LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Catholic) - Catholic High announced Oct. 10 that the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities of Dallas, Denise and John York of San Francisco and an anonymous Catholic High School alumnus have made a nearly $10 million contribution toward the school's capital campaign.
The Jones family made a nearly $10 million collective gift, as well as a matching component, to help the school reach its $15 million goal. All contributions made between April 2013 and April 2016 will count toward the match.
Principal Steve Straessle said, "Words cannot express how humbled we are by the three families' contributions and all the donations we've already received during our capital campaign. This challenge is inspiring, and we look forward to reaching our goal of $15 million to continue the necessary renovations."
York, Class of 1967, and Jones - along with his two sons, Stephen Jones, Class of 1983, and Jerry Jones Jr., Class of 1988; and son-in-law, Shy Anderson, Class of 1981 - are all past contributors to Catholic High.
"We enrolled our sons at Catholic High because of the school's impeccable reputation and also for the unique opportunity to have our family inspired by the dynamic leadership and personality of (the late) Father (George) Tribou," said Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys. "He was a mentor to my sons and also to me, and his commitment to educating and disciplining young men had a wonderful impact on several generations. His presence at CHS remains very strong and serves as the inspiration for our family's gift and those of many others who will participate in this campaign. His primary goals were always to build a better school while also building outstanding young men, and his legacy will be felt for as long as young men pass through these halls and feel his spirit."
"This capital campaign will help ensure that the same quality education and experience I received will be passed down to more generations to come," said York, co-chairman and owner of the San Francisco 49ers. "Just being a part of the Catholic High history and tradition is an honor."
The capital campaign will support renovations to the school addressing technology integration, mechanical system improvements and critical classroom upgrades.
This is the first major fundraising campaign CHS has undertaken since the current school building was constructed more than 50 years ago. Alumni, family and friends continue to actively support CHS in the pursuit of reaching the goal of attaining the $15 million needed for the renovations.
Benefits of the campaign are already being seen as the installation of new windows, the Roy Davis Athletic Field, cafeteria and gymnasium have all been updated with campaign contributions. The track is currently under construction..
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