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Spirit 102.7 FM Brings Priests Together Across the State Third Annual Priest Appreciation Golf Tournament Another Success

PRIEST APPRECIATION - Father Matthew Vandewalle (left), Father Leo Kosch, Father Jeremy Hazuka and Father Peter Mitchell are pictured at the June 28 Spirit Catholic Radio Network “Priest Appreciation Golf Tournament. (Photo courtesy KVSS)

YORK (SNR/KVSS) - More than 140 priests and seminarians from all three Nebraska dioceses gathered in York June 28 for the Spirit Catholic Radio Network “Priest Appreciation Golf Tournament,” hosted by Ayars & Ayars, Inc. and Architecture + Etc.

This is the third year for the event held at the York Country Club, and there was a record number of religious participating in this year’s tournament.

“This is one of the only events where priests from the Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island dioceses have a chance to get together for fun and fellowship,” said Father Mark Cyza, a regular guest on the Spirit Morning Show and pastor of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Nebraska City.

Lincoln/Grand Island Station Manager John Soukup added, “This is just another example of the unifying aspect Spirit Catholic Radio is having on our listeners, and this event is a great way to show how much we appreciate the work and support of our priests.”

Several priests and seminarians who chose not to play golf were able to watch a movie at the local theater, go bowling, or play games and spend time in conversation at the clubhouse. After a barbecue pork dinner, all enjoyed the many pin prizes and other give-aways that were awarded or drawn for, including various gift baskets, golf clubs, Husker memorabilia, and $10,000 in construction services from Ayars & Ayars that Father Louis Nollette from St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth won in a special drawing.

“We are so grateful for the prayers and support from so many priests and religious,” said Bruce McGregor, KVSS program director. “This is a fun way to say thank you. Thanks also to Ayars & Ayars for hosting a top-notch event.” Kathi Woody of Ayars & Ayars and the event coordinator is also a member of the Lincoln Advisory Committee for Spirit Catholic Radio.

Ayars & Ayars provided all the prizes, as well as food and refreshments. The company has done work for a number of Catholic properties throughout the state. 

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