glitz and glamour of a runway fashion show featuring the Class of 2016.

The event is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the new Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive in Phoenix.

The graduating class at NDP has logged 6,010 hours of service this year and many have already been accepted to colleges, such as Boston College, Cal Poly and Northwestern, among other four-year institutions, according to a press release.

“The seniors earned this celebration after all their hard work,” stated Heather Weurding, assistant director of advancement for special events at Notre Dame Prep, in the release. “This is a fun way to send them off, while raising funds for our school and programs.”

Revenue generated from the NDP Annual Auction and Fashion Show is directed to the school’s Saints’ Fund for campus improvements, technology, athletics, arts and other co-curricular programs.

Every year, Dillard’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square provides outfits for the graduating class to model that evening. Dianna Zellers, who has served on the auction committee since 2004, and her team will spend more than 70 hours at the department store, outfitting nearly 200 soon-to-be graduates.

“I’m honored to be able to work with Dillard’s. We couldn’t do this without them,” Ms. Zellers stated in the release.

This year the auction is made possible with the support of Family Eye Care of Scottsdale, Gotham Arts, Juncture Wealth Strategies, Cebrynski Rehabilitative Dentistry and Chasse Building Team.

A houseboat party donated by Out of the Blue Excursions and a Cava Poo Chon puppy donated by Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes are just two of many items donated by businesses throughout the Valley.

“As a nonprofit organization, we rely on partnerships with everyone in our community to enhance the NDP experience for our students,” Ms. Weurding stated in the release.

This annual event is open to public. To register, visit

To graduate from Notre Dame Preparatory, students must complete a minimum of 28 credits of rigorous college prep course work and give 125 hours to performing Christian service.

“Most kids go way beyond that,” stated NDP Director of Student Formation Mary Lou Lachvayder, in the release. “Honoring their hard work and service seems right.”

Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 894 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.

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