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#GivingTuesday reaches half a million for St. Bede

PERU — St. Bede set record highs for giving during Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3.

During the daylong event, 309 alumnae and alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students contributed to the St. Bede Fund, helping to raise more than $152,000; a 20 percent increase over the year before. The results broke records for the school in both participation numbers and dollars, making Giving Tuesday 2019 St. Bede’s largest day ever. In their fifth year of participation, St. Bede has reached over half a million dollars.

With a goal for St. Bede of $83,000, the day was set in motion with matches of $41,500 received from several generous donors. They included: an anonymous donor of $12,500, Daubert Chemical Co, $10,000, Angelo Perino, ’80, David Porter, ’61, Michael Rossiter ’61, and Stephen Stevens ’69, each with matching gifts of $5,000 and LaSalle State Bank with a match of $1,500. To keep the momentum going when they reached their goal, St. Bede received a $15,000 additional challenge match from Gene Bernardoni ’57 and one for $2,500 from an anonymous donor. With the help of these matches, St. Bede was able to well exceed its goal and set a new record total of over $152,000. With a 10 percent increase in participation from the year before, more than 309 donations were received, which also included faculty/staff and St. Bede students.

Giving Tuesday is a globally recognized day of giving back and follows the holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On this day, individuals worldwide unite their efforts for the benefit of the charitable causes that matter most to them and for the betterment of their communities.

“Our students understand the importance of giving back, and we are proud of the many ways they do that not just today but every day,” stated Superintendent Dr. Ted Struck.

“Our students take part in many service-related projects. Some of those included a blood fair held in November, our mission trips, Habitat for Humanity and our ongoing support for the food pantry, to name a few,” Struck said.

For the fifth year, the St. Bede family poured out its tremendous support on Giving Tuesday.

“Since our first year of participation in 2015, fund donated on Giving Tuesday have increased 60 percent, which is just amazing,” stated Development Director Julia Yaklich.

“The generosity and overwhelming kindness from our St. Bede family for this day has made a significant impact to the St. Bede Fund. We were thrilled to top half a million dollars in five years, and doubly grateful to all our generous matching donors over the years which were instrumental to our success.”

Yaklich continued, “The power of all forms of media was evident and our strong alumni network who rallied their classes together to participate.”

Abbot Philip, O.S.B. ’65, commented: “We are truly blessed and moved with the impact of our St. Bede family’s generosity on Giving Tuesday. The outpouring of kindness these five years demonstrates the commitment of our alumni, family and friends to support our important mission of preparing our students for their future, both academically and spiritually.”

The St. Bede Fund is a means of providing a steady stream of income to the school and yearly donated funds help with the day-to-day costs of operating St. Bede to meet its annual budget. Gifts to The St. Bede Fund are vital to reduce the actual tuition cost by 61 percent and provide the dollars needed to bridge this gap.

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