QU's Chapel renovation project will cost about $2 million
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University hopes to raise about $100,000 with a live and silent auction
Fundraising is underway for a major project on the Quincy University Campus.
A benefit auction to support preservation of the St. Francis Solunas Chapel at QU has been scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd.
The university hopes to raise about 100 thousand dollars with the live and silent auction.
That money will be paired with nearly 100 thousand dollars already raised to replace the roof on the 100 year old chapel.
But QU president Robert Gervasi says that is just the beginning of the preservation work.
"Some things are not visible, like the foundation needs to be shored up, the exterior walls need to be tucked and pointed, the interior walls are showing leakage. The stained glass windows are a hundred years old and the fittings in those windows need to be re-strengthened."
The 100 year old pews also need refinishing.
Gervasi says the roof alone will cost about 220 to 250 thousand dollars.
The total project is closer to 2 million and the school would like to raise another half million...
"To create an endowment just for the chapel, so that we don't wait another hundred years to do this work."
For more information visit www.quincy.edu/chapel.