Mr. Ed Plaspohl – “Close Encounters: Children, Homeless, Labre”

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ed Plaspohl resides in Strongsville, Ohio, with his wife Mary Ann. Together they have three children who have blessed them with six grandchildren. Ed attended Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio where he graduated class valedictorian, and in 1995 Ed was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Chaminade. After high school Ed earned a four year Athletic Scholarship to play football at the University of Dayton, and in 1978 was given the Emil Karas Award as the Most Inspirational Player on and off the football field. Ed graduated with a double major in Business Management and Secondary Education.

On April 1, 2015, Ed “graduated” from work at SAP America. During his career at SAP America he generated over 150 million dollars in software revenue and achieved 100% of his revenue target.

Ed has been civically engaged for many years as well. He served on the Board of Directors at Boys Hope Girls Hope for three years and currently works with them to drive community engagement and the recruitment of Scholars in Cleveland and Akron area. This program provides the structure, discipline and long term care of a home environment that Boys Hope Girls Hope strives for via its mission and vision. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Walsh Jesuit Ignatian Identity Committee. This committee provides oversight to the Walsh Jesuit Governing Board focusing on the areas of campus ministry, service, religious education and all issues relating to justice and Ignatian identity at Walsh Jesuit.

In 2004, Ed and his son Michael participated in the St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless at St. Ignatius High School. Ed continues to serve every Sunday with the Ignatius students and staff to share food, faith, and friendship with those who live on the streets of Cleveland. This Sunday will be the 790th straight week that St. Ignatius High School has sent multiple vans into the city of Cleveland to serve the homeless, the poor, and the marginalized. To expand this ministry and with inspiration from his daughter Megan, he helped initiate the St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry at Walsh Jesuit High School twelve years ago.  The students and staff at Walsh Jesuit High School will be hitting the streets of Akron for the 590th straight week next Monday.

Labre Ministry in the News

Thursday, February 1, 2018
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Registration table opens at 11:15 and program begins promptly at noon.

$25.00/per ticket
$250.00/table of 10