In June, LaSalle’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors announced the start of a fundraising effort and a goal $160,000 from private donations that would be matched – two for one – by the Christian Brothers Community at LaSalle, and the LaSalle School Foundation resulting in $800,000 for the Hanner Center for Excellence and Lasallian Mission. As of October 21st, private donations exceeded its original $160,000 goal by just over $45,000.
Building on solid results during a quiet phase in which LaSalle administrators and board members visited and met with community organizations and individuals throughout the summer, friends and donors supporting LaSalle annually eagerly joined the public effort bringing the number of donors to ninety-seven. The Hanner Center for Excellence and Lasallian Mission is the second phase of a two-part facility improvement plan which included $1.2 million in renovations to LaSalle’s independent living dormitories. The Hanner Center will feature upgraded presentation technology as well as improvements to accommodate rapidly growing training and staff development programs, and expand the use of the Christian Brothers Community at LaSalle.
An October 16th cocktail party was held at the Century House to celebrate this achievement. In their remarks to friends and donors at the event, James Blendell, chairman of LaSalle’s Board of Trustees, Kevin Maney, president of the LaSalle Foundation, Brother John McManus, FSC, and LaSalle Executive Director Bill Wolff congratulated every donor supporting the campaign. Wolff said “You have helped LaSalle to once again, adapt to the current circumstances and be better positioned to not just survive into the future, but to have a meaningful impact on the lives of families and children.”
Plans are now underway for the final anniversary event. The December Holiday Open House benefiting the 100 year old Catholic Women’s Service League will be held Saturday evening, December 6th. For more details, please contact LaSalle’s Office of Communications and Development – 518-242-4731 x271 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Begun in 1854 as an orphanage, today LaSalle School is a residential treatment center for youth specializing in residential placements, specialized trauma treatment, day education services, outpatient counseling, and is an alternative to detention for youth and families.
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