Save St. Edward School
$29,878 of $600,000 goal
TOTAL: Over $530,000
(Includes GoFundMe and Pledges)
EDIT: We have exceeded our initial goal of $400,000 and are still collecting pledges to reduce the total repair cost of $600,000. Pledges should now be mailed or delivered to the parish office.
If you plan on donating a large amount (over $1000) please contact the Rectory or School office directly.
To inspire potential donors, please also call ((309)-339-6370) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that you pledge may be recorded on this list.
0 St. Edward Knights of Columbus - $8000
1 Bob Akers - $5,000
2 Tazio Grivetti & Family - $10,000
3 Herb Rodier - $10,000
4 Larry Tadie - $10,000
5 Joe Langenstein - $10,000
6 Val Schonberger - $10,000
7 Diane and Daniel Stanek - $5,000; Mark Stanek- $500
8 St. Edward Parents Club - $12,000
9 Anonymous - $10,000
10 Kenneth & Colleen Hillard - $12,000
11 Teri Brownfield - $500
12 Nicholas Ramos - $105
13 Frank & Chris Timmerman - $10,000
14 Scott & Summer Wallington - $5,000
15 Steve Verdun & TSS Photography - $300
16 Dennis & Nancy Gould - $5,000
17 St. Edward Raffle Club - $10,000
18 Dr. Damian Grivetti - $5,000
19 Kay Dawson & Bushell Family - $10,030
21 Susan Vonk- $10,000
20 Rich & Mary Schneider - $10,000
- In Memory of Jack & Joanne Buckley
22 Joel &Michelle Skalet $4,600; Norah Skalet - $50
23 Patrick & Margaret Mohrman -$10,000
24 Colm & Theresa Flannery - $500
25 Anonymous - $1,000
26 Anonymous - $15,000
- For all teachers and school support staff!
27 Anonymous - $11,000
28 Mindy & Matt West - $2,000
29 Chuck & Becky Vail - $1,100
30 Austin & Melissa Griggs - $1,000
31 Bill's Small Engline - $1,000
32 Andy & Katey Eberle - $5,000
33 Melanie Pasulka - $500
34 Carroll Family - $10,000
- In Memory of Dean & Susan Carroll
35 Mulcahey Family - $800
36 Thomas Foster - $500
37 Mike & Chris Thorton - $2,000
38 Dcn. John Merdian - $5,000
39 Jeff & Sandi Meyers - $5,000
40 Howard Simmons - $1,000
41 Anonymous - $5,000
42 Mrs. Ghigi & PHD Services - $3,000
43 Pat & Sylvia Murphy - $2,500
44 Greg & Jackie Padesky - $3,000
45 Peg Nauman - $5,000
46 Andy Perry - $20,000
47 Anonymous - $20,000
48 Chuck Maroon - $100
49 Anonymous - $5,000
50 Dave & Marianne Hirtz - $10,000
51 Bob & Mary Adams - $10,000
52 Mat & Teresa Storti - $1,000
53 Roxanne Jacobs - $250
54 Rachel Espinosa - $500
55 Judy & Jack Stromberger - $2,000
56 D. & T. Cockrell - $200
57 Jim & Terri Castle - $1,000
58 Anne Contratto - $1,000
59 Earl, Deanna, and Julia Gardner - $1,000
60 Paula Gherke - $2,000
61 Suffern Family - $5,000
62 Mary & Mick Horan - $6,000
63 Erin Thiessen - $250
64 Rachel, Andrea, & Alyvia Fager - $345
65 Jim & Amy Fager - $100
66 Allen & Laurie March - $100
67 Dale & Lucille Pope - $1,000
68 Mary Kent - $100; Jeff Kent -$250
69 Adam & Kyle Bushell - $30
70 Nanette Scrivner - $1,000
71 Tom & Sheri Schmit - $5,000
72 Sandy Ziegler - $1,000
73 Tim & Mary Lou Jones - $1,000
74 Yolanda Higgens - $300
75 Paul & Mary Delgado - $1,000
76 Katherine-Anne Bogner - $50
77 William Brown - $1,000
76 Fred & Gail Kruse - $500; Gail Kruse - $250
78 Barb & Tom Rohman - $1,000
79 Riverside Chevrolet - $1,000
80 Rex & Nell Jackson Foundation - $10,000
81 Katherine Martin - $500
82 Peoria County Sheriffs Deputies Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 157 - $250
83 Scott & Jan Boerke - $1,000
84 Anonymous - $500
85 Tom & Colleen Schmitt - $1,000
86 Genevieve Cahill - $500
87 Chuck & Patty Flagg - $2,000
In Memory of Nick Flagg
88 Mark & Kathy Allard - $1,000
89 James& Shirley Anderson - $1,000
90 Chuck & Mary Mundy - $1,000
91 Mary Jean Shimp - $10,000
92 Anonymous - $5,000
93 Anonymous - $5,000
94 Deborah Hofmann - $100
95 Anita Ward - $100
96 Nancy Kaelin - $250
97 Neil Vonk - $250
98 Anonymous - $100
99 William & Janice Nordsiek - $500
100 Anonymous - $5000
101 Richard & Carol Dubois - $25
102 Christina McCasky - $1,000
103 Dav & Lynn Wyzgowski - $5,000
104 Anonymous - $500
105 Jim & Ginny Passe - $1,000
On Behalf of the Memory of Walter & Margaret Passe
106 Ron & Debi Cox - $100
107 Carol Donton - $100
108 Jerrod & Beth Hoek - $5,000
109 Andy & Amy Perring - $100
110 Galindo Family - $2,000
In Memory of William, Sr., Mary, and Billy Galindo
111 Anonymous - $50
112 Erin Dennis - $50
113 Mike & Donna Cline - $1,000
114 Guy Christopher - $500
115 Dick & Peggy Rupiper - $10,000
116 Ken Villager - $1,000
117 Morgan & Emily Ellington - $172
118 Anonymous - $1,000
119 Betty & William Schearer - $1,000
120 Ben & Jackie Taylor - $50
121 Mary Carole Halicki - $50
122 John & Kathleen Hill - $100
123 Richard & Mary Webster - $50
124 Anonymous - $100
125 Constance Kindillien - $100
126 Michael Smith - $500
127 Thomas Highfill - $10
128 Jeffrey Kent - $250
129 William & Frances Dallinger - $25
130 Joe & Carol Volpe - $100
131 Beverly Schmidt - $25
132 Connor & Riley Simmons - $1,000
133 Kay Lee - $1,000
134 Buffington Family - $440
135 KofC Spalding Council - $1,000
136 Kenneth Baker - $1,000
137 Ruby Bodtke - $500
Cutting Edge Salon - $200+
Brody's Closet - $2700+
Rachel Myers Photography - $700+
Pizza Peel Fundraiser - $1,500+
Slider's Fundraiser - $650+
Castaway's Fundraiser - $1000+
I have one final update for the online component of the school repair campaign.
Father announced at Mass this week that the total amount raised (cash-in-hand) is in excess of $530,000 - over half-a-million dollars for the roof repair and asbestos abatement.
Work has also begun inside the school - but it will be some time before the anything becomes dramatically visible. In the meantime, our teachers are busy preparing Chillicothe Bible Church's North School to house the school children from St. Edward while the repairs are completed.
Father also mentioned that several spurious rumors have been circulating, including that the Diocese has "taken over" or "confiscated the funds." These claims are false. Diocesan officials and parishioners who are knowledgeable in these matters are, however, advising Father on how to best spend the money to receive the lowest price for the highest quality work.
As we have far exceeded the initial goal of $400,000, we ask that all new donations be send directly to the rectory, rather than through the website. Donations will continue to be accepted for the total repair cost of $600,000. The rectory is also available to answer any questions you may have about the campaign and other ways that you can support St. Edward School.
Finally, I would like to extend my personal thanks to everyone who contributed to this campaign to save our school. It has truly been a blessing to see such generosity from so many people to support Catholic Education in Chillicothe. I encourage everyone to celebrate this achievement and to make a commitment to revitalize our school and parish life to build a faith filled future for our shared community.
While donations have slowed as work repair work begins, we still have been receiving donations from fundraisers and private individuals this past week.
The current total is slightly over $480,000. Next week (when I return from the mountains of Colorado) we will work to confirm if there are any donations not recorded on this website and if there are any outstanding pledges that have not yet arrived at the parish office.
As before, if you know of any donations not recorded on this page please send me an email, and if you know of anyone who may wish to make a contribution toward the total repair cost of about $600,000, please reach out to them.
Currently we are hovering just below $475k with
$473,158 collected. I estimate that we will reach $500,000 but it is likely there will be a -manageable- amount of new debt.
Some upcoming fundraisers are as follows:
Saturday: Brody's Closet
Sunday: Town Theater, Cutting Edge
Wednesday: Lucky Dog's Pub
Please patronize these local businesses as we work to raise the final costs of a the roof repairs and reduce the new parish debt.
School registration will be open on Monday August 1 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
Hopefully, repairs will be completed in time for the second semester.
We will still be accepting donations to cover the full cost, which has been revised to about $575,000. Please continue to reach out to those who have yet to participate to join the campaign.
(With the current parish debt of $80,000, I estimate that the parish will currently have a total of less than $195,000 in debt - still less than the original $250,000 at the start of the debt reduction campaign.)
I want to extend my personal thanks to all of you who participated in this campaign - YOU saved St. Edward School!
I will begin searching for a plaque to commemorate this momentous occasion in the history of our parish and community and to inspire future generations.
Let us now continue this positive momentum into the future as we work to revitalize our parish life and place our school on a sustainable foundation for years to come.
Again, thank you.
No Mick I don't agree. Since you haven't been involved lately our numbers have been going up as more people want a Catholic education for their child. Unfortunately just like everyone else when the economy took a hit awhile ago so did we. But we have worked very hard to bring the numbers back up. I don't see us a money pit I see us as an institute that forms and shapes the minds of our future. With the things going on in our country God needs to be a part of education. I'm sad and sorry you don't feel like we are worth it.
I am a parent to 3 children who have received an education in that "money pit" if I had a goldmine of money to put in that school, I would! I have played the lottery a few times in hopes I won & could put my finances into that school! I believe in that school. Besides my parenting, that school is a contributing factor as to why my kids are the way they are! We are family in that school!! That school has been standing for a long time. Such a shame to see all that history be torn down. My thought is that the church may not stand much longer either. If I choose to send my kids to St. Jude, it will cost me less if I become a parishioner there. That would be the logical thing to do. If other families follow suit who will remain? Such a shame to give up on a true gem in our community!!
St. Edward is a "money pit" like your own children are a "money pit" - yes it costs money, but it's the future. From another point of view, without the school, the future is lost. Without the school, the parish will whither, just like all the other parishes where the schools have closed. If this school closes, we are moving out of town. Why would a Catholic family with children move to Chillicothe, if there is no school? They will all move to Dunlap, or some other community with a Catholic school. If this comes to pass, it hurts the entire community as well.
Has anyone at the school tried contacting a big contractor to do the work. It's a long shot but maybe someone with a big heart might send a crew over and volunteer their work for the school. That could reduce the cost big time if labor was free. We will be praying.
This school is far from a money pit. Can't put a price on the education my kids have received. With 2 graduating from Peoria Notre Dame and one at IVC, I speak from years of experience with this school. They are educated far beyond just math, science, and reading. They are better human beings and strong Catholics due to this school and it's teachers
I will never be in favor of closing a Catholic grade school. St Edwards like so many other small town Catholic schools are places of overwhelming importance. They provide the building blocks for the moral foundation that is so important for the future leaders of our communities. Faith formation matters. Please give. It is NEVER a waste.
Let us maintain civility in this comment section. I will not delete opposing opinions because I think that it is important that we have an open discussion as a Parish community, and I think that this campaign is a way for parishioners to support their words with action. At the very least, it does not hurt for us to try to raise the 400k to save the school by Aug. 1.
My heart is breaking for everyone involved. My grandchildren have attended St. Edward School for the last 2 years and their mother, my daughter, was going to be teaching there this year. We just went through all of this junk at Midland with the Lacon Grade School and we are going to have to watch this school go through the same thing. So so sad. Prayers for all of you. Linda Klein, Lacon
I know you aren't going to like what I have to say but....Being one of the elders in the Church(75years) was on the Parish Counsel both in fiancé and education for many years.Help put the fire alarm system in,made the many pigeon holes for kinder garden,donated all the ceiling,paneling and floor tile for the basket ball officials room,put in the divider in the cafeteria and helped pay for the alum. bleachers.I have been away from it awhile but I understand that some class rooms have very few children .The school has always been a money pit.I vote to close the school if we can't afford it.It is very sad because St.Edwards School has been excellent .Mick Horan
Curious what happens if you don't reach 400k by aug 1 but raise enough through direct donations. I know gofundme will automatically give the money back if the goal (at least on the website) is not reached. But what happens if over all it's reached but not on gofundme?
Gino, you are a remarkable young man. I would like to mention you by name in my blog when I get a minute. Please let me know if you would rather I not. It was very nice to speak with you this evening. (I should have asked then) I've never been so proud of someone I've never met. Keep up the outstanding work!! WAY TO GO CHILLICOTHE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA!!!!!!!!!!! Please keep going! The ability to keep this school open will affect many generations to come!! SO EXCITED!!!
So thankful for Catholic education. Perhaps the school might consider pledges for adding new classroom onto the school every one or two years. This way the school will be renovated slowly. In Bloomington, ALL of the parishoners in all of the five churches in the area were asked to pledge 1,000 for five years to pay down the Central Catholic High School debt. Three different Elementary/ Jr. High schools merge on to Central Catholic.
Gino, I do not know you personally, but as a fellow alumni, and a sister in Christ, I can truly say that you are perhaps the biggest testament in our history to the caliber of people whom Saint Edwards produces. THANK YOU. To you, your family, all who worked and continue to work so hard on this campaign. I pray you know the hope, inspiration, and stewardship that have been witnessed literally by all our friends and family around the world because of your efforts and your perseverance. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Peace+Blessings!
Is there a way to donate against saving the school