FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bonnie Nebuda, Director of Advancement
Date: March 3, 2015
LOCAL BANK PROVIDES CHALLENGE MATCH OF $10,000
Bergan Fund continues to see success.
Archbishop Bergan Catholic School was presented with a $10,000 Challenge Match for the Bergan Fund. The matched gift, offered by First State Bank & Trust, was provided for any new or increased donor funds being contributed to the Fund. First State Bank & Trust matched $0.50 for every $1 of increased or new donations. Supporters of Bergan accepted the challenge in late November which helped kick start the Bergan Fund towards their goal.
The Bergan Fund is designed to assist with making all vital educational processes and materials available to the benefit of Archbishop Bergan Catholic School. Annual gifts to the Fund helps ensure Bergan students will continue to receive a superb, college preparatory, Catholic education at a cost that is attainable for our community’s families. The Bergan Fund is conducted annually and gifts help cover the “gap” between affordable tuition and the actual costs of educating a child at Archbishop Bergan Catholic School. Tuition rates can be viewed on Bergan’s website at www.berganknights.org.
“If a school in our community has needs that are not being met or that are underfunded, the educational experience is likely to suffer. We thought it was tremendously important to partner with Bergan and to encourage others to understand that every donor dollar can make a difference. Hopefully, in challenging our neighbors to increase gifts and make first time gifts, we also planted seeds for future support of Bergan as well. Every dollar counts and we were proud to have the opportunity to make a difference,” said Chuck Johannsen, President of First State Bank & Trust Company.
Principal, Dan Koenig believes “our students’ academic successes speak directly to the quality education our students receive; made possible by our faculty, parents, alumni, and community support.” First State Bank & Trust has been an avid supporter of Archbishop Bergan and we are blessed to have them and many generous local corporate supporters.
Faculty and staff of Bergan, School Board members and Alumni Board members have set goals of 100% participation in the 2014-2015 Bergan Fund. Their contributions to Archbishop Bergan go well beyond a time commitment and extend into the treasures they share to benefit the school.
The 2014/2015 goal for the Bergan Fund is $75,000. To date, they have raised approximately $50,000.