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Please consider partnering with us to extend Fenwick’s legacy of Excellence, Leadership, Tradition well into our second century. Thank you.
Fr. Richard Peddicord, O.P.
Centennial Campaign Update
At the conclusion of our 90th school year in June 2019 and looking ahead to our centennial celebration in 2028-29, Fenwick High School is thrilled to begin construction of the Michael R. Quinlan ’62 Parking Center!
By the beginning of the 2020-21 school year a +-325 spot parking garage will occupy the space created by last summer’s demolition of the apartment buildings on Scoville directly adjacent to the fieldhouse. Imagine, abundant, readily accessible, convenient, safe and secure parking right here on our campus! Anyone (i.e., the entire Fenwick community!) who has ever circled the surrounding blocks in search of a parking space, sighed with frustration at someone pulling into the last spot in the lot, or grimaced at a parking ticket under one’s wiper blade is excited!
Traffic/Parking Alert: In addition to Fenwick’s construction activity over the next year, the Village of Oak Park is reconstructing Madison St. this summer to reduce it from four lanes to two. This roadwork should be completed in time for the 2019-20 school year. However, parking and traffic around Fenwick this summer and through next school year are going to be even more difficult than currently. Please keep this in mind when planning a trip to school.
Facilities Master Plan
With the completion of the Michael R. Quinlan ’62 Parking Center, Phase One of Excellence, Leadership, Tradition – The Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School will also be complete. However, the Quinlan Parking Center, it is not yet fully funded.
Since inception, The Centennial Campaign has raised $18 million in cash gifts and pledges – exclusive of any planned gifts (bequests, trust, life insurance, etc.) earmarked for endowment. Between renovation and construction costs of earlier projects in Phase One, site preparation costs for the parking garage and other Campaign expenses, $4 million has been spent. An additional $2 million has been restricted to current financial assistance or endowment, and $3 million has been restricted to Phase Two of the Centennial Campaign.
That leaves $9 million available for construction of the Quinlan Parking Center. With garage construction costs of $13.5 million, Fenwick still needs to raise $4.5 million to fully fund the parking center:
Centennial Campaign Dollars Committed to Date $18 million
Spent on Mazzone Chapel and Fenwick Field ($2 million)
Parking Center Site Preparation/Campaign Expenses ($2 million)
Earmarked for Endowment/Tuition Assistance ($2 million)
Restricted to Phase Two ($3 million)
Cost of Quinlan Parking Center $13.5 million
Needed to Complete Phase One $4.5 million
Completion of the parking center is critical because it takes the “parking question” out of the enrollment decision and enables Fenwick to continue to attract families from a wide area of Chicagoland.
Additionally, given the practicalities of construction on Fenwick’s footprint – while continuing to operate an excellent college preparatory high school with a full range of programs – the parking center must be completed before the other phases of The Centennial Campaign commence, as Fenwick’s current parking lot (photo below) will become a construction staging area for months at a time.
As Fenwick raises the necessary funds and the construction calendar permits, phases two and three of the master facilities plan will be completed through The Centennial Campaign in the years after 2020 and before our centennial celebration in 2028-29. These phases address many student life needs identified in the original strategic planning process and are supported by the current strategic plan.
Phase Two — Centennial Addition (view renderings) a four-story, multi-purpose building
- 21st century classroom space and meeting areas.
- New music, choir and art space.
- New indoor athletic practice and training fieldhouse.
- New ground-level dining room, kitchen, student union and landmark entrance.
Phase 3 — Interior Renovation and Exterior Finishing (view renderings)
- Current cafeteria becomes a 250-person auditorium.
- Current kitchen becomes athletic training/fitness area.
- Creation of a campus-like feel with a quad, dramatic archway onto campus and landscaping, all in keeping with the collegiate Gothic style of architecture that elevates our students’ expectations.
ENDOWMENT GROWTH/TUITION ASSISTANCE
Alongside the improvements in the master facilities plan, Excellence, Leadership, Tradition – The Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School also seeks to increase commitments and realized gifts to the endowment and current tuition assistance by $50 million by 2028-2029. This will provide on-going tuition assistance and faculty professional development funds for generations to come.
Current tuition assistance is provided by several individual and class “named” expendable scholarship funds. Current gifts to the endowment, including several class scholarship efforts and individual “named” funds provide tuition assistance and faculty professional development funds in perpetuity.
We also expect planned giving – bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance, retirement assets, and the like – to play an increasingly important role in Fenwick’s ability to reach its endowment goals. We have increased our educational initiatives about planned giving via newsletters and our website, and we continue to identify advisors within the Fenwick community who can provide assistance with sophisticated, tax-advantaged, even income-producing gifts that can benefit you and/or your family, while also providing support to Fenwick.
Documented planned gift intentions to Fenwick are recognized by the benefactor’s inclusion in the Bernacki Society. Over the past three or so years over 20 new benefactors have joined the Bernacki Society. We expect to continue to see excellent growth in the Bernacki Society during The Centennial Campaign and beyond. For more information about the benefits of planned giving and/or the Bernacki Society, please contact Jean Johnson, Senior Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving: email@example.com, 708-948-0308.
This is a momentous time for Fenwick. With your continued generosity and faith in Fenwick, Excellence, Leadership, Tradition – the Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School will be a tremendous success and will ensure that future generations of Friars can enjoy the same academic rigor rooted in faith that the Dominicans have taught at Fenwick since 1929. Thank you!
For more information or any questions about The Centennial Campaign, please contact Chris Ritten, V.P. of Institutional Advancement: firstname.lastname@example.org, 708-948-0350.
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