The St. Thomas Alumni Association has gifted the school with a $50,000 contribution to the 4500Forever Finish Strong capital campaign, the final fundraising initiative designed to complete the Joplin Campus expansion.
Association Vice President Dominic Savarino ‘88 (Tuscan ‘19) made the formal announcement with St. Thomas Vice President for Advancement Mark deTranaltes ‘83 during the recent Alumni Weekend celebration.
“We are ever-grateful for the Alumni Association for recognizing this significant development in our efforts to best serve our students, now and for decades to come,” deTranaltes said. “This is an unprecedented move by the organization which is not built as a fundraising arm. They operate with limited resources so every single dollar is meaningful.”
deTranaltes recalled discussions when the donation was first proposed.
“Within minutes a member suggested that theirs is a ‘rainy day’ reserve and that he couldn’t identify a better ‘rainy day’ cause than helping the campus expand … that the future of St. Thomas is why they were all here. The response was immediate 100% approval which speaks to the group’s loyalty to St. Thomas and appreciation of the contributions our students make to society.”
The monumental acquisition to secure the adjacent property from HISD is a commitment by the Basilian Fathers and supporters to further strengthen St. Thomas’ forward momentum at the vanguard of college preparatory education, not only in Texas but throughout the region.
4500Forever Finish Strong, co-chaired by Amy and Bo Huggins (Pete ‘16, Ty ‘17 and Ben ‘19) has raised roughly $8 million of the necessary $12 million for the Joplin Campus redevelopment.
HISD broke ground in October 2016 on its new campus for the High School for Law and Justice at Scott St. and Coyle St. in East Downtown. The project is currently slated to be finished by June 2018 with St. Thomas then aiming to take full possession of the purchased property within 60-90 days.