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West Suburban Irish seek nominees for Nora Moran Marovich Award


Above / The Nora Moran Marovich Award is presented in honor of “Nonnie,” one of the original devotees who set the spirit for the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and many festivities the organization presents throughout the year, welcoming everyone to participate. (PN File Photo)

The Nora Moran Marovich Award, aka “the Nonnies,” provides financial support to high school juniors and seniors as they pursue post-secondary education. West Suburban Irish, WSI, created the award as a way to celebrate and honor high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and have an Irish heritage or connection to the Irish community.

Whenever the time came to create the signature scarf for the year, Nonnie, pictured in the center, was there to lend a hand during work sessions at Quigley’s Irish Pub. Every year commemorative scarfs are sold to raise funds for chosen charities that receive grants from WSI. (PN File Photo)

Nora Moran Marovich (1927-2021), fondly known as “Nonnie,” was a founding member of West Suburban Irish, as well as an instrumental voice in shaping this nonprofit organization. She was known for being compassionate, caring and always willing to help. Member of the WSI hope to honor Nonnie’s legacy of supporting others and dedication to service with this award.

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For 2024, the Nora Moran Marovich Award will consist of two scholarships of $2,500 to help further the ability of a junior or senior in high school to pursue higher education at a 2- or 4-year institution or a trade school.

At least once, Nonnie was caught reading PN! (PN File Photo 2015)

Eligibility for Nora Moran Marovich Award

– Currently enrolled as a Junior or Senior in High School in the western suburbs of Chicago
– Irish heritage or connection to the Irish community
– Intention to pursue higher education/training

Applications are due March 1, 2024. Winners be announced on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2024.  

FYI: Kindly note that when you begin to fill out the application (click here), you cannot save your work and return to it later.  Thank you. 

West Suburban Irish Report / PN Photos

More from West Suburban Irish scheduled for 2024…

WSI Parade Chairman Rich Janor speaks at City Council Meeting on Jan. 16… I’m pleased to announce for the first time publicly that the West Suburban Irish have selected Mayor Scott Wehrli as Grand Marshal. And hope he will give consideration to wearing a different shirt to the parade. We look forward to seeing everyone on parade day (March 9).

Mindful of the one-point loss in Stagg Bowl play between North Central College and SUNY Cortland on December 15, good sport Mayor Scott Wehrli is pictured honoring a friendly challenge from Cortland Mayor Scott Steve by wearing a SUNY Cortland football jersey at the first City Council meeting of the new year, January 16, 2024. (PN Photo) For the complete story of the bet, click here.

Irish Sessions is Jan. 17… Beginning at 7:30PM Wed., Jan. 17, the West Suburban Irish will host its monthly casual gathering of musicians playing traditional Irish music on their traditional Irish instruments at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Come hear live reels, hornpipes, slip jigs and many favorite traditional Irish tunes.

WSI Quiz Night is Feb. 6 and March 5… Bring friends to build your own team and join West Suburban Irish hosts beginning at 7PM Tues., Feb. 6 and again on March 5, for four rounds of trivia at WSI’s Quiz Night! It’ll all be happening at Quigley’s Irish Pub, located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville. 

Annual St. Patrick’s Parade is March 9… West Suburban Irish will present its annual St. Patrick’s Parade beginning at 10AM Sat., March 9, from Naperville North High School and along Mill Street to Jefferson Avenue, and winding through downtown Naperville. Applications are now being accepted. Space is limited. For fees and registration information, click here.

Sometimes it’s sunny and seasonably warm for the WSI St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sometimes not so much. Let’s hope for a little luck of the Irish on Sat., March 9, followed by good deeds at the Irish Mass, Mon., March 11. (PN File Photo)

Irish Mass is March 11… The West Suburban Irish also celebrate the good deeds of St. Patrick at the Irish Mass, a beautiful service in the Irish and English languages. Free and open to the public, the Irish Mass will be presented at 6:30PM Mon., March 11, 2024, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Road. 

Looking ahead to Irish Fest… The fourth annual Irish Fest returns to Central Park on the weekend of Fri., Sept. 20, and Sat., Sept. 21.

For more info, visit www.wsirish.org.

Last Updated, Jan. 17, 2024.

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