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Join us for the 2024 Cardinal Excellence Fund Dinner and Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2024, in Winona, Minn.

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Please register by March 8, 2024.

The Cardinal Excellence Fund Dinner and Hall of Fame is a celebration of Cardinal Athletics -- past and present -- highlighted by the induction of the new Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame Class. As we also recognize the accomplishments of our current student-athletes, generations of Cardinal athletes have a unique opportunity to make connections through their shared experiences. Finally, we recognize the generosity of our Cardinal Excellence Fund supporters, whose contributions are an important resource in helping Cardinal Athletics develop our student-athletes on a personal, professional, and competitive level. Join us as we celebrate these and all Cardinal Athletics successes this year! 

Event Details:

Saturday, March 23, 2024
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - Social
6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program

Visions Event Center
22852 County Rd 17
Winona, Minn.

Your ticket includes dinner and two drink tickets. 

Meal: Chicken with Beurre Blanc 
Grilled split chicken breast, wild rice blend, steamed green beans with a beurre blanc sauce.

The main meal can be made gluten or dairy free. For those with other/further dietary restrictions, the Chef will make a pasta dish to meet all other restrictions with or without chicken.


Hotel Information:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Mariott Winona
925 Bruski Dr, Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 474-2500
Block: Saint Mary's Sports Hall of Fame
$161 King, $170 double queen.  
The room block will close Feb. 23, 2024.


The following hotels have a 5%-off "Visit" rate for anyone visiting the local colleges. Mention when calling to get the discount:

The Plaza Hotel & Suite
1025 Highway 61 E, Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 453-0303

Holiday Inn Express
1128 Homer Rd., Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 474-1700

Questions? Contact Brian Sisson at 507-457-1638 or bsisson@smumn.edu  

Meet the 2024 Hall of Fame Class

Cardinal Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Under the tutelage of Hall of Fame baseball coach Max Molock, Weisenburger was awarded First-Team All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors three years in a row. Weisenburger closed out an illustrious four-year career with the Saint Mary's baseball team hitting .275 overall — including .342 as a junior and .329 as a senior, when he also served as team captain. Voted as the MIAC's top catcher each of his last three seasons, Weisenburger was tabbed the conference's Most Valuable Player in 1975, while also being named as a member of the Outstanding College Athletes of America the same year. Weisenburger was the starting catcher for Saint Mary's 1972 MIAC championship team.
JAMIE RATTUNDE B'05 (Women's Basketball)
A four-year regular for the Saint Mary's women's basketball team, Nelson helped guide the Cardinals to the MIAC post-season tournament each of her four years — including a semifinal appearance in 2004-05. She was a D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Region as a senior, not to mention landing First-Team All-MIAC honors in each of her final three seasons, while being selected to the MIAC All-Defensive Team all four years. Nelson closed out her collegiate career averaging 14.3 ppg and 7.9 rpg, while recording 350 steals and dishing out 385 assists. Nelson ranks first in program history in free throws made (423), free throws attempted (596), and minutes played (3271), while also ranking in the top five in eight other career categories.
JENNY (FOLGERS) BAERTSCH B'05 (Track & Field/Cross Country)
A four-year letterwinner, Baertsch was a three-year track captain and a cross country captain her senior year. Owner of a combined 10 indoor/outdoor school records, she was the MIAC hurdles champion in 2004 — and qualified for the NCAA national championships in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Baertsch collected eight First-Team All-MIAC honors and added three honorable-mention selections over her storied career, while being named Academic All-MIAC and USTFCCCA All-Academic each of her last three seasons.