Michael Motherway ’86 Financial Aid Fund


Spring 2021 Michael Motherway '86 Tailgate!
Saturday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. ~ Newport Rib Company

Thank you to all who came out to support the Michael Motherway '86 Financial Aid Fund and cheer on the Monarchs as they defeated the St. John Bosco Braves.  It was a wonderful evening of honor and support of Michael Motherway '86, one of the MD greats, and cheering on the MD Football Team!  John Ursini and Newport Rib Co. provided a wonderful venue and a fantastic meal...and we raised over $20,000!!
To donate to the Michael Motherway '86 Financial Aid Fund, please CLICK HERE, select "Other" from the designation drop down list and type "Motherway" in the text box.

2019 Motherway Tailgate:  Thank you! The numbers are in! Together over 450 of us raised $25,000 (and counting!) for the Michael Motherway '86 Financial Aid Fund. To date, the fund has raised nearly $200,000!  Thank you all for your participation and generosity. Through our combined effort a student who could not attend without need-based financial aid is a thriving, proud sophomore Monarch.  The first recipient is now a proud MDHS graduate and currently a successful college student.

We are particularly indebted to the volunteers who cheerfully make the event happen each year. In particular we’d like to thank the Ursini Family and Newport Rib Company for the delicious meal and the warm hospitality.  Congratulations to Coach Rollinson '67 and the entire football team for the thrilling victory over Corona Centennial!

Go Monarchs!

The Motherway Family


About Michael

Michael Motherway '86 was a beloved father, husband, friend, and classmate whose life was cut short by ALS. As ALS slowly stole Mike’s physical strength, his unshakable faith, courage, humor, and humility became a source of inspiration and awe to those around him. His spiritual transcendence is the legacy he leaves to his wife, Julia; their children, Billy '18 and Cecilia '21; and countless others who knew and loved him.

During his illness Michael's Mater Dei Family came together to support him physically, spiritually and financially.  A fund was created to help with mounting medical expenses as well as fighting to find a cure for ALS.  Following Mike's passing on May 7, 2015 The Motherway Family created the Michael Motherway ’86 Financial Aid Fund to continue his legacy at Mater Dei and support Monarchs who otherwise may not be able to obtain the Monarch experience Michael loved so very much.

As a student at Mater Dei, Michael was a member of ASB, a standout football player, a lead in the Senior Musical and an outstanding Monarch loved by all.  Following graduation, he went onto Princeton.  After Princeton, Mike earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and became a successful entrepreneur.

Each year Michael's friends and family come together to celebrate his legacy with a pre-football game tailgate gathering.  This year's event was another great success. Thank you to all who supported this year's event! 

Donations to the Micheal Motherway '86 Financial Aid Fund today, you may do so here.  Please select other and enter Motherway in the text field.

Thank you Newport Rib Company!

BBQ Rib feast for the Annual Motherway Tailgate provided by Lifetime Parents John and Kathy Ursini and Newport Rib Company. Thank you for your support and GO Monarchs!