QND Foundation selects chairs for 36th Annual Fund Drive
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Julie Bowen and Ralph Oakley have been selected as chairpersons of the Quincy Notre Dame Foundation’s 36th Annual Fund Drive.
The 2013 drive kicks off January 18 with a breakfast meeting at the school during which this year’s fundraising goal will be announced.
The foundation has raised more than $10.5 million in the past 35 years and exceeded its 2012 goal of $405,000 by $35,000. The money raised helps keep tuition affordable by paying a portion of the school’s operating costs and closing the gap between the cost to educate a student and tuition. The fund drive additionally supports QND’s financial aid program. Tuition at QND for the 2012-2013 school year is $4,800 per student, but the actual cost to educate each student is $5,850. QND’s 2012-13 enrollment is 392.
Bowen, a 1989 graduate and class salutatorian, is senior vice president of marketing and compliance with Mercantile Bank. She is a member of St. Peter Church, serves as co-chair of St. Peter School’s marketing and enrollment committee, and as communication chairperson of the Quincy Catholic Schools Collaboration Team. Bowen is a graduate of both John Wood Community College and Missouri Southern State University. She is an advisory board member for Quincy branch of the Central Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and a board member of The Community Foundation of the Quincy Area. Julie and her husband, Scott, have one son, Vincent, age 11 who attends St. Peter School.
“The gifts received through QND Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive directly impact QND students and families. Not only do they help close the gap between the cost to educate each student and the tuition received, but most importantly, they provide the much needed tuition assistance to students and families who would not otherwise be able to attend Quincy Notre Dame. Donations are more than just a financial gift, they are the promise of a Catholic education and a bright future based on a strong foundation of learning, fellowship, and faith,” stated Bowen.
Oakley is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Quincy Newspapers, Inc. which operates 12 television stations, two radio stations and two newspapers, including WGEM and The Quincy Herald-Whig. Active in the community and in industry affairs, Oakley is past founding chairman of the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area and past chairman of the Quincy University Board of Trustees. He has also been involved with the United Way, Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and GREDF. Oakley’s wife, Lisa, is a past member of the QND Foundation board. Their two daughters are graduates of Quincy Notre Dame.
“I saw firsthand the terrific education received by our daughters and the life lessons learned at QND,” said Oakley. “The school continues to provide great opportunity for students and families. The fund drive helps QND fulfill its mission. Further, QND fills a very important role across the entire community and region.”
In addition to the leadership of Bowen and Oakley, QND’s Annual Fund Drive will be supported by 120 volunteers in the business phase of this year’s campaign, 65 individuals in the parish phase, and more than 70 to assist with the drive’s alumni phon-a-thon effort.