As we approach the close of St. Paul’s 50th anniversary year, the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign is still going strong. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors and provide a brief update on the capital campaign.
Thanks to the generosity of the numerous campaign donors listed in this newsletter, we are very happy to announce that we have already raised over $1.25 million. This has enabled us to complete a major portion of our capital campaign projects. The completed projects include: significantly upgrading the athletic fields with lights, bleachers, and a concession stand; installing air conditioning in the auditorium; upgrading building security; installing wireless capabilities throughout the building; and updating the technology and computer automated design labs.
These improvements have truly transformed St. Paul and dramatically improved the holistic educational experience for our students. We could not have made this much progress without your generous support, but there is still work to be done.
With students and other members of our community visiting to enjoy home basketball and volleyball games, wrestling matches and other events throughout the year, there is a need to replace the 50-year old gym floor and bleachers as well as to establish a meaningful endowment fund, creating a solid foundation for the next 50 years. In order to complete the gym renovations next summer and significantly enhance our endowment fund, we are tipping off our next phase of the Capital Campaign and calling it, “The 4th Quarter Fast Break”.
This next phase will provide naming opportunities and a donor recognition wall outside the gym for all donors giving $1,000 or more.
This is our moment to make a lasting impression on the future of St. Paul. If you haven’t yet contributed to the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, we encourage you to do so now. If you have already given, we sincerely thank you and ask you to consider adding to your gift. May God bless you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Tom C. Peloquin ’78 and Nancy M. Palmisano ’71
Capital Campaign Co-Chairs
St. Paul Catholic High School recently launched the “general phase” of the Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign. This major fundraising effort is the result of a two year visioning process undertaken by school leadership to identify and address critical needs.
As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of providing quality Catholic secondary education to thousands of young men and women, it is a very appropriate and exciting time to embark on a campaign of significant scope and magnitude. It is a time to not only “honor our past,” but to build on recent growth and transformation as we focus on our pursuit of greatness.
St. Paul is currently flourishing. Enrollment is at its highest level in twenty-five years and although academic curriculum, athletic, and fine arts programs have been expanded and facilities significantly enhanced during the past few years, there is still much more to be done. It’s a perfect time to build on a special tradition created five decades ago and a mission that challenges young men and women of diverse backgrounds “to be their personal best in academics, athletics, fine arts, and service to others, as they prepare for the rigors of college and lifelong learning.”
We are hopeful that the campaign will be embraced by all our constituents and that there will be an outpouring of generosity as phases are implemented during the next sixteen months. The St. Paul administration and School Board conducted a comprehensive process to initiate this capital campaign, which will allocate funds raised according to the framework below.
Marcus McPhee ’86
“SPCHS remains a special place for me based on the fond memories of my experiences.
I always wanted to send my children to SPCHS, but I never realized how fulfilling
it was going to be; to be part of the positive, healthy, faithful atmosphere SPCHS offers.
Although my high school days are long behind me, I look forward to the first day this year!”
“This capital campaign sets the tone for the future, and provides a stepping stone
for the next 50 years allowing St. Paul to continue providing
an exceptional Catholic high school educational experience.”
“When it came time to decide on a high school for our daughters,
there were many options, but for us there was one clear choice. It’s such an honor
for my daughters to continue the legacy and return home to St. Paul.”