Ara Parseghian To Be Roasted
Evening to benefit Life Treatment Centers.

April 18, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Notre Dame head football coach Ara Parseghian will be the subject of the fifth annual Life Treatment Centers (LTC) roast scheduled for April 28, 2001, at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The 7:00 p.m. EST event will follow the annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football Festival scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST Saturday.

Parseghian joins a select group of past roastees, including former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz (1997), Indiana Lt. Governor and former South Bend mayor Joe Kernan (1998), former Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. (1999) and the Notre Dame basketball coaching duo of Muffet McGraw and Matt Doherty (2000).

Those scheduled to roast Parseghian include actor George Wendt, former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, former Irish All-Americans Terry Hanratty, Jim Seymour, Jack Snow, Bob Gladieux and Frank Pomarico — and Parseghian’s first team captain, Jim Carroll.

Dan Harshman, who played for Parseghian and is now executive director of Logan, a non-profit South Bend agency serving the handicapped, and Tom Pagna, former Irish football offensive coordinator and long-time Westwood One color analyst on Notre Dame football radio broadcasts, also are on the list.

Jeff Jeffers, WNDU-TV sports director, will serve as master of ceremonies. Adding a festive feeling to the night will be the Notre Dame cheerleaders, the Irish Guard and other special guests.

Tickets for the event, which includes a reception at 6:00 p.m. EST, dinner at 7:00 p.m. EST and the roast at 8:00 p.m. EST, are $125 per person.

For more information and reservations, visit the Evening with Ara web site at, or call Life Treatment Centers, which provides services to those with drug and alcohol addiction problems.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Parseghian’s Niemann-Pick Foundation, established to help find a cure for the rare disease which afflicts two of Parseghian’s grandchildren.