St. Bede Academy raises $100,000 for Annual Fund and serves needy on #GivingTuesday
PERU — St. Bede Academy here raised a record $100,000 on Nov. 28 during a global day of giving promoted primarily via social media and known by the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
“The outpouring of generosity and overwhelming kindness from our St. Bede family with more than 190 donations has made an incredible impact on the St. Bede Annual Fund,” said Julia Yaklich, development director. This was the third year the academy has taken part in the day of philanthropy, and the amount raised was 35 percent more than a year ago.
A number of generous matching donations totaling $38,500 were received, including two $10,000 gifts from an anonymous donor and Daubert Chemical.
In addition, St. Bede students, faculty and staff also performed works of charity as the school hosted a blood drive, a mitten drive, and loaded a bus with donations to an area food pantry.
“We impress upon our students the importance of giving back and are proud of the many ways they do that every day,” said Dr. Ted Struck, superintendent.
The St. Bede Annual Fund helps with the school’s operating expenses and lowers tuition costs.