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Centennial Capital Campaign

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The Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School is designed to address the long-term financial and facilities needs of Fenwick into its second century.

Well in advance of Fenwick’s centennial celebration in 2029, the Board of Directors undertook a strategic planning process designed to highlight the areas to which Fenwick will need to direct resources in the coming years in order to not only remain competitive, but to continue to be a school of first choice for students and to thrive as a community beacon for all its stakeholders—alumni, past parents, current students and parents, faculty and staff, administration and other friends. 

This strategic planning process identified needs in five primary areas:

Academic, arts and student life
Athletic
Administrative
Facilities
Financial

With the strategic plan as a backdrop and the four core Dominican spiritual values of prayer, preaching, study and community as the underlying philosophical rationale, a facilities master plan was developed to address as many of the above needs as possible. Similarly, a financial plan has been developed to address long-term sustainability challenges. The Centennial Campaign has been designed to address all of these needs and to ensure that Fenwick continues to thrive.

Stretched over a 12 year period, this is not a typical campaign of 3-5 years to address an immediate need. This has been deliberately designed as a long-term strategic campaign that will address needs over time and well into Fenwick’s second century. However, the necessity of fundraising and the construction process will require three distinct phases to the campaign in terms of capital raising and facilities construction priorities.

There are three main groups of facilities components to the Campaign:

Chapel renovation, Priory turf field and parking garage
Centennial addition
Renovation to current space and exterior architectural integrity, traffic flow, landscaping

There are two main financial components to the Campaign:

Endowment
Current tuition assistance

More than $7 million has been raised during this initial quiet phase of the Centennial Campaign, and we have much to celebrate this fall as the first two priorities have been completed – the Pearl and Angelo Mazzone Chapel renovation and the Priory field turf project. 


Thanks to the generosity of Angelo Mazzone III ’66, the Pearl and Angelo Mazzone Chapel was completely renovated in the summer of 2017 and will be dedicated during the Mass of Remembrance on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. All members of the Fenwick community are welcome.

 
Thanks to the generosity of many others, the long-awaited first artificial turf field for rain-or-shine Fenwick athletic activity was completed at the Priory (Division and Harlem) in River Forest during the summer of 2017 as well. On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the dedication ceremony took place at 4:00 p.m. before the Fenwick vs. Providence boys’ varsity soccer game. 

Watch the priory turf field dedication


Both of these priorities of Fenwick’s Centennial facilities master plan and Centennial Capital Campaign are momentous occasions for Fenwick to celebrate. We welcome your participation.

This quiet phase of the Centennial Campaign will continue through the final priority of the first phase of the multi-year Centennial facilities plan – the completion of a new parking garage on Fenwick’s block.  
We look forward to the completion of this next priority of the Centennial facilities plan and the next stage of the Centennial Capital Campaign beyond that. Working with our philanthropic partners will ensure that Fenwick thrives well beyond 2029 into its second century.

Please stay tuned for more updates in the months ahead. Thank you.
 

If you have any questions about the Centennial Campaign or Fenwick’s institutional advancement efforts in general, please contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Chris Ritten at 708-948-0350 or critten@fenwickfriars.com. If you'd like to make a pledge to the Centennial Campaign, please click here.

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