The Summer Appeal has helped St. Bernard make significant progress in the expansion and upkeep of the wonderful heritage that is part of the St. Bernard experience. Each summer a specific project is undertaken to improve the campus, expand facilities, increase technology and enhance programs.
This year we entered our Summer Appeal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Bernard continue to feel the impact of this event in a tremendous way. Our Abbey Church was closed and our students were sent home to complete the 2019-20 school year via “distance learning”. Our 36th Annual Bloomin’ Festival was cancelled and our summer camp, Camp St. Bernard, was cancelled as well. All of this adds up to major losses in our work, ministries, and revenue generated to sustain St. Bernard.
Due to these challenges, instead of naming a specific project as beneficiary, the 23rd Summer Appeal supported St. Bernard’s greatest needs. This included the opportunity for donors to support our new Adopt-A-Student Initiative along with operational funding and additional needs as identified by St. Bernard’s administration team.
The Summer Appeal has helped St. Bernard pave roads, repair dorms, build computer labs, install control access systems, create green spaces, upgrade internet and Wi-Fi systems, and most recently restore the Quad at the heart of our campus. Now in its 23rd year, the Summer Appeal continues a legacy of success in making St. Bernard a better place.
St. Bernard’s Development and Alumni Office is pleased to announce that the 2020 Summer Appeal exceeded it’s $300,000 goal, raising over $360,000 thanks to nearly 1,000 members of the St. Bernard Family!